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Woods stalls as Singh takes wheel at Buick

Vijay Singh quickly turned a showdown between the world's top two golfers into a rout.

Singh started the third round of the Buick Open at Grand Blanc, Mich., one stroke ahead of Tiger Woods, then birdied the first three holes while Woods bogeyed Nos. 2-4. Singh matched the tournament record of 7 under par on the front nine and closed with a 63 yesterday for a tournament 54-hole record of 22-under 194.

As great as Singh's round was, it could've been better if his putting was more consistent. He missed short putts for birdie at Nos. 7 and 14 and another for par at the 16th. It still was good enough to beat Robert Wrenn's 54-hole mark of 21 under in 1987.

No. 1 ranked Woods fell seven strokes behind after four holes before finishing 2 under for the round and 14 under for the tournament, eight shots behind No. 2 Singh.

Zach Johnson (65) is at 17 under, alone in second place, and Chris DiMarco (66) will begin today's final round six shots back.

LPGA -- Jeong Jang shot a 3-under 69 to stretch her lead to five strokes at the Women's British Open in Southport, England, while Annika Sorenstam grabbed a share of second with a third-round 66.

The South Korean, seeking her first victory in her sixth season on the tour, is 13-under 203 at the Royal Birkdale links, the best score through 54 holes since the tournament became a major five years ago. Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr (69) were both at 8-under 208.

Among the five players at 7-under 209 is Michelle Wie, who posted her second 67 in a row after opening with a 75.

Level with Wie are Paula Creamer (65), Liselotte Neumann (68), 2000 British Open champion Sophie Gustafson (67) of Sweden, and Korean Young Kim (67).Champions -- Craig Stadler made a spectacular bunker shot on the final hole and went on to make a birdie, moving into a tie for the lead with Lorne Roberts after three rounds of the US Senior Open at Kettering, Ohio.

Stadler had pulled his drive into the bunker left of the fairway on the dogleg par 4, but was able to muscle a 7-iron out of the sand from 153 yards that ended up 4 feet from the pin. He made the birdie putt to cap a 2-under 69.

Roberts also shot a 69 to share the top spot at 11-under 202, highlighting his round by spinning in a wedge at the 10th hole for an eagle.

The co-leaders were three shots clear of the field, with Raymond Floyd (69) at 205 along with D.A. Weibring (68). The 62-year-old Floyd turned back the clock with a round that included four birdies and two bogeys. Weibring had a 68.

Tom Watson (73--206), who held the lead teeing off on six, had a double-bogey 7 on the hole, dropping him two shots back of playing partner Roberts.

European -- Bradley Dredge shot a 5-under 66 to maintain a share of the lead with Barry Lane after the third round at the Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm.

Lane shot a 65 to drop to 18-under 195 entering the final round at the soggy Kungsangen Kings Course.

Nationwide -- Fran Quinn of Northborough fired a third-round 64 for a 201 total, pulling him within a shot of the leaders, Chris Couch (66) and Charley Hoffman (67), in the Wichita (Kan.) Open at par-71 Crestview Country Club.

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