Steve Elkington of Australia offset three bogeys with six birdies and an eagle for a 5-under-par 67 Saturday, taking a two-stroke lead over Greg Twiggs after three rounds in the $700,000 San Diego Open.
Elkington birdied the par-5 18th despite hitting his third shot while standing in a pond. He has a three-day total 200 at the Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Second-round co-leader Mark Wiebe was alone in third place after a third-round 70, which left him at 203 following earlier rounds of 68 and 65.
Johnny Miller and John McComish were four back at 12-under 204, while four others were tied at 11-under going into Sunday's final round.
Elkington, who shared the lead after two rounds, eagled the par-5 13th, then birdied the 16th hole to go 16-under. He gave one shot back at the par-4 17th before making a 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the final hole.
His second shot on the 499-yard, par-5 18th landed near the edge of a pond that guards the left side of the green. Elkington had to stand in the water to hit his ball.
Elkington, whose best showing in three years on the tour was fifth in last year's Westchester Classic, also birdied the second, fifth, eighth and 10th holes on the 7,021-yard, par-72 south course at Torrey Pines.
***** At Tampa, Fla., Dave Hill, using a putter courtesy of his Pro-Am partner, sank five birdies Saturday in a 3-under 69 that gave him a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the $300,000 Suncoast Seniors Classic
Hill, who opened with a 68, dropped in a 60-foot birdie putt at No. 9 to overcome a double bogey-6 on the 11th hole and stand alone at 7-under-par 137. Chi Chi Rodriguez, Doug Sanders and Bob Charles each shot a 70 for a two-day total of 138.
First-round leader Don Massengale birdied the final two holes but was victimized by two bogeys and a pair of double bogeys in a 74 that left him tied with Miller Barber (69) and Harold Henning (67) at 4-under 140, three shots off the lead. Arnold Palmer, who bogeyed the 18th hole, is at 141 after a 71 while defending champion Dale Douglass rebounded from an opening-round 74 with a 69 to stand six shots back at 143.
***** And at Honolulu, Sherri Turner fired a record-tying 6-under-par 66 for a record-setting victory in the $300,000 Hawaiian Ladies Open golf tournament.
Turner shot a bogey-free round to finish at 11-under-par 205, four strokes ahead of Friday's co-leader Sara Ann McGetrick. Turner, the LPGA Tour's leading money-winner in 1988, started the final round one stroke behind McGetrick and Alice Ritzman, who were at 6 under.
She took the lead for good by shooting a 3-under 33 on the front nine of the 6,267-yard Turtle Bay Country Club Course on Oahu Island's north shore.
Turner, who claimed a $45,000 first prize, beat the previous tournament record of 9-under 207 set by 1987 champion Cindy Rarick. Her final round of 66 equaled the tournament record set by Terry-Jo Myers in Thursday's first round.
Turner sank a birdie putt on the third hole to tie Ritzman and McGetrick at 6 under. She moved into the lead when she birdied the fourth, while McGetrick bogeyed and Ritzman held par. Turner went on to birdie the fifth, 13th, 15th and 18th holes.