Phil Mickelson put on a spectacular display of golf and led the United States' charge to the top of the leader board at the World Cup yesterday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Mickelson buried his recent slump with a round that included 10 birdies and an eagle as he and David Toms shot a 15-under-par 57. That left the Americans at 27 under, three shots back of third-round leader Japan.
Japan's Shigeki Maruyama and Toshi Izawa had the lead at 30 under.
The smiling Maruyama and stoic Izawa nearly matched the Americans, shooting a 58 in the best-ball format. They had 12 birdies and an eagle, the latter by Izawa on the par-4 13th, where he holed his second shot from 75 yards.
"That was the shot of the day," Maruyama said through an interpreter.
Fiji's team of Vijay Singh and Dinesh Chand was second at 29 under, and defending champion South Africa, with Rory Sabbatini and Tim Clark, was at 28 under.
Canada, England and Scotland were next, all at 26 under par.
With Toms a spectator much of the day, the Americans put on an early rally that started with Mickelson making an eight-footer for birdie on the first hole and ended with his 15-foot birdie on 18.
Mickelson birdied the last three holes, and as he approached the 18th green was greeted by chants in Spanish of "champion, champion."
Longhorns' Williams to Stay
Texas wide receiver Roy Williams will play another year for the Longhorns instead of leaving early for the NFL.
"It's been great playing here, and I've learned a lot, and I love it here," the junior said Friday night during the Longhorns' football banquet. "But I think I'm going to take my abilities . . . to the University of Texas and have a great year here."
Williams caught 60 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns for Texas (10-2) this season.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder from Odessa said earlier he would not announce a decision until after Texas's bowl game, against Louisiana State in the Cotton Bowl Jan. 1.
Manchester United Triumphs
Manchester United beat West Ham, 3-0, to pull even with Premier League leader Arsenal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored on a deflected header in the 15th minute, and Juan Sebastian Veron put in a free kick two minutes later. The final goal came off a second-half own-goal by Sebastian Schemmel.
Injured David Beckham didn't play for United.
The victory gave Manchester United 35 points, the same as Arsenal, which plays Tottenham today. Chelsea has 34 points, followed by Everton with 32 and Liverpool with 31. West Ham is last with 13 points.
Fresno State on Probation
Fresno State placed its basketball team and athletic department on probation for two years Friday for numerous NCAA rules violations, including payments from agents to players.
The decision came after a two-year probe by the university and NCAA that dogged the final years of coach Jerry Tarkanian's tenure.
One of the violations included gifts that one of Tarkanian's former players, Houston Rockets guard Tito Maddox, accepted from an agent. He was dismissed from school after accepting airline tickets from an agent and recently told the Fresno Bee he received $30,000 from an agent. . . .
Forward Harding Nana, a 6-8 redshirt freshman, plans to transfer from Virginia Tech after sitting out most of last season with knee injuries.
Warren Suffers Fatal Heart Attack
Frank Warren, who played defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints for 13 years, died yesterday in Birmingham. He was 43. Arrington Funeral Home in Birmingham confirmed Warren's death.
Kenny Trahan, director of the Saints Hall of Fame in Kenner, La., said Warren suffered a heart attack at his home.