Fred Couples looked like he was over his Masters hangover, closing the back nine at the steamy GTE Byron Nelson Classic with a 29 on Saturday to take the third-round lead by two strokes at 14-under-par 196.
Couples, who finished second to Mark O'Meara by one stroke at Augusta National last month despite a double bogey on the 13th hole, sprinted from the pack with an eagle on No. 16 and a birdie on the next hole to close with a 63.Harrison Frazar, who had a tap-in birdie on the final hole for a 66, was two strokes behind at 198 and Hal Sutton shot a 68 to be at 199. John Cook was at 200.
Defending champion Tiger Woods was sloppy with every phase of his game and shot a 69 to be nine strokes behind at 205.
"It was ugly," Woods said after he missed fairways and missed even more putts. "I didn't play very well. My pace was off on my putting."
SAINT LUKE'S CLASSIC: Larry Ziegler had his tee shot on No. 18 bounce out of a creek and finished with a 3-under-par 67 Saturday to take a two-shot lead over defending champion Bruce Summerhays in the Saint Luke's Classic in Belton, Mo.
Senior PGA Tour rookie Fred Gibson, who tamed gusty, swirling winds on Friday for a 65, bogeyed Nos. 14, 15 and 16 and skied to a 74 in Saturday's perfect conditions.
Summerhays, twice saving par with tough putts on the back side, shot a scrambling 70 and had a two-day total of 138.