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GOLF ROUNDUP

Singh shares lead at Houston Open

Vijay Singh is No. 2 in the world golf rankings. Australian Gavin Coles is No. 388.

Going into today's final round of the Shell Houston Open, they're dead even.

Defending champion Singh fought off windy conditions and a slow start, shooting a 2-under-par 70 to join Coles at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas.

"It's awesome, mate," Coles said. "I can't imagine too many guys that wouldn't want to be in my shoes standing outside the ropes, that's for sure.

"What better could it be, playing with the No. 2 player in the world?"

Singh, a nine-time winner last year who was recently elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, had three birdies on the back nine to match Coles at 11-under 205 on Redstone Golf Club's Jacobsen/ Hardy Course. Coles, who started the day tied for the lead with Brett Quigley of Barrington, R.I., at 10 under, had a 71 as wind gusting over 20 miles per hour kept scores high.Greg Owen faltered with bogeys on his last two holes to finish with a 70, leaving him a stroke back at 10 under. Quigley (73) and Jose Maria Olazabal (70) were 9 under, and John Daly (73) topped a three-man group at 8 under.Daly went into the water at No. 7 for a double bogey, and had another double bogey at the 11th to send him well back into the field. But he rebounded with a birdie at No. 12, then consecutive birdies at 14 and 15 to get to 8 under.

LPGA -- Wendy Ward moved into contention for her second straight victory, shooting a 4-under 68 to earn a share of the third-round lead with Carin Koch in the Corona Morelia Championship in Morelia, Mexico. Ward, a 31-year-old Texan who won the Takefuji Classic last week in Las Vegas for her first victory in nearly four years, lost the outright lead with a bogey on the par-5 18th. Koch shot a 71 to match Ward at 8 under.

Natalie Gulbis was five strokes back after a 72, and Stacy Prammanasudh and Catriona Matthew were tied for fourth at 2 under after 70s.

Champions -- Wayne Levi, seeking his first victory of the season, shot a 4-under 68 in strong wind to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Purtzer in the Liberty Mutual Legends in Savannah, Ga. Purtzer, who led by a stroke after the first round, shot a 71. Levi is at a 9-under 135 total.

European -- Adam Scott took a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing today, finishing off the third round with a 3-under 69. Scott dropped two strokes with a closing double bogey, leaving him at 18 under entering the final 18 holes.

Two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen was tied for second with Michael Campbell and Henrik Stenson.

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