Sergio Garcia took the lead from Tiger Woods and then took off at the Byron Nelson Championship yesterday, using awesome control from tee to green for a 5-under-par 65 and a two-shot lead. Garcia, winless on the PGA Tour in two years while retooling his swing, had a birdie putt on every hole on the TPC at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, and has hit the last 23 greens in regulation. He was particularly strong on the par 3s, making birdie on three of them to finish at 11-under 199.
Jerry Kelly had a bogey-free 67 and was at 201.
For the second week in a row, Woods let a 36-hole lead slip away quickly. He lost the lead with a three-putt bogey on the second hole, and had to play hard -- usually from the rough -- to stay in range. Woods went the final seven holes without a birdie and shot even-par 70, leaving him three shots behind.
Joining him at 8-under 202 was Deanne Pappas of South Africa, who had a 66.
Vijay Singh, among eight players who had a share of the lead at one point, played the final 10 holes in 2 over and settled for a 68, leaving him in a large group at 203 that included Mark O'Meara (70) and Luke Donald of England. Donald was in the middle of the pack until a sparkling finish gave him a 64, the low round of the day.
LPGA -- Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead through three rounds of the inaugural
European/Asian -- At Shanghai, England's Simon Dyson matched his course record with a 6-under 66 to extend his Asian Open lead to six shots, and Greg Norman was disqualified for the second time this year after playing from an improper drop zone.