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DiMarco Cools Still Leads

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ' A pair of 2002 trends are forming this week at the Disney Golf Classic.
 
Players seeking their first wins, and others seeking to stop the hands of time are once again in contention outside the Magic Kingdom.
 
Chris DiMarco, however, would love nothing more than to buck both trends. He wasnt able to maintain his torrid pace Saturday, but he did just enough to keep his two-stroke lead heading into the final round.
 
DiMarco shot a bogey-free 3-under 69 to move to 20-under-par 196. Hes two clear of Skip Kendall (66), Bob Burns (67) and Scott Hoch (69). Hoch bogeyed his final hole, as did Joel Edwards, who is three back after a 67.
 
'I'll be more aggressive tomorrow,' DiMarco said. 'I think I came out a little tenative today. I mean, after shooting 63-64, I think I should have come out more aggressive.'
 
Kendall was agressive from ths start Saturday. He was 8-under, and leading the tournament through 13 holes, but bogeyed the 15th and 17th to relinquish his position.
 
The goal today was to close the gap, and I did that, said Kendall, who started the day five back. Obviously, Im not happy with the way I finished, but Im only taking away positives.
 
DiMarco and Kendall will be paired in Sundays final twosome. The two share more than just the fact that they both live in the Orlando area; it was Kendall who resurrected DiMarcos career by introducing him to the claw-style putting grip.
 
Skip is a good guy and he knew I was struggling back in 95 and showed me something that helped, DiMarco said. It really doesnt matter how you hold it, as long as the ball goes in the hole.
 
Tiger Woods had a hard time getting the ball in the hole in round three. Needing a remarkably low number to cut into his overnight eight-shot deficit, Woods could only muster a 5-under 67.
 
I hit so many good putts that didnt go in, he said.
 
Woods stands at 14-under-par. Hes six off the lead, with 20 players tied with or in front of him.
 
It is almost impossible to try and catch up, because you need to shoot 62 or something like that to make up a difference and hope they dont go low, he said.
 
I have always liked tournaments where you go and you shoot 69, and it is well learned and well deserved, and you are going to move up the leaderboard.
 
Aside from Tigers usually dominance, there have been a record 15 first-time winners on the PGA Tour this season, while five players in their 40s have posted victory.
 
Kendall, a three-time career runner-up, currently stands behind only Greg Kraft (324) on the active players list without a tour title. This is the 38-year-olds 260th start in the big leagues. Bob Burns stretch extends to 172 events.
 
A year ago, Edwards snapped a 315-tournament drought at the Air Canada Championship. Now, he wants to add to the list of 40-something winners.
 
Edwards is 40; Hoch is 46.
 
DiMarco is neither a graybeard nor winless. He has won each of the last three years, but is still in search of his first multiple-win season.
 
After shooting a front-nine 35 Saturday, DiMarco was trailing Kendall. He birdied 13 and 15 to jump in front, at minus 20. He then parred his final three holes.
 
'Playing with Skip, that will be really fun tomorrow,' DiMarco said. 'I know he's had a lot of close calls. My job tomorrow is not to give it to him. If he goes out and beats me...I'd probably feel just as happy as if I won. Because if I play good and somebody beats me, that's fine. And if it's Skip, it's even better.'
 
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