After going more than two years without a victory, Davis Love III is in position for his second in less than two months.

Love would like to start a big run, but is confident regardless of what happens today, when he tees off with a one-stroke lead in the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

"I'm hitting it good and I'm feeling good," said Love, who won at Pebble Beach last month. "Winning is very important, but feeling good and being in there is what I want to do all year long.

"It's nice to be excited and playing aggressively and feeling good."

Love, widely considered the top player in the field, moved atop the leader board for the first time in the third round.

The only player in the tournament among the top 10 in the world was 7 under par through the final 11 holes and wound up with a second straight 65. He is 20 under at 196.

Justin Leonard birdied the final six holes to shoot an 8-under 64 and will join Love and short-game specialist Chris Riley in the final group.

It could be a shootout, because 13 players are within four strokes of the lead.

"There really isn't much of a lead here," Love said.

Leonard is one shot back, Riley two. Billy Mayfair, Woody Austin, Carlos Franco, Jerry Kelly, Tom Byrum and Notah Begay III are 17 under.

"Davis Love and Justin Leonard, they're Hall of Famers in my book, so I think they will be the guys to beat," Riley said. "They have been there a lot. I haven't been there as much as them.

"I'll be an underdog, but that's why people come out to watch -- to see if someone like me can beat those guys."

Love, ranked seventh in the world, has been the most consistent player through three rounds at the Honda -- shooting 66-65-65 -- and has been one of the steadiest on tour this season.

He hasn't missed a cut, winning at Pebble Beach, advancing to the second round of the Match Play Championship and posting two 12th-place finishes, including last week at Doral.

Before his victory at Pebble Beach, Love had been without a win in 44 official events over two years while playing a slightly reduced schedule because of neck and back problems. Before that, he had gone 62 events and 34 months between victories.

"It's been just a goal to get back healthy and playing good, and I'm well on my way, so I'm real pleased with it," Love said. "You just keep doing the little things that I'm doing to get better physically and with my golf game."

* LPGA: Canada's Lorie Kane, blown away with the rest of the field by Meg Mallon's 60 on Friday, shot a 5-under 65 yesterday at the Welch's-Fry's Championship in Tucson to regain the lead in the year's first LPGA Tour event.

Kane also led the first round after shooting a career-low 61, but trailed Mallon by three shots going into the third. A crucial swing occurred when Mallon, who had reached 19 under by playing 41 consecutive holes without a bogey, had back-to-back bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes.

Kane, playing half a fairway ahead, took the lead when she holed a four-foot birdie putt on No. 15 and parred out for a 54-hole total of 18-under 192.

Christina Kim shot a 62 on her 19th birthday and claimed sole possession of second at 193.

Mallon and playing partner Wendy Doolan will begin the final round two shots off the pace. Doolan carded a 67 to Mallon's 70.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Rain forced tour officials to call off play in the SBC Classic, reducing the event from 54 to 36 holes in Valencia, Calif. Gil Morgan took the lead Friday with a 7-under 65.

Carlos Franco hopes things will look up today at Honda Classic; he is three shots behind Davis Love III.Lorie Kane holds the lead at season-opening LPGA Tour event in Tucson, the Welch's/Fry's Championship, by a shot.