J.L. Lewis has the lead all to himself at the John Deere Classic.
Lewis shot a 2-under-par 69 yesterday in Silvis, Ill., extending his lead to three strokes at 15-under 198 after three rounds. Hank Kuehne (67), Richard S. Johnson (68) and Craig Bowden (68) are at 12-under 201.
"I don't know if I've ever won from the front on a tour event," said Lewis, who won in a playoff here in 1999 and came from seven shots back to win the 84 Lumber Classic in 2003.
"I don't really consider it a lead because if you go out there and you don't play well, they're going to blow right by you," he said.
Lewis led after the second round, too, but few outside his immediate family probably noticed amid the Michelle Wie mania. Wie, 15, was on the brink of becoming the first woman in 60 years to make a cut on the PGA Tour. However, she fell apart in the last four holes and missed by two strokes on Friday.
"I thought it was phenomenal," Lewis said. "She's only 15 years old. Where were you guys when you were 15 years old? I was about 5-foot-6 and weighed about 120 pounds. I'm looking at her going, 'Geez, she's great.' I was hoping she'd make the cut."
* LPGA TOUR: After parring 11 holes in a row, Hee Won Han rolled in birdie putts on two of the last three holes to cap a 5-under 66 for a two-stroke lead through three rounds of the Jamie Farr Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Han, who started the day a shot behind Beth Daniel, was at 11-under 202.
To pick up her fourth career win, Han will have to hold off fellow South Korean Jeong Jang, who shot a 67 to reach 9 under. Defending champion Meg Mallon and Marilyn Lovander -- winless in 180 career LPGA Tour starts -- were 8 under after 68s.
Han birdied three of the first four holes, hitting an 8 iron to six feet on No. 1, a 7 iron to 10 feet on No. 2 and an 8 iron to four feet on No. 4. She saved par from off the green twice on the front side and then had routine two-putt pars the rest of the way until she got to the par-4 16th.
Lovander, 50, was born in Minnesota and lives in Florida but plays her best golf in the Buckeye state. Her two best finishes on tour have come in the last year, both in Ohio.
* SENIORS: In Dearborn, Mich., Hale Irwin moved closer to his 11th career major victory, shooting a third straight 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Senior Players Championship.
Still dominant more than a month after turning 60, Irwin moved to 12-under 204.
While the leader board is crowded, it might not be easy to keep up with Irwin in today's final round.
Irwin, the winner of seven senior majors, has won 28 of 37 events on the 50-and-over tour when he led or shared the lead entering the final round.
* EUROPE: Maarten Lafeber slowed down after a hot start and had to settle for a 3-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Tim Clark in a wide-open Scottish Open in Luss, Scotland.
More glorious weather at Loch Lomond allowed for another day of low scores; seven players had a share of the lead at some point in the third round. Only two players remained there at the end, although the final round figures to be a wild scramble for the trophy.
Clark also started strong and added three birdies on the tougher back nine for a 6-under 65, putting him atop the leader board with Lafeber at 15-under 198.
Alastair Forsythe, trying to join Colin Montgomerie as the only Scots to win their national open since it began in 1986, is one shot behind with Angel Cabrera (68).