Chad Campbell became the third golfer in two years to tie the Colonial course record, and shared the third-round lead after Brian Gay couldn't sustain his fast start yesterday in Fort Worth.

Campbell, who learned to play golf in windy conditions growing up in west Texas, shot an early 9-under-par 61 despite two bogeys and winds of 20-25 mph. He got to 8-under 202 after making the cut over par.

"Shooting 61 here with all the history . . . it doesn't get much better than that," Campbell said.

Gay looked as if he would make a record run of his own, with six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and was at 8 under through 12 holes.

But Gay had bogeys on three of his last five holes. He still finished with a season-best 65 and a share of the lead with Campbell and Steve Flesch (67).

"If you're hitting the shots, if you're getting the ball in play and you feel good over your shots, it's not that tough," Campbell said. "But if you lose a little bit of confidence, those fairways become a lot smaller and they're harder to hit."

Flesch, in one of the last groups, had his third straight under-par round. He got to the top of the leader board with a 20-foot birdie on the 188-yard 16th.

Zach Johnson (68) was two strokes back at 6-under 204, a stroke better than Jesper Parnevik (68) and Craig Perks (70), the first-round leader whose only win came at the 2002 PGA Championship.

Second-round co-leader Justin Leonard shot a 72 and was in a group of seven players tied for seventh at 206. J.L. Lewis shot 75 and fell to a tie for 29th.

* LPGA: Sherri Steinhauer hit one of those shots that could turn around a career.

The 18-year LPGA veteran capped a 5-under 66 with an eagle-3 and was tied with Becky Morgan for the lead after three rounds of the Sybase Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y.

The leaders were at 10-under 203, three shots in front of Young-A Yang and Grace Park.

Steinhauer hit a 3-wood from 245 yards to five feet and made the putt to pull into a tie with Morgan, the second-round leader who had a 1-over 71.

"It's been a long, long time," Steinhauer said of being in the lead late in a tournament. "My best finish the last two years was a tie for 17th last year and a 13th this year at the Office Depot Championship."

If all the shots are like that closing 3-wood, it shouldn't be a problem for Steinhauer to win for the first time since this tournament five years ago.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bobby Walzel was as surprised as anyone about where he stood after two rounds of the Allianz Championship in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Walzel, playing in a tournament for the first time since October, shot a 5-under 66 to pull within one shot of the lead. First-round leader D.A. Weibring stayed on top with a 68 that left him 9 under.

"I guess we're venturing into some uncharted waters here," said Walzel, who had prostate cancer surgery two years ago and also has undergone two recent knee operations.

Three Toms -- Jenkins, Watson and Kite -- were tied for third at 5 under.

* EUROPE: France's Gregory Havret shot a 4-under 68 in the wind and chill, taking a two-stroke lead after three rounds at the Deutsche Bank Open in St. Leon-Rot, Germany.

Havret, whose triple bogey in the second round cost him the lead, was at 12-under 204.

Chad Campbell acknowledges the gallery after tying the course record in third round of the Colonial. He is at 8 under, sharing lead with two others.