Fred Funk capped a 6-under-par 65 with a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18 and took a one-stroke lead yesterday after three rounds of the $2.5 million Air Canada Championship in Surrey, B.C.
Phil Tataurangi, who also shot a 65, and Carlos Franco, with a 67, were tied for second at 12-under 201 after three trips around the suburban Vancouver Northview Golf and Country club course.
Canadian Mike Weir, whose 64 was the low round of the day, and Charles Raulerson, one of the second-round co-leaders who shot a 69, were another shot back.
Funk, coming off a second-round 64, shot up the leader board with a bogey-free round. He started the round with a birdie on No. 1 and then moved to 11 under with birdies on 4, 5 and 6.
"It's fun to follow a 64 with a 65. Hopefully, I can follow a 65 with a 62 or whatever I need tomorrow," said Funk, a former University of Maryland golf coach.
* EUROPEAN PGA: Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood of England took a one-stroke lead over Denmark's Thomas Bjorn into the final round of the European Masters after firing a third round 4-under 67 in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.
Westwood opened with an eagle on the first hole, then added four birdies to finish the third round at 8-under 205.
Bjorn, who shared the lead with Westwood and New Zealand's Mike Campbell after the second round, shot a 68 for 206.
Three shots back at 208 were England's Miles Tunnicliff (66) and Frenchman Marc Farry (68).
Defending champion Sven Struever remained in contention at 209 after shooting a 69. Campbell also was at 209 following a par 71.
* SENIOR PGA: Ed Dougherty birdied five of the first six holes in shooting 6-under-par 66 and took a one-stroke lead over Allen Doyle and Gil Morgan after two rounds of the TD Waterhouse Senior PGA Championship in Kansas City, Mo.
It was the second straight 66 for Dougherty, who had to wait out a four-hour lightning and rain delay with eight holes to go. Lightning also knocked out the scheduled telecast on ESPN.
"I wished the rain had never come because I was on a roll," said Dougherty, who missed a six-foot putt on the final hole for his only bogey of the day. "Rain changes your attack a little."
* LPGA: Rookie Karen Stupples and Tina Barrett, whose only win came in 1989, shot 8-under-par 64s and shared the first-round lead at the Rail Classic in Springfield, Ill.
Stupples, a 26-year-old native of England who played at Florida State, has won just $9,375 this year, and getting off to a quick start in this 54-hole event could help her meet a goal.
"At this late stage of the season, I'll probably only get into one more event. I need to play my way into the top 125 on the money list to make qualifying school less of an issue than it is right now," said Stupples, currently ranked 171st.