Parry Trying To Change Luck in Vegas

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His stature is small, his forearms large, his bank account flush and his wins total blank.
 
Such is a narrow assessment of Craig Parry. The 56 Australian ' nicknamed Popeye ' officially joined the PGA Tour in April 1992. Over the years, the 35-year-old has accumulated over $4.3 million, but has yet to record a victory.
 
Perhaps his luck will change this weekend in Las Vegas.
 
Parry shot a 6-under-par 66 at the TPC at Summerlin to grab a 1-shot lead through three rounds of the 90-hole Invensys Classic.
 
He stands at 19-under-par, one shot clear of Tom Lehman. Lehman set a 36-hole PGA Tour record by playing the first two rounds in 19-under, but struggled to a 1-over-par 72 at the TPC at The Canyons on Friday.
 
Bob Estes (67) and Scott McCarron (65) are both two off the lead at 17-under. Fred Couples (72) is tied with Steve Flesch (67), three back at minus-16.
 
John Daly was one off the lead entering the 5th hole (his 14th of the day), but recorded four straight bogeys to shoot 72 and enter the weekend five off the pace at 14-under.
 
The cutline fell at 6-under-par 209. Seventy-four players qualified for weekend play, which will take place on the Summerlin course.
 
Parry started his day with a birdie at the par-4 1st, and then holed a 6-iron from 187 yards for a double eagle on the par-5 3rd.
 
Ive had two double eagles before, one as a schoolboy and another in the Indian Open pro-am, recalled Parry.
 
In blustery conditions, Parry managed to add three more birdies to just one bogey over his final 15 holes.
 
It was like playing the British Open today, he said.
 
Lehman, the 1996 British Open champion, would agree. After two flawless rounds, Lehman carded his first two bogeys of the tournament on Friday. Having posted 19 birdies over his first 36 holes, Lehman could only muster one in Round Three.
 
'I'm still playing well and there's still two days to go,' Lehman said. 'I really didn't hurt myself too badly. I thought if you shot par today, you did well.'
 
Lehman is currently 36th on the money list with only two tournaments remaining before the $5 million Tour Championship, where the top-30 in earnings qualify.
 
Parry, who has never finished outside the top 100 on the money list, is currently 124th in earnings, with the top-125 at seasons end gaining full exemption onto the 2002 PGA Tour.
 
Normally I have this part of the year off, but Im staying over here and playing a couple of extra events, Parry said.
 
Full-field scores from the Invensys Classic