Tiger Woods made the most noise, but steady, reserved Vijay Singh stayed in control after three rounds of the Sprint International in Castle Rock, Colo.
Singh, withstanding two eagles including a hole-in-one from the onrushing Woods, clung to a narrow lead Saturday. Singh, who began the day with a 4-point lead under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this event, saw his margin trimmed to a point.The recently crowned PGA champion had four birdies and two bogeys in a solid if unspectacular round at Castle Pines Golf Club, which for the first time in three days was spared delays from lightning and rain. He added 6 points to his total for 33, just 1 ahead of Willie Wood and 2 ahead of Woods.
Another point back on a tightly bunched leaderboard was Rocco Mediate. Defending champion Phil Mickelson also surged, finishing at 29. The top 12 players were separated by only 8 points.
The International's scoring format awards 5 points for an eagle, 2 for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double-bogey or worse.
NORTHVILLE SENIORS: At Jericho, N.Y., Walter Hall shot a 3-under-par 69 Saturday to hold a share of the lead of the $1 million Northville Long Island Classic for the second straight year, this time with Tom Shaw, who had a 66.
Hall, in his second year on the Senior PGA Tour, held a three-stroke lead after an opening 65 and his 10-under 134 total matches what he had last year after two rounds at the 6,842-yard Meadow Brook Club. He had a final-round 74 last year and finished 11th.
LPGA RAINBOW CLASSIC: At Maple Grove, Minn., it took a late afternoon rainstorm Saturday to keep Michelle Estill from building a commanding lead in the LPGA Rainbow Classic.
Estill was at 9-under par through three holes of the second round and was lining up a birdie putt attempt on the fourth hole of the Rush Creek Golf Course when the heavy rain chased nearly half of the field to cover.
Sixty-six of the 138 golfers will return early Sunday morning to finish the second round, then come back for the final 18 holes of the $600,000 event.
UGA MID-AMATEUR: At Lehi, Steve Poulson sank a 25-foot putt on the seventh hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the UGA Mid-Amateur golf tournament Saturday at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course.
The 42-year-old Sandy resident edged Jeff Jolley in the long playoff in the tournament for amateurs 25 and older. Tom Hogan finished third at 221, while Chick Lignell, Kevin Haslam and Kirk Bowler tied for fourth at 224.