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Oakley keeps lead in British Seniors

Club pro poised for 1st major title

Peter Oakley, a club pro from Delaware, shot a 1-over-par 73 and took a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Senior British Open yesterday in Portrush, Northern Ireland, putting him in position to try for his first major title.

Oakley, who had to qualify for the championship, is at 2-under 214 at the windswept Royal Portrush course. He leads Don Pooley and Mark McNulty by one stroke with Tom Kite and Mark James two strokes behind. Oakley's 4-under round of 68 Friday gave him a share of the lead. And when Pooley bogeyed the 18th, Oakley led the field.

LPGA/Ladies European -- Wendy Doolan shot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Evian (France) Masters to beat top-ranked Annika Sorenstam by a stroke and collect the biggest check of her career. Doolan finished at 18-under 270 to earn the $375,000 winner's check for the third title of her nine-year career.

She surged to the lead with a five-hole stretch during which she had three birdies and two eagles.

PGA -- Brett Quigley wants to believe his father will be rooting for him to win his first PGA Tour event, even if it's under his breath. Paul Quigley is caddying for fellow Rhode Islander Brad Faxon this week at the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee, where his son is tied with Carlos Franco and Patrick Sheehan atop the leaderboard after 54 holes at 10-under 200.

"I hope his loyalty's with me," Brett Quigley said after carding the day's best round at 6-under 64.

European -- Peter Lonard overcame two rough holes midway through the Irish Open's third round in Drogheda, Ireland, to shoot an even-par 72 and lead by one stroke. Lonard was at 10-under 206. Another Australian, Brett Rumford, was at 207 after a 70, with James Kingston another shot back in third after a 72.

The leader triple-bogeyed the 175-yard, par-3 seventh, then three-putted the 421-yard, par-4 eighth for a bogey. But two earlier birdies and two later birdies rescued him.

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