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LOVE FINDS HOME TURF GOOD TO HIM

You couldn't tell by the way Davis Love III and Stewart Cink played that both Georgia golfers were coming off weekends they would rather forget.

Love continued to shake off last week's disastrous showing at the Ryder Cup, shooting a third-round 5-under 67 Saturday to take a two-shot lead over Cink at the $1.2 million Buick Challenge.

Love, who won his first major by taking the PGA Championship this year, lost all four of his matches at the Ryder Cup in Spain last week.

"I think, if anything, it was good for me to play this week," said Love, still a bit weary from his plane ride home from Spain and four straight days of golf, including Wednesday's pro-am.

"This way, I got to read all the articles, take questions and get it over with," he said. "Hopefully, after this week, I can take a couple of weeks off and when I go to Las Vegas (Invitational) later this month, they'll be talking about something else."

Love didn't let anything bother him Saturday, dropping in six birdies before a lone bogey on No. 17 for a 17-under-par 199 over the 7,057-yard Mountain View Course at the Callaway Gardens resort, 90 miles southwest of Atlanta.

That was good enough for the Sea Island, Ga., resident to break the course and tournament record of 200 for 54 holes set by Steve Elkington in winning the rain-shortened event in 1994.

Cink, who played at Georgia Tech, stayed within striking distance by matching Love's 67 for a 201. He had five birdies in a bogey-free round in seeking the first prize of $216,000.

Irwin shakes off injury

CLEMMONS, N.C. -- Hale Irwin loosened up his sore right shoulder and shot a course-record 62 to open a five-stroke lead in the Vantage Championship. He moved closer to becoming the first golfer ever to win $2 million in a season.

Irwin, who took a one-shot lead into Saturday's round and questioned how he would perform because of shoulder tendinitis flaring up, birdied five of his first eight holes as he moved to 16-under-par after 36 holes.

Irwin's two-round total of 126 tied the senior tour opening 36-hole record set by Jim Colbert in the 1994 GTE West Classic. His 62 broke the Tanglewood championship course record of 63 set by Dave Stockton in the first round of the 1994 Vantage.

John Bland, Jose Maria Canizares and Dave Eichelberger were tied for third with 8-under 134s, eight shots behind.

King, Sorenstam tied at top

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Host Betsy King and LPGA money leader Annika Sorenstam moved into a first-place tie after the third round of the $600,000 CoreStates Betsy King Classic.

King shot a 5-under-par 67 at the 6,075-yard, par 72 Berkleigh Country Club. Sorenstam, the defending champion, had a 68 to tie King at 11-under-205.

Both were one stroke ahead of Kelly Robbins, who tied the course record with a 65.

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