Sergio Garcia took the lead from Tiger Woods and then took off yesterday at the Byron Nelson Championship, using awesome control from tee to green for a 5-under-par 65 and a two-shot lead.
Garcia, winless on the PGA Tour in two years while retooling his swing, had a birdie putt on every hole on the TPC at Las Colinas in Irving, Tex., and has hit the last 23 greens in regulation. He was particularly strong on the par 3s, making birdie on three of them to finish at 11-under 199.
"I gave myself a lot of birdie chances," Garcia said. "Unfortunately, the putter wasn't quite as hot as I'd like it to be. But the game is there."
Jerry Kelly had a bogey-free 67 and was at 201.
For the second week in a row, Woods let a 36-hole lead slip away quickly. He lost the lead with a three-putt bogey on the second hole, and had to play hard -- usually from the rough -- to stay in range. Woods went the final seven holes without a birdie and shot even-par 70, leaving him three shots behind.
Joining him at 8-under 202 was Deane Pappas of South Africa, who had a 66.
Vijay Singh, among eight players who had a share of the lead at one point, played the final 10 holes in 2 over and settled for a 68, leaving him in a large group at 203 that included Mark O'Meara (70) and Luke Donald of England. Donald was in the middle of the pack until an eagle-birdie-par finish gave him a 64, the low round of the day.
Garcia was never in trouble yesterday in ideal conditions for scoring, and those chasing him are lucky the deficit wasn't greater.
Woods had a 75 last week at Quail Hollow to go from a two-shot lead to five shots behind. This time, he managed to limit the damage with incredible shots from the rough.
"The whole thing is getting it going tomorrow," Woods said. "I need to be in the fairway more, and give myself some better looks at putts."
* LPGA: Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead through three rounds of the inaugural Franklin American Mortgage Championship in Franklin, Tenn.
Ochoa shared a one-stroke lead with Pat Hurst heading into yesterday, and took a big step toward her first victory with a seven-birdie, two-bogey round.
The 2003 rookie of the year who has 13 top-10 finishes in her short career, is at 12-under 204.
One week after sharing the third-round lead and finishing second, Ochoa started slowly with bogeys at Nos. 3 and 6. She rebounded with birdies on six of the next nine holes to move into the lead.
* ASIA: England's Simon Dyson matched his course record with a 6-under 66 in Shanghai to extend his Asian Open lead to six shots, and Greg Norman was disqualified for the second time this year.
Norman sent his tee shot into the water on the 17th hole in the third round. The Australian then hit a ball from beside the water when he should have either returned to the tee or gone to the drop zone 60-70 yards behind him as required by the rules.
"This one here, I was just oblivious," Norman said. "I can't blame anybody except myself."
In March, Norman disqualified himself at the Honda Classic in Florida after incorrectly playing a tee shot on the 13th hole.