SAN DIEGO (AP)—Ryuji Imada , a runner-up at Torrey Pines two years ago, has amuch better opportunity this time. He won’t be starting the final round 12 shotsbehind, or trying to catch up to Tiger Woods .
Imada avoided the trouble that caught up with so many other contendersSaturday, making only one bogey and escaping with several key pars for a 2-under70 that gave him a two-shot lead over Ben Crane and Michael Sim in the FarmersInsurance Open.
Imada was at 13-under 203 and will be in the final group with Crane (69) andSim (70), the 25-year-old Australian playing Torrey Pines for the first timesince he was a teenager at the Junior World Championship in 2002.
Phil Mickelson lost a ball in a eucalyptus tree and took double bogey, thenrallied for a 70 and was four shots behind. U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover madedouble bogey on one of the easiest par 4s, then followed with four birdies for a68, leaving him three shots behind going into Sunday.
D.A. Points , who shared the lead with Imada after two rounds, kept paceuntil he chipped over the 14th green and into the hazard, scrambling for adouble bogey. He had a 74, although he was still in the mix.
DOHA, Qatar (AP)—England’s Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 for a share of theQatar Masters lead with Wales’ Bradley Dredge .
Dredge had a 70 to match Casey at 10-under 206.
England’s Lee Westwood (70) was a stroke back, and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson (70) and Australia’s Brett Rumford (73) were 8 under.
New Zealand Open
QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (AP)—Robert Gates became the 13th player to winhis Nationwide Tour debut, closing with a 2-over 74 on Sunday for a one-strokevictory over Australia’s Andrew Dodt in the tour’s season-opening New ZealandOpen.
Gates, the 6-foot-6 former Texas A&M player who played the Canadian Tourlast year, had a 14-under 274 total at The Hills. He opened with rounds of 65,67 and 68 in the event also sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia. Dodtfinished with a 72.