Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hot Streak Duval Shares Lead; Goes for Third in a Row

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hot Streak Duval Shares Lead; Goes for Third in a Row

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HOUSTON -- David Duval sees it as a chance to win one golf

tournament, not his third in a row.

It's an attitude that sustained him when he was struggling to

win on the PGA Tour. And it's one that he will keep uppermost in

his mind today as he battles the wind, the lengthy Champions

Golf Club and a compressed field in an effort to win the $4

million Tour Championship.

Duval used all his skills and every ounce of patience yesterday

to shoot a 70 under windy conditions, giving him a three-round

total of 8-under-par 205 and a share of the lead in the PGA

Tour's richest event.

The third round was marked by controversy, when ABC technicians

staged a one-day wildcat strike that knocked the broadcast of

the third round off the air. Union leaders, who called the

strike in protest of the suspension of a member six months ago,

have promised ABC they will be at work today to air the final

round.

Viewers who tuned in to see birdies would have been

disappointed anyway, as steady Texas breezes hounded the players

all day. But after starting the day two shots behind Scott Hoch,

Duval dealt with the conditions well enough to end it deadlocked

with Davis Love III of St. Simons Island, Ga., (69), 1996 Tour

Championship runner-up Brad Faxon (69) and the indomitable Bill

Glasson (68), who has undergone 11 surgical procedures in the

past 10 years and played this year on a medical exemption.

Mark Calcavecchia (72), Hoch (74) and Jim Furyk of Ponte Vedra

Beach (73) are tied at 6under 207, and Jesper Parnevik (69) is

at 5 under. Fourteen of the 30 players in the field are within

five shots of the lead.

Duval is paired with Faxon today in the next-to-last twosome

(behind Love and Glasson) with the chance to become the first

player to win three PGA Tour events in succession since Nick

Price won the Hartford Open, the Western Open and the St. Jude

Classic in consecutive starts in 1993. …

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