Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Faxon Leads Tight Field At International

Former champion Brad Faxon eagled the 17th hole Saturday and claimed the third-round lead on a congested leaderboard in the $1.6 million Sprint International in Castle Rock, Colo.

Faxon, who hasn't won on the PGA Tour since capturing this event in 19 92, had a 12-point round for a 54-hole total of 24 points under the modified Stableford scoring system used in the tournament. Michael Bradley was second with 23 points and Robin Freeman had 22.

Golfers are awarded eight points for a double eagle, five for an eagle and two for a birdie. Pars are worth zero, while a bogey costs one point and double-bogey or worse costs three.

Second-round leader Steve Lowery, who began the day with 19 points, bogeyed his first two holes, then had five more bogeys on the back nine and finished at 15. That forced him into a playoff with Wayne Westner, John Inman and Jesper Parnevik, who were vying for the last of 24 spots in the final round. Parnevik, however, couldn't be located, leaving three golfers to compete for one spot. Lowery won the playoff on the first hole.

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Klein Adds To Big Lead

Emilee Klein demonstrated her ability to react favorably to a big lead, even adding a stroke with a 2-under-par 71 in the third round of the Women's British Open in Woburn, England.

The 22-year-old American, who won her first pro title last week with a comeback victory in the Ping Welch's Championship at Canton, Mass., was 6 shots ahead with a 14-under 205 total.

"I've never had this big a lead before, but I was very comfortable out there," said Klein, who turned professional after winning the 1994 NCAA title as a sophomore at Arizona State.

Sweden's Maria Hjorth, playing in her fifth pro event, was second after a 70 on Woburn's tree-lined Duke's Course. Sweden's Annika Sorenstam, the two-time defending U.S. Open champion, was 7 back along with Americans Amy Alcott and Tracy Kerdyk.

Ray Floyd followed a first-round 66 with a 67, breaking out of a three-way tie and taking a 1-stroke lead in the Long Island Seniors Classic in Jericho, N.Y. Jim Colbert and Jay Sigel also shot 67s and stayed a stroke back.

Kerry Postillion of Burr Ridge, Ill. …

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