Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Bummed-Out' Clearwater Leads International

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Bummed-Out' Clearwater Leads International

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Keith Clearwater was a disappointed leader Saturday after the third round of the International in Castle Rock, Colo.

Clearwater held a one-point lead over U.S. Open champion Ernie Els after the round, but all he could think about was how many points he let get away.

"I'm really bummed out," Clearwater said. "I let myself down quite a bit coming in. I had short putts on 15, 17 and 18, and I didn't make any of them. I left seven points out there in the last four holes, and you can't do that under this format."

Clearwater lipped out an 8-foot birdie putt at No. 15, then lipped out an 8-footer for eagle at the par-5 17th. He settled for a birdie - worth two points - but failed to get the five-point eagle. At the 18th, he missed a 10-foot birdie putt.

"I'm pleased to be playing better, but that was a pretty disappointing finish," Clearwater said.

Clearwater's 11-point round gave him a total of 30 points. Els had the day's best round - a plus 17 that included 10 birdies.

Tom Kite and second-round leader Steve Lowery were tied for third at 26, Mike Reid and Dave Stockton Jr. stood at 25, Rick Fehr had 24 and Bruce Lietzke 23. Lee Janzen, Jay Haas and Tom Lehman were at 22.

Under the scoring system used here, a golfer gets eight points for a double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus one for bogey and minus three for double bogey or worse. Points are cumulative over all four rounds.

The 144-player field, which was reduced to 72 for the third round, was cut again to 24 for the final round. Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal was one of five players surviving a six-way playoff for the final spots.

Clearwater hasn't won on the PGA Tour since his rookie year (1987).

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