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Rowell in running for top-10 finish, Brown in unusual position

July 19, 1997

MADISON, Miss. (AP) _ Brian Rowell made the cut in his PGA Tour debut in the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic and now is in position for a top-10 finish.

Rowell, a former Ole Miss golfer, had his third straight sub-70 round Saturday at Annandale Golf Club, a 69 for a three-day total of 206. That was worth a share of 12th place, four strokes behind leader Steve Jurgensen.

``It was a great round really. I started playing well,″ said the 24-year-old Rowell. ``I had a bad tee shot on No. 17 and that was disappointing, but I was glad to get a birdie on No. 18.″

Rowell got into the DGGC field only after winning an open qualifying spot Monday. That came two days after he missed the cut in his Nike Tour debut.

After three birdies his first five holes Saturday, the crowd following Rowell’s group began to grow.

``It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it,″ Rowell said. ``It is not any extra pressure. It gives me more adrenaline.″

A top-10 finish would earn Rowell his biggest professional payday and a spot in the field at Hartford next week.

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CHARGING BROWN: Billy Ray Brown, whose earnings rank has dropped the past five years due in part to wrist problems, is in the hunt for a championship after three rounds of the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.

``It has been quite some time,″ Brown said after a 3-under-par 69 Saturday that got him to 12-under in a group two strokes behind leader Steve Jurgensen. ``I got a little nervous today, but it was a good nervous.″

Brown, in his 15th tournament of the year, said two operations on his wrist after the 1992 season are no longer an excuse for poor performance.

``It is time to bury that. It has been a long way back,″ said Brown, who made just his eighth cut this week. ``It is time to get back to work. I want to compete at a high level.

``There are a lot of questions to answer about my career. I really want to perform well here. I have a sense of urgency, but a patient sense of urgency. At least I know I can put myself in position. That is something I needed.″

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CHAMBLEE’S CHANGE OF HEART: Brandel Chamblee didn’t plan to play in the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.

A session on the driving range prior to the second round of last week’s Quad City Classic changed his mind just hours before the qualifying deadline for the DGGC.

``I started puring it,″ slang for hitting the ball solidly. ``I went right into the locker room and committed to play here. I wasn’t going to play here. I was going to take a week off and practice.″

After committing to the DGGC, Chamblee went out and had three rounds in the 60s to tie for second in the Quad City.

Chamblee opened this week with a 66, and recovered from a second-round 73 with a 69 on Saturday. His 208 total was six off the lead.

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TREY SINDELAR: Joey Sindelar has played the par-3 holes at Annandale Golf Club at 6-under through three rounds. He has a 9-under total, five off the lead.

Sindelar has birdied the 176-yard 15th hole all three rounds, and the 209-yard eighth hole twice. His only bogey on a par-3 this week was at the 171-yard 12th on Saturday.

He has played the par-4s even this week, and is 3-under on the par-5s.