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Golf in brief: Melbourne tee-off for Open qualifying

pga tour: Tiger Woods remained on course for victory as the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines went into a fifth day. After fog remarkably wiped out all but five minutes of day three’s play, the third round and a large chunk of the fourth were completed yesterday before darkness fell.

MAJORS: The first of five international qualifying events for July’s Open Championship at Muirfield takes place at Kingston Heath in Melbourne today and Wednesday.

Last month’s surprise Australian PGA Championship winner Daniel Popovic is among 72 players competing over 36 holes for three places in Scotland. Former European Tour winners Peter Fowler, Craig Parry and Peter O’Malley are also in the field, the 53-year-old Fowler having lifted the Australian Senior Open title last month 29 years after he won the Australian Open.

Other qualifiers will be held in Bangkok on 28 February-1 March, Johannesburg on 5-6 March, Texas on 20 May and at Sunningdale on 24 June.

Meanwhile, the US Open will be held at Winged Foot for the sixth time when the second major of the season is staged at the New York course in 2020.

Law three shots ahead in Turkey

PRO GOLF TOUR: Aberdonian David Law is on course for the second win of his professional career after opening up a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Sueno Dunes Classic in Belek, Turkey.

The two-time Scottish Amateur champion, who triumphed on the same circuit in Morocco last year, followed his opening 62 with an equally-polished 65 to sit on 11-under-par.

His nearest challenger is Germany’s Marcus Schneider, who has five compatriots sharing third spot on 132.

But, if Law can maintain his sparkling form, the 21-year-old, who is attached to the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre and has the former Open champion as his mentor, has given himself a great chance of getting the 2013 campaign off to a flying start.

Woods win in sight at Torrey Pines

PGA TOUR: Tiger Woods remained on course for victory as the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines went into a fifth day. After fog remarkably wiped out all but five minutes of day three’s play, the third round and a large chunk of the fourth were completed yesterday before darkness fell.

When that moment came, Woods was 17-under-par with 11 holes to play, six shots clear of nearest challengers Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney.

Woods was two shots clear at the start of play and extended his lead with a three-under-par third round of 69, bettered only by Australian Aaron Baddeley with 68.

The world No2 began his final round four clear, having won on 39 of the 41 previous occasions he has led outright with 18 holes remaining – though the quick turnaround meant he had not changed into his trademark red shirt.

 

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