Edwards In Position To Win Again


It took Joel Edwards 316 PGA Tour starts to win his first event. Five starts later, hes in position for win No. 2.
Edwards fired a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at 18-under-par over Davis Love III into the final round of the Buick Challenge in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Love started the day with a one-shot advantage over Vijay Singh. Love shot 69 to stay in contention, while Singh ' winless in on the PGA Tour in 2001 ' shot a 3-over 75 to fall eight shots back of Edwards.
Neal Lancaster, 118th on the money list, shot 68 to move to 16-under, two off the pace. Lancaster is seeking his first tour title since the 1994 Byron Nelson Classic.
Current 2001 PGA Tour money list
Chris DiMarco is four back at 14-under. DiMarco bogeyed his final two holes Saturday on the Mountain View Course for a round of 71.
Edwards won this years Air Canada Championship for his first career PGA Tour victory since turning professional in 1984. Hes currently 47th on the money list, in need of the $612,000 first-place check in order to qualify for next weeks Tour Championship, which accepts the top 30 on the money list.
Edwards started the week in promising fashion with rounds of 65-68, and recorded five birdies and an eagle Saturday to move to the top of the leaderboard.
Love struggled a bit on a chilly North Georgia day; when the temperatures never got out of the 50s and the wind gusted as high as 20mph. Love followed a second-round 62 with a five-birdie, two-bogey 69.
You cant make mistakes, Love said. I hit a couple of bad drives and wound up with bogeys on holes that had been birdies. Thats the difference.
Said Love of Edwards score, Thats a heck of a round in the cold weather. It was tough out there.
In the tournament within a tournament, Jesper Parnevik shot 67 in the third round to move to 7-under. He trails Kenny Perry (No. 30 on the money list) by $676. He now leads him in the tournament by four shots.
Oh yeah, Im thinking about it, said Parnevik, who is 31st on the money list. I know pretty much if I make the top 15 (in the tournament), I should be all right.
Heres how players on the top-30 and top-125 bubble are faring through three rounds:
Tour Championship Bubble

27. Steve Lowery-2T62
28. Stewart Cink -3T53
29. Steve StrickerDNS
30. Kenny Perry-3T53
31. Jesper Parnevik-7T21
32. Kevin Sutherland-8T18
33. Jose Coceres-1T66
34. Jerry Kelly MC
35. Rocco MediateWD
36. Paul Azinger-6T30

Top-125 Bubble

122. Per-Ulrik Johansson-13T5
123. Bradley Hughes-6T30
124. Brandt JobeMC
125. Spike McRoy-6T30
126. Fred Couples*DNS
127. Brad Elder-4T46
128. Paul GoydosMC
129. Pete JordanMC
130. Ian LeggattMC
131. Tom Byrum-9T15
*Exempt through 2006 due to 1996 Players Championship victory
Full-field scores from the Buick Challenge