Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lehman's Record 64 Fuels 6-Shot Lead

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lehman's Record 64 Fuels 6-Shot Lead

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Tom Lehman only needed to look back as far as the Masters to know that his 6-stroke lead over Nick Faldo after three rounds at the British Open was anything but safe.

Lehman's course-record 64 Saturday and his 54-hole British Open record 198 was a masterful domination of Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. Now he will find out if he can dominate Faldo.

"To play head-to-head with Nick Faldo will be something to tell my grandchildren about," Lehman said. "He is one of the best, if not the best player in the world."

No one in the world is a more relentless match-play player than Faldo. No one can put more pressure on an opponent. Faldo proved that in April at Augusta when he went head-to-head with Greg Norman on Sunday trailing by 6 strokes and won by 5.

"Obviously it's a similar scenario. In that sense it is quite similar. But it's a different period of time, a different golf course," Faldo said, sounding like he wanted to add that it also was a different opponent.

"But the objective is still the same," he said. "To shoot a great score and see what happens. I've got to aim for 63 tomorrow."

There was an eerie sense of familiarity to Lehman's position.

Here he was once again leading a major championship going to the final round, the fourth time in three years he has been in the last group on Sunday in a major, most recently at the U.S. Open last month when he finished second to Steve Jones.

Yet Lehman never has won a major.

And here was Faldo once again making a birdie on the 17th hole - just like he did at Augusta - to force a final-round pairing with the man he has to catch, as he tries for his seventh major and fourth British Open.

"Being in the last group again may help," Faldo said after his 68 put him at 9-under-par 204. "If anything is going to happen, it is the best place to be."

Mark Brooks and Vijay Singh were 7 strokes back at 205, with Ernie Els and Fred Couples at 206. …

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