The scores at the du Maurier Classic don't look like they belong at a major championship. The leaders do.
Brandie Burton, a forgotten star still in her 20s, stormed out of the pack with birdies on four of the last six holes Saturday for a 6-under-par 66 that gave her a three-stroke lead going into the final round.Burton, just 21 when she won the du Maurier in 1993, set a 54-hole tournament record of 18-under 198. The previous mark was 200 by Ayako Okamoto in 1987.
She will be in the final pairing Sunday with Annika Sorenstam, who had a 5-under 67 and is playing her best in a major since winning her second straight U.S. Women's Open in 1996.
"My putter has been very nice to me the last three days," Burton said. "I just need it to hold on for 18 more holes."
It will have to. Those trying to chase her down at Essex Golf & Country Club have all proved they can handle the pressure of the final round of a major championship.
Meg Mallon, a former LPGA Championship and U.S. Open winner, also had a 67 and is tied with Sorenstam at 201. Pat Hurst, who won the year's first major at the Dinah Shore, and Betsy King, who needs to win the du Maurier to complete the women's grand slam, were five strokes back at 203.
ST. JUDE CLASSIC: Nick Price righted a shaky round with two birdies on the back nine and Bob Estes came out of the pack with a 4-under-par 67 on Saturday to share the lead in the FedEx St. Jude Classic at Memphis, Tenn.
Price, who has topped the leaderboard all three days, shot a 70 to match Estes at 11-under 202 on the TPC at Southwind course. Jeff Sluman (66), Tim Conley (67) and Paul Azinger (69) were a stroke back.
Kevin Wentworth was alone in sixth place at 9-under.
John Daly, renowned for his tantrums, had another one Saturday. Daly was 3-under on the front nine before double-bogeying three holes on the back side. He was disqualified after failing to sign his scorecard.
SCANDINAVIAN MASTERS: At Stockholm, Sweden, Jesper Parnevik shot a 71 after tying the course record earlier Saturday and took a two-stroke lead over Ryder Cup teammate Darren Clarke after the third round of the $1.3-million Scandinavian Masters. Parnevik birdied two of his last four holes for a 6-under-par 65 in the morning as he completed his second round that was halted by darkness Friday.