Defending champion Ernie Els beat Padraig Harrington, 5 and 4, yesterday to move into the final of the World Match Play Championship in Virginia Water, England, and stay on course for a record sixth title.

Els, who shares the record of five World Match Play titles with Gary Player and Seve Ballestros, will face Lee Westwood, who withstood a late comeback by Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the other semifinal, 1 up.

Westwood was 5 up with eight holes to play before Jimenez won three straight and the 16th to make it close.

The winner today will receive $1.8 million, billed as the biggest prize in golf.

Els, who turns 35 today, will be appearing in the final for a record seventh time. His only loss in the final came against Vijay Singh in 1997. However, Westwood has beaten Els in the only two matches the two have played, in the second round in 1998 and the semifinals in 2000.

"It's one thing making the final, another thing trying to win it," Els said. "I'm sure Lee will have a lot of confidence. It's a new game, a new match."

* PGA TOUR: Tom Lehman finds himself in the final pairing in the final round for the second straight week.

"I'm sick and tired of finishing second," said Lehman, winless in four years.

The 1996 British Open champion bounced back from an early bogey for a 3-under-par 69 to join Brent Geiberger (71) at the top of the leader board in the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro in North Carolina at 12 under. Four players -- including 2001 PGA champ David Toms -- were one shot back, with another 10 players within four strokes of the lead.

Last week in Las Vegas, Lehman led going into the final day before eventually tying for second, one shot back. The 45-year-old Minnesotan has five career victories but none since the 2000 Phoenix Open.

* LPGA TOUR: Grace Park held onto the lead in the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, Calif., with a roller-coaster round, while Annika Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr moved within three shots.

Park had a 1-under 71, salvaging a bogey 5 on the final hole after she drove into desert brush, had trouble finding her ball and took a penalty stroke for an unplayable lie. She was at 16-under 200 through three rounds in the elite 20-player tournament.

Sorenstam, whose 53 career LPGA Tour victories include three titles in the event, matched Kerr with a 69 on the Bighorn Golf Club course.

Michelle Wie, the teenage sensation from Hawaii, turned in a 67 for the best round of the day -- and seven strokes better than her first day. Wie, who turned 15 on Monday, put an exclamation point on her round by sinking a 40-foot putt for a birdie 3 on No. 18.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mark McNulty had and eagle an five birdies in a seven-hole stretch to take a big second-round lead at the SBC Championship in San Antonio.

McNulty, who won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in February in his Champions Tour debut, finished with an 8-under 63 for a 12-under 130 total and a four-stroke advantage going into today's final round.