Ryuji Imada and Troy Matteson remained tied for the AT&T Classic lead yesterday in Duluth, Ga., shooting 3-under-par 69s at TPC Sugarloaf to take a two-stroke advantage over Camilo Villegas into the final round.
Imada, a former University of Georgia player, and Matteson, an ex-Georgia Tech star, had 13-under 203 totals. Villegas was 11 under after a 68, and Masters champion Zach Johnson (69), Matt Kuchar (64), and Lee Janzen (67) were 10 under.
Imada nearly eagled the par-5 18th despite flying the rear bunker. He tapped in after chipping within a foot of the hole, a shot that caused many in the gallery to bark in approval at the former Georgia Bulldogs standout.
LPGA -- Sarah Lee shot a near-flawless 7-under 65 to open a two-shot lead over Lorena Ochoa after three rounds of the $1.4 million
Lee, who led or shared the lead for the first two rounds, is at 16-under 200, the low 54-hole total on tour this year. Ochoa is 14 under at the Upper Montclair Country Club. It's seven more shots back to Sherri Steinhauer, Kate Golden, and Young Jo.
Tied at 9 under, Lee birdied four of her first six holes and lost ground. Ochoa one-upped her with three birdies, and an eagle at the par-5, 470-yard, fifth hole.
Champions -- At Hoover, Ala., Bob Gilder overcame back problems to take the second-round lead in the Regions Charity Classic, shooting a 6-under 66 that included putts for eagle and birdie on two of the final three holes.
European -- Padraig Harrington stretched his lead to three shots at the Irish Open in Adare, where he is trying to become the first Irishman to win in 25 years. The Dubliner was 1 over at the turn but birdied Nos. 12 and 17 to shoot a 1-under 71 and finish at 4-under 212 after the third round.
Norfolk County Classic -- Larry Rentz carded a 3-under 67 to seize a one-shot lead over Phil Smith after the first round at Presidents GC in Quincy.