Chad Campbell's 5-under-par 67 was barely enough to keep him in front yesterday in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at Palm Desert, Calif., with Scott Verplank's 64 moving him within one shot of the lead.
Campbell kept up his steady play, with six birdies and a lone bogey at the new Classic Club at Northstar, to go to 24-under-par 264 through four days of the 90-hole tournament.
Verplank crafted his 8 under at Bermuda Dunes Country Club, one of four courses used for the first four days. The 70 low-scoring pros and ties play the final round at the Classic Club today.
John Senden was alone in third after a 67 at Bermuda Dunes left him at 20 under. Lurking another two shots back was two-time Hope champion Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson, the winner in 2002 and 2004, shot a 67 at Bermuda Dunes to go to 18 under, six strokes off the pace. Making his season debut in the Hope, Mickelson was tied for fourth with Justin Rose (66).
In the celebrity competition, Roger Clemens had a hole-in-one on the 180-yard second hole at Northstar to help his team -- actor Matthew McConaughey, Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 gold medal-winning US Olympic hockey team, and Jesper Parnevik, the 2000 Hope champion -- win with a combined 65 under for four days.
Women's World Cup -- Annika Sorenstam and Liselotte Neumann posted a 3-under 69 in alternate shot to give Sweden a three-stroke lead over South Korea after the second round in Sun City, South Africa. The Swedes are at 10-under 134.
Finland and Colombia also shot 69s. Both teams are tied for third at 6 under, one stroke behind South Korea. Americans Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis (75) were tied for seventh at 1 under.
European -- Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot a course-record 10-under 62 and took a one-stroke lead over Chris DiMarco in the third round of the Abu Dhabi Championship at United Arab Emirates.
Stenson was at 16-under 200 but was unable to shake the rest of the field. DiMarco carded a 63 and was at 201 entering the final round while Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 64 for 202.
Sergio Garcia (65) was four behind and Colin Montgomerie (65) was five back.
Champions -- In Kaupulehu, Hawaii, Don Pooley shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead over Loren Roberts (67) after the second round of the season-opening MasterCard Championship.
Pooley, who shared the first-round lead with Roberts and Tom Watson (69) after matching the Hualalai record with a 63, had a 17-under 127 total on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course to tie the Tour's 36-hole record for relation to par.