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Duffy Waldorf would have won most PGA Tour events by now, but the Las Vegas Invitational isn't like most tournaments. Instead, he finds himself with 18 windswept holes left to try for his second career victory.

Waldorf's 3-over 75 Saturday left him two strokes in front after 72 holes -- a time when every tour event other than the Bob Hope Classic is over.

The tour veteran with a penchant for colorful hats had a 16-under 272 total going into today's final round (5 p.m., ESPN) after two days of high winds and some tricky pin positions that sent scores scoring on the normally benign TPC Summerlin course.

"It feels like we already played 90 holes," Waldorf said. "But everyone knows before you tee it up that the finish line is at 90 holes. You look at this like it's the third round of a normal tournament."

Tied for second on a day of slow play were a trio of other tour veterans -- Billy Mayfair, Bill Glasson and Mike Reid -- while three others were another shot back.

The pace of play for the leaders was snail-like, slowed by the tough pin positions and the fact the leading groups played in foursomes of two amateurs and two pros.

By the time Waldorf and Mayfair, the final group of the day, finished, they had been on the course nearly six hours.

"The extra hour of standing around is a little fatiguing," Waldorf said.

For the second straight day, winds blew through the wide-open TPC course, which on the first two days of the tournament had given up many rounds in the low 60s. But the winds weren't quite as strong as a day earlier, and the forecast was for improved conditions today.

Still, the pin positions were set behind bunkers and next to ponds, and none of the 70 pros who made the cut was able to break 70.

"You're battling the elements out there," Mark Calcavecchia said after shooting a 71 to tie Kevin Sutherland and David Edwards at 13-under.

"When it's calm, you're so offensive minded. But when the weather changes it becomes more of a U.S. Open mindset when par is a good score."

Waldorf's round was his first over-par round of the tournament. He opened with a 65 and 63 before shooting a 69 in high wind Friday.

Defending champion Tiger Woods rebounded from a 77 on Friday to shoot 1-under 71, but was still eight shots back going into the final round.

Fred Couples was in contention early, but made double bogey on the 18th hole and shot 77 to fall to seven shots back.

Eastwood leads Gold Rush

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. -- Bob Eastwood shot a 3-under-par 69 on to maintain a two-stroke lead over four players after the second round of the Raley's Senior Gold Rush Classic.

Eastwood, a former San Jose State star who began his career with several regional and state amateur tournament wins in nearby Sacramento, had an 8-under 136 total on the Serrano Country Club course.

"I had a chance to break it open a few times, but couldn't," said Eastwood, who won the rain-shortened Bell Atlantic Classic earlier this year for his first senior title. "The greens were very tough today because the winds dried them out."

Rick Acton, taking advantage of the absence of the 35 mph winds that plagued the first round, shot a 65 to join Gary Player, Jim Dent and Bruce Summerhays at 138.

Player, Dent and Summerhays shot their second straight 69s.

Jack Kiefer was three back at 139, matching Acton for the low round of the day with a 65 that included two eagles. Gil Morgan (66), Tom Wargo (71) and Jimmy Powell (67) were four back at 4-under 140.

Defending champion Jim Colbert, continuing his comeback from June surgery for prostate cancer, shot his second consecutive 71.

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