On a wild day for everyone around him, Tom Pernice Jr. kept it steady and simple yesterday for a 1-under-par 69 in the AT&T National that gave him a one-shot lead and a chance to win for the first time in seven years.
Pernice seized the lead, but not control, with an approach that stopped just inside 3 feet at the 17th for only his second birdie on a steamy, still afternoon at Congressional CC in Bethesda, Md., that yielded plenty of low scores. He was at 10-under 200 and was one shot ahead of Steve Stricker (66).
Pernice only missed three greens, but he didn't take advantage of plenty of good birdie opportunities. The longest putt he made all day was from 7 feet at No. 8, one of his two birdies.
But instead of getting frustrated, Pernice looked at the big picture. "I gave myself chances. And going forward, that's what you need to do."
Jeff Overton, tied with Pernice to start the third round, had two double bogeys in a row before rallying with two birdies to salvage a 71, leaving him at 8 under with Tommy Armour (66) and Nick O'Hern (67).
LPGA - Angela Park drained an uphill birdie putt from 25 feet on her final hole to cap a 10-under 62 at the rain-delayed NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers. Kristy McPherson answered with a 20-foot birdie of her own for a 69, and at 11 under, both were within a stroke of clubhouse leader Meena Lee (65), and Eun-Hee Ji, who had two holes remaining in her second round.
About half the field was still on the course when play was suspended because of darkness.
Champions - Eduardo Romero shot his second straight 7-under 65 (14-under 130) to take a one-shot lead over Fulton Allem (65) and crowd favorite Joey Sindelar (65) heading into the final round of the
European - Ross Fisher birdied the last hole for a 3-under 69 (16-under 200) to take a three-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell (71) after the third round of the European Open in Ash, England.
Skins - Annika Sorenstam won 11 skins and $165,000 to beat Lorena Ochoa in an exhibition event in Ixtapa, Mexico, the Swedish star's third straight victory over the top-ranked Mexican in the competition. Ochoa earned $105,000.