Marino joins Verplank for Disney lead

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By MARK WANGRIN
Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Steve Marino shot a 6-under par 66 Saturday to tie Scott Verplank for the lead heading into the final round of the $4.6 million Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney World.

The second-year PGA Tour member will play with Verplank and Davis Love III, two players with Ryder Cup experience, PGA wins and who were in each other’s wedding, in the final threesome Sunday. Verplank and Marino are tied at 19-under 197.

“Those guys are legendary for me. I watched them growing up,” said Marino, seeking his first Tour win in 65 starts. “They won’t intimidate me, make me nervous, but at the same time I know where they’ve been, what they’ve done.”

Troy Matteson, tied for the second-round lead, shot a 69 to fall into a tie for fifth, three shots back.

After 64s in his first two rounds, Verplank shot 69. He bogeyed No. 18 at the Magnolia course after doing the same on the Palm course Friday. Love shot a day-low of 64 to tie Scott Sterling for third, two shots back at 199.

“I’m happy that I’m sitting here,” said Verplank, who is leading this tournament after three rounds for the third time. “I’m not disappointed. I wouldn’t be happy if I was spinning my wheels.”

Last year Verplank led after three rounds, but finished in a tie for third. In 2003, he led but finished in a tie for second.

“I’m hoping this time it will work out a little better for me,” he said.

Erik Compton, who’s had two heart transplants and got a sponsor’s exemption, shot a 72 and is 13 strokes off the lead. He’ll be playing in the second stage of Q-School next week, only six months after his second transplant.

With the tees moved back on several holes, and fairways still soft from early week rain, the courses player tougher than earlier in the tournament.

Marino has made through three rounds without shooting worse than par on any hole.

Love, coming off an ankle injury that kept him out for six weeks this summer, is playing the Fall Series, something he normally does not do.

“When I walked out, I said, ‘I don’t know who these guys are,’ ” he said. “I met them on the first tee.”

Verplank said he’s impressed by how well Love is playing so soon after his injury.

“When you do that, it takes a while to get back,” he said. “As long as you even think about it even a little bit, it bugs you.”

Love is ranked 96th in the latest money winning projections ($1.13 million), and will retain his PGA Tour card. Golfers need to finish in the top 125 to keep their card.

A win Sunday, though, would be his 20th career victory, giving him a lifetime exemption.

“I’m not worried about the exemption,” he said. “I just want to win.”

Verplank and Marino will be trying to keep streaks alive. Verplank has played 14 straight Tour rounds at par or better since the BMW Championship in September. Marino is trying to become the first player to play a bogey-free tournament and win since Lee Trevino at the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open.

“I’ve got something to shoot for tomorrow,” Marino said.

Marino’s three-round total is the lowest of his career and marks the first time he’s led a tournament heading into the final round.

Verplank is ranked first this weekend in putting. Marino is ranked first in hitting fairways and greens in regulation.

Scores with relation to par from the third round of the Children'sMiracle Network Classic, played Nov. 8 at the par-72, 7,516-yardMagnolia (m) Golf Course and par-72 6,957-yard Palm (p) Golf Course inLake Buena Vista, Fla.:

  1. Scott Verplank 64-64-69--197

    -19 1. Steve Marino 65-66-66--197

    -19 3. Davis Love III 66-69-64--199

    -17 3. Scott Sterling 70-63-66--199

    -17 5. Tommy Gainey 68-66-66--200

    -16 5. Robert Garrigus 65-67-68--200

    -16 5. Troy Matteson 63-68-69--200

    -16 8. Tim Petrovic 67-67-68--202

    -14 8. Bo Van Pelt 68-66-68--202

    -14 8. Ken Duke 66-67-69--202

    -14 8. Jason Gore 66-67-69--202

    -14 8. Kevin Streelman 64-69-69--202

    -14 8. Robert Gamez 65-67-70--202

    -14 14. Cameron Beckman 68-68-67--203

    -13 14. Tag Ridings 66-66-71--203

    -13 16. Joe Durant 68-68-68--204

    -12 16. Charles Howell III 68-68-68--204

    -12 16. Tim Clark 69-66-69--204

    -12 16. Brenden Pappas 71-66-67--204

    -12 16. Rich Beem 65-70-69--204

    -12 16. Martin Laird 68-66-70--204

    -12 16. Chris Stroud 70-68-66--204

    -12 16. Bob Estes 70-63-71--204

    -12 24. Woody Austin 68-68-69--205

    -11 24. Ryan Palmer 71-65-69--205

    -11 24. Stephen Ames 68-68-69--205

    -11 24. Ted Purdy 69-68-68--205

    -11 24. Michael Allen 70-67-68--205

    -11 24. Tom Pernice, Jr. 66-67-72--205

    -11 30. Harrison Frazar 67-68-71--206

    -10 30. Jeff Overton 67-68-71--206

    -10 30. Tim Wilkinson 68-66-72--206

    -10 30. Kevin Stadler 67-71-68--206

    -10 30. Matt Jones 70-64-72--206

    -10 30. Vaughn Taylor 68-71-67--206

    -10 36. Stewart Cink 66-70-71--207

    -9 36. Jimmy Walker 64-72-71--207

    -9 36. Bob Sowards 69-68-70--207

    -9 36. Michael Bradley 70-67-70--207

    -9 40. J.J. Henry 67-69-72--208

    -8 40. Lee Janzen 69-67-72--208

    -8 40. Jason Day 72-66-70--208

    -8 40. Steve Flesch 67-68-73--208

    -8 40. Robert Allenby 66-72-70--208

    -8 40. J.B. Holmes 71-68-69--208

    -8 46. Carl Pettersson 68-68-73--209

    -7 46. John Rollins 68-69-72--209

    -7 46. Omar Uresti 67-72-70--209

    -7 49. Tom Scherrer 69-68-73--210

    -6 49. Will MacKenzie 68-69-73--210

    -6 49. Bob Tway 73-62-75--210

    -6 49. Erik Compton 70-68-72--210

    -6 49. Nick Watney 69-70-71--210

    -6 49. Boo Weekley 68-71-71--210

    -6 55. Carlos Franco 69-67-75--211

    -5 55. Y.E. Yang 68-68-75--211

    -5 55. John Riegger 68-69-74--211

    -5 55. Kirk Triplett 65-70-76--211

    -5 55. Heath Slocum 71-67-73--211

    -5 55. Marc Turnesa 71-68-72--211

    -5 61. Todd Demsey 67-70-75--212

    -4 61. Zach Johnson 66-72-74--212

    -4 61. Jerry Kelly 71-68-73--212

    -4 61. Chris DiMarco 68-71-73--212

    -4 61. Patrick Sheehan 68-71-73--212

    -4 66. Dudley Hart 70-69-74--213

    -3 67. Richard S. Johnson 70-68-76--214

    -2 68. Mathias Gronberg 67-71-77--215

    -1 68. Frank Lickliter II 74-65-76--215

    -1 70. Jeff Maggert 73-66-79--218
    + 2 • • •



    Missed the cut



    72. Craig Kanada 68p-72m--140

    -4 72. Steve Elkington 71m-69p--140

    -4 72. Cody Freeman 67m-73p--140

    -4 72. Travis Perkins 70m-70p--140

    -4 72. Kent Jones 73m-67p--140

    -4 72. Brett Rumford 69m-71p--140

    -4 72. Ben Crane 74m-66p--140

    -4 72. Daniel Chopra 71m-69p--140

    -4 72. Brian Davis 72m-68p--140

    -4 81. Fredrik Jacobson 68m-73p--141

    -3 81. Brett Quigley 70m-71p--141

    -3 81. Jesper Parnevik 70p-71m--141

    -3 81. Briny Baird 72m-69p--141

    -3 81. John Huston 73m-68p--141

    -3 81. Mark Hensby 71m-70p--141

    -3 81. Jim McGovern 71m-70p--141

    -3 81. Bubba Watson 71p-70m--141

    -3 81. James Driscoll 72p-69m--141

    -3 81. Ryan Armour 71m-70p--141

    -3 81. Shane Bertsch 71m-70p--141

    -3 81. Steve Lowery 74m-67p--141

    -3 81. Bob Heintz 71p-70m--141

    -3 81. Brian Gay 73m-68p--141

    -3 81. George McNeill 71m-70p--141

    -3 81. Chad Collins 74m-67p--141

    -3 97. J.P. Hayes 69p-73m--142

    -2 97. Kenneth Ferrie 72p-70m--142

    -2 97. Richard Johnson 75m-67p--142

    -2 97. Bill Haas 72p-70m--142

    -2 97. Brad Elder 70p-72m--142

    -2 97. Jason Bohn 72p-70m--142

    -2 97. Brian Bateman 70p-72m--142

    -2 97. Justin Bolli 71p-71m--142

    -2 105. Peter Lonard 73m-70p--143

    -1 105. David Lutterus 71m-72p--143

    -1 105. Jason Allred 72p-71m--143

    -1 105. Kyle Thompson 72m-71p--143

    -1 105. Brad Adamonis 74m-69p--143

    -1 105. Jin Park 69p-74m--143

    -1 111. Nicholas Thompson 71p-73m--144

    E 111. Brad Faxon 72m-72p--144

    E 111. Greg Kraft 73m-71p--144

    E 114. Scott McCarron 71m-74p--145
    + 1 114. Charles Warren 71p-74m--145
    + 1 114. Alejandro Canizares 68p-77m--145
    + 1 117. Cliff Kresge 72p-74m--146
    + 2 117. Eric Axley 72p-74m--146
    + 2 117. Paul Claxton 73m-73p--146
    + 2 117. Ryan Moore 73p-73m--146
    + 2 117. Dustin Johnson 74p-72m--146
    + 2 122. Jon Mills 72m-76p--148
    + 4 122. Clint Avret 75m-73p--148
    + 4 124. Alex Cejka 76p-73m--149
    + 5 124. Nick Flanagan 72m-77p--149
    + 5 126. Jay Williamson 76p-74m--150
    + 6 DQ. Ron Whittaker



    WD. Fred Couples
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