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Saturday, 22 June, 2002, 23:31 GMT 00:31 UK
Kaye out in front on his own
Jonathan Kaye
Kaye is looking for his first victory on the Tour
Jonathan Kaye shot a five-under-par 65 to take the third-round lead in the Greater Hartford Open.

Kaye, who was joint leader after the second round, takes a one-stroke lead over Scott Verplank into the final round

He said: "It's just another round of golf. I just need to keep doing what I've been doing."

Playing a new set of Cleveland irons this week, Kaye birdied three of the last six holes - using precise iron play to set up putts from four, six and two feet.

He said: "I've been struggling with the short irons this year, and for some reason with these irons I've been right on.

"It's just given me something that I feel comfortable with, something that looks good and feels good, and I'm able to manoeuvre the ball both ways.

"I just feel comfortable with them."

Chasing pack

Verplank, who matched the course record with a 61 in the final round last year, birdied six straight holes on the back nine for a 63.

Scott Hoch was three strokes back after a 66, and Davis Love III shot a 68 to reach 10 under.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a 66 and is five strokes back at 8 under along with Steve Pate Jim Carter and Hidemichi Tanaka.

Mickelson, the leader at 11 under after 15 holes, hit into the water at the 16th.

He said: "I didn't hit it hard enough. It was just a stock wedge and a just didn't hit it hard enough. That's a tougher shot downwind than upwind.

"I played really well on the front nine and still had a couple of missed opportunities. I certainly didn't finish the way I wanted. I'll have to shoot low tomorrow to get myself back in it."


Leading third-round scores

197 Jonathan Kaye 65 67 65
198 Scott Verplank 65 70 63
199 Scott Hoch 67 66 66
200 Davis Love III 68 64 68
202 Phil Mickelson 69 67 66, Steve Pate 66 70 66, Jim Carter 67 69 66, Hidemichi Tanaka (Japan) 64 70 68
203 Paul Gow (Australia) 73 66 64, Tim Herron 65 72 66
204 Skip Kendall 65 72 67, Peter Lonard (Australia) 66 68 70, Kaname Yokoo (Japan) 65 68 71, David Peoples 69 65 70
205 Pat Bates 70 71 64, Kenny Perry 70 71 64, Jeff Gove 73 64 68, Grant Waite (New Zealand) 69 68 68, Sergio Garcia (Spain) 69 67 69, Kirk Triplett 66 70 69, Brett Quigley 64 71 70, Briny Baird 65 67 73

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