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Lehman has one-shot advantage over Couples

By The Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tom Lehman took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and moved closer to becoming the first player to win the season points title two straight years.

Lehman birdied the final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-stroke lead over Seattle native Fred Couples on Saturday in the Champions Tour's season-ending event. Couples also shot a 62 to join Lehman in the final group.

"I really like the pairing," Lehman said.

Lehman was 17 under after three days in perfect conditions on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course.

Couples is playing for the first time since a back injury forced him to withdraw during the first round of the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in late August.

"If I can play like this every two months, I think I might finish my career playing four times a year and just say, 'The heck with it,' " Couples said, joking.

Pullman High School graduate Kirk Triplett shot a 74 and was tied for 21st, 16 shots behind Lehman.

Westwood fires 61,

in share of lead

SHENZHEN, China — Lee Westwood shot an 11-under 61 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Louis Oosthuizen in the HSBC Champions.

Westwood and Oosthuizen were at 18-under 198. Phil Mickelson was three strokes back after a 66.


• South Korea's Lee Bo-mee shot an 8-under 64 to take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan.

Jimin Kang, a King's High School of Shoreline standout, was tied for 48th after a 72.

Guan Tianlang of China is one round away from becoming the first 14-year-old to play in the Masters.

Guan shot a par 72 to take a two-shot lead over Oliver Goss entering the final day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

The winner gets an invitation to the Masters. Guan had a 14-under 202 total. UW sophomore Cheng-Tsung shot a 67 and was fifth, seven shots back.


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