TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) - The years continue to melt away for
Tom Watson as he seems to be regaining his youth at the British
Open. The 59-year old stayed on course to win his record-tying
sixth Claret jug by leading the tournament after three rounds.
Watson had back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 on the way to a 1-over
71 and one-shot lead after 54 holes. Should Watson be able to
maintain that lead through Sunday's final round, he would become
the oldest winner of a major tournament.
Matthew Goggin put the pressure on Watson with a 69 and Ross
Fisher posted a 70 to leave them both at 3-under par.
Lee Westwood and Retief (reh-TEEF') Goosen are two shots off the
lead, while Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Stewart Cink (SIHNK) trail
Second round co-leader Steve Marino ballooned to a 76 and is five shots off the pace.