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 Sunday, 26 January, 2003, 03:58 GMT
Frazar maintains Phoenix lead
AP: Harrison Frazar tees off from the fifth tee at the Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale, Arizona
Harrison Frazar has led since the first round
Saturday's round-up

Phoenix Open

Harrison Frazar moved closer to his first PGA Tour victory as he shot a 67 to lead by one stoke after the third round of the Phoenix Open.

Frazar, who has been leading since the first round, is one shot clear of John Huston, who fired a 66, and joint-overnight leader Tim Petrovic, who went round in 68.

Kirk Triplett shot an impressive eight-under 63 to join Fiji's Vijay Singh (65) and South Africa's Retief Goosen (65) on 15-under 198 for a share of fourth place.

R3 Leaderboard
-17 H Frazar (US)
-16 J Huston (US), T Petrovic (US)
-15 R Goosen (RSA, V Singh (Fij), K Triplett (US)
-14 S Stricker (US), D Toms, (US), R Gamez (US), S McCarron (US)

Defending champion Chris DiMarco moved into contention with a nine-under 62, which included a bogey on his first hole, to lie four off the pace.

England's Luke Donald is a stroke further back after carding a 70.

Frazar was generally pleased with is round but was concerned that the standard of his driving had slipped a bit from the earlier rounds.

"I think I am playing okay," Frazar said. "I've been driving well this week.

"On the back nine I think I got excited a couple of times and tried to hit the ball too hard.

"I'm going to the range and hit a few drives. I'm going to put myself in the same situations and see how I react."


Singapore Masters

Ernie Els gave the chasing pack a glimmer of hope with a poor finish to his third round in the Singapore Masters.

The Open champion appeared to be cruising to a fourth consecutive victory when he opened up a five-shot lead after 11 holes at the Laguna National course.

But the South African dropped shots at the last two holes to card a 70 for a 10-under total of 206, two strokes ahead of China's Lian-Wei Zhang.

R3 Leaderboard
-10 E Els (RSA)
-8 L-W Zhang (Chi)
-7 P Marksaeng (Tha), Simon Yates
-5 S Khan, M Lafeber (Ned), M Pilkington, P Nyman (Swe), C-B Lam (Sin)

Thailand-based Scotsman Simon Yates birdied three of the last four holes to finish a shot further back alongside Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng.

Els started the day one shot ahead but quickly stretched his advantage with birdies at the third, fifth and seventh.

When he birdied the 11th the world number two was five shots clear.

"I saw I was five ahead and I was trying to stretch it," the 33-year-old admitted.

"I was trying to stay aggressive and I did that most of the way. I was quite surprised nobody else made anything happen but I didn't capitalise on the back nine.

"It's just a pity about the bogey on the 18th. After the tee shot on the 17th I would have taken a bogey but the 18th was disappointing."

Els pulled his approach to the par-three 17th some 30 yards off target and did well to just drop one shot.

But he took one club too many on the 18th and went through the green, eventually missing from four feet for par.

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