Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tiger Won't Get 5-Peat; Appleby Leads by 4 Shots at Bay Hill; Woods Far Back after Shooting 74

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tiger Won't Get 5-Peat; Appleby Leads by 4 Shots at Bay Hill; Woods Far Back after Shooting 74

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Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union

ORLANDO -- For a few holes Saturday, Stuart Appleby and Chad Campbell traded birdies the way boxers exchange body blows.

It got more one-sided on the back nine of the Bay Hill Club.

"He kept going and I slacked off," Campbell said. "He's hitting it well and making a lot of putts."

And, leading through 54 holes of the Bay Hill Invitational.

Appleby's 66, his lowest score at Bay Hill since a second-round 63 in 1997, gave him a four-shot lead over Campbell (70) at 16-under-par 200. A five-time PGA Tour winner from Australia, Appleby will be trying to win his second tournament of the 2004 season in today's final round, and once again will play with Campbell, the 2003 Tour Championship winner.

Adam Scott (68), another Australian is third at 10-under and 36-hole leader Shigeki Maruyama (75) did not make a birdie to fall into fourth at 9-under. John Daly (70), Darren Clarke (74), Steve Lowery (71) and Rod Pampling (69), the third Australian among the top-10, are tied at 8-under.

Tiger Woods' chances of becoming the first PGA Tour player to win the same event five times in a row are all but finished. He shot 74 for a second day in a row after an opening-round 67, and is tied for 46th at 1-under 215, 15 shots behind Appleby.

"Hey, I tried my best . . . it's not going to happen," Woods said. "Hopefully I can get it going and play well next week [at The Players Championship]."

Woods last had two over-par rounds in a row in the 2003 Masters.

Appleby and Campbell began the day two shots behind Maruyama and in the next-to-last group. Appleby recovered from a three-putt bogey on the first hole with a 22-foot birdie putt off the fringe on the next, and he and Campbell proceeded to birdie the same hole three times on the front nine, at Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

However, Appleby drained a 40-foot birdie putt off the fringe at the par-4 eighth hole, his fourth birdie in a row, and he remained ahead the rest of the round. Campbell bogeyed three of his last five holes.

"Stuart would make one and I'd make one," Campbell said. "He played great and it helped me, for awhile. But I'm not worried about my game. …

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