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Campbell remains consistent at Hope

Chad Campbell kept chipping away at par yesterday, shooting a 4-under-par 68 for a four-stroke lead after three rounds in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at Palm Desert, Calif.

Campbell went to 19-under 197 through 54 holes of the 90-hole event. Scott Verplank had a 65 and John Senden a 68 to tie for second.

Phil Mickelson, who won the Hope in 2002 and 2004 and is making his first start of the year, had a 68 that left him six shots off the lead.

Pat Perez tied him for fourth at 13 under after a 70.

A model of consistency, Campbell finally had his first bogey of the tournament on his 17th hole of the day, No. 8 on the Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West.

Women's World Cup -- Annika Sorenstam and Liselotte Neumann shot a 7-under 65 in best-ball play to give the Swedes a share of the first-round lead with South Korea's Meena Lee and Bo Bae Song at Sun City, South Africa.

Taiwan's Amy Hung and Yu-Ping Lin were two strokes back, and Americans Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis were fourth after a 68.

The 20 two-player teams will play an alternate-shot round today, and the season-opening event will close tomorrow with stroke play.

European -- South Africa's Charl Schwartzel shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead in the Abu Dhabi Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

Schwartzel had a 9-under 135 total. Vijay Singh (68) and Chris DiMarco (67) topped a group at 6 under, and Sergio Garcia (69) was 5 under. John Daly (75) missed the cut.

Champions -- Tom Watson, Loren Roberts, and Don Pooley matched the course record with 9-under 63s in calm conditions to share the first-round lead in the season-opening MasterCard Championship at Kaupulehu, Hawaii.

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