Hal Sutton Leads Texas Open Golf
Sep. 26, 1998
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Hal Sutton birdied the final hole with a 10-foot putt to cap a 5-under-par 67 Saturday and take one-stroke lead over three golfers after the third round of the Texas Open.
Justin Leonard, a co-leader with John Maginnes entering the third round, was tied at 13-under 203 with Scott Gump and former Texas Open champion Jay Haas.
Leonard recovered from a bogey on No. 12 to shoot a 69, while Haas shot a season-low 64 and Gump had a 65.
Brad Fabel, who had a 70, and Mike Small, 68, were two strokes behind Sutton.
Sutton, who began the day nine under, birdied Nos. 5, 7 and 9. His next birdie came on the par-5 14th, where he two-putted from about 20 feet.
He bogeyed the 15th when he misread the green as his putt from about 15 feet rolled 10 feet past the hole. But Sutton regained his momentum on the par-4 16th by making a 25-footer and sealed his lead on the par-4 18th with the 10-footer.
Maginnes shot a 73 and was four strokes off the lead.
The players again battled hot, muggy conditions with afternoon temperatures reaching the mid-90s.
DIVOTS: Leonard, of Dallas, isn't the only Texas resident faring well in the tournament. David Frost and Tommy Armour, both of Dallas, Bob Estes, of Austin, and David Ogrin, of Garden Ridge, a suburb of San Antonio, all are within six strokes of the lead. Blaine McCallister, a native of Fort Stockton, was eight under after the round. ... Loren Roberts had no bogeys in the tournament entering the third round, but he had two on the front nine and a double-bogey on No. 17 to end up at 10 under on Saturday. ... Frank Licklater says he experienced some letdown after tying for fourth at the PGA Championship in August, missing the cut in three tournaments. But Licklater had a 10-under-par 206 total after the third round of the Texas Open. ``Hopefully within striking distance,'' he said.