Tim Herron has golf all figured out, at least for the time being.

"You've just got to stay positive and notice some of the people around you that are positive golfers," Herron said yesterday after his 7-under-par 65 gave him a four-stroke lead in the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, Calif.

"That's kind of like, 'One more round and I'm playing well.' And when you're playing well, it's actually a fun sport," Herron added with a chuckle.

Herron, who shot a 61 the third day, went to 29 under through four rounds of the five-day tournament. His 259 total tied the 72-hole Hope record set two years ago by Joe Durant, who went on to win at 324, a 36-under total that stands as a PGA Tour low for a 90-hole event.

Jay Haas, the 1988 Hope champion, and Canada's Mike Weir were tied for second at 263. The 49-year-old Haas, who had his own 61 during the second round, shot a 68. Weir had a 67.

David Gossett and Chris DiMarco both had 66s and were five shots off the lead. Stephen Ames, tied with Herron for the third-round lead, had a 71 that dropped him six shots back.

Haas, who has won nine times on the tour but not since 1993, said he likes his position heading into the final round.

"I'm just pleased even to have an outside chance," said Haas, who was in front heading into the final day a year ago but shot a 74 to tie for 16th. "Hopefully, I can learn from last year and not step on my chin or whatever."

Players with scores higher than 13-under 275 were cut from today's final round. Among those missing the cut was 1999 champion David Duval, who was at 278. He had a fourth-round 67, but couldn't overcome a 78 on the second day.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Fuzzy Zoeller matched the course record with a 9-under 63 to take a share of the second-round lead in the MasterCard Championship in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

Zoeller had an eagle and four straight birdies on the back nine to tie Larry Nelson and Dana Quigley at 13-under 131.

* AUSTRALIA: Nick Faldo moved into position for his first victory since 1997, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Heineken Classic. The 45-year-old Englishman, a six-time major champion, had an 11-under 205 total on the Royal Melbourne course. Australia's Peter Lonard (67), Sweden's Niclas Fasth (68) and England's Paul Casey (74) were tied for second.

Tim Herron has four-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Bob Hope Classic. Herron followed Friday's round of 61 with a 7-under 65 yesterday.