Tom Lehman gave himself a third straight chance at ending nearly five years of frustration, making two eagles yesterday to overcome a few glitches with the putter for a 5-under-par 67 that left him tied for the lead with Briny Baird in the Funai Classic at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Lehman was at 17-under 199, the third straight week he has had at least a share of the 54-hole lead, another opportunity to win for the first time since the 2000 Phoenix Open.
Baird, winless in 153 starts, missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 68. Scott Verplank (65) was one shot behind. Vijay Singh, the No. 1 player in golf going after his fourth straight PGA Tour victory, had three putts catch the lip on the final five holes and still shot a 65 to sit three shots back.
Champions -- Tom Kite was as steady as the rain, shooting even-par 72 (10-under 206) to take a two-stroke lead over Jose Maria Canizares (70) in a misty drizzle during the third round of the
Ernie Els has withdrawn from the Chrysler Championship at Tampa because of a hand injury.