Popping aspirin every three holes to relieve the pain in his back, David Toms overcame a bogey on the first hole for another 6-under 66 yesterday that gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final round of the Buick Challenge in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Toms answered his bogey with a 5-wood to 18 feet for an eagle on the second hole, and the rest of the day was a breeze. He never came close to another bogey and finished at 16-under 200, in good position for his second PGA Tour victory this year.
"There were more Advils than birdies," he said of his round.
Stuart Appleby closed with eight straight pars for a 69 and was at 203. Harrison Frazar, who was tied with Appleby and Toms at the start of the day, was another stroke back after a 70.
* LPGA: Annika Sorenstam shot a 3-under 69 and withstood a surge by Mardi Lunn to hold a two-shot lead after the third round of the inaugural New Albany Golf Classic in Ohio.
Sorenstam, who entered the day two shots ahead of Liselotte Neumann and four ahead of Lunn, lost the lead at No. 11, fell behind by two strokes at 14 and needed birdies on two of the last four holes to regain her advantage.
Sorenstam stood at 13-under 203 heading into today's final round of the $1 million tournament. A victory would be her second this year.
Neumann, without a top 10 finish since finishing second to Juli Inkster in the LPGA Championship in July, was third at 207.
* SENIORS: A second straight 5-under 65 by Tom Jenkins was enough to hold off little-known Fred Gibson, who tied the course record, for a one-shot lead at the $1.5 million Vantage Championship in Clemmons, N.C. Jenkins is at 10-under 130 heading into today's final round. He had six birdies and one bogey. Gibson, whose spectacular 8-under 62 tied the Tanglewood Park course mark, and Bob Duval, who shot a 66, were tied for second.
* EUROPE: In Cologne, Germany, former Ryder Cup player Peter Baker fired a 3-under 69 over a rain-swept, wind-blown course and took a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the $1.9 million German Masters. Baker eagled his first hole, from 80 yards, and finished the round at 9-under 207.