AKRON, Ohio -- Dillard Pruitt, the long-shot leader of the NEC World Series of Golf, has one fond hope going into today's final round.
"It's a long, tough golf course," Pruitt said of the 7,149-yard Firestone layout.
"I just hope I can get out of here tomorrow without it getting me," Pruitt said after he opened an extra length of daylight with an 18th-hole birdie to close out yesterday's third round.
At one time or another during the first three rounds, Firestone got almost everyone else in the elite, 48-man winners-only field from around the world.
Only Pruitt and Tom Purtzer were able to beat its grudging par of 210 for 54 holes; Pruitt with a third-round 68 and a 205 total, and Purtzer with a 67 for 208.
And Purtzer -- the only man within five strokes of Pruitt -- was less than completely confident about his chances.
"I wish I was playing a little bit better. I wish I felt a little bit better about my game," Purtzer said.
On the surface, their head-to-head pairing in the last group for today's final round would appear to favor Purtzer. He's a 39-year-old veteran in his 17th season on the PGA Tour, recognized as one of the game's long hitters and playing one of the tour's longer courses.
Pruitt, on the other hand, is in only his third season on the tour. He's won only once -- capturing the Chattanooga Classic last month while most of the game's greats were playing in the British Open. He is not particularly long off the tee.
Davis Love III, second-round leader Mark Brooks, Jim Gallagher and Joe Ozaki shared third place at even-par 210 -- five strokes behind the leader.
Brooks went to a 4-over 74, Love shot a 72, Gallagher matched par-70 and Ozaki moved up with a 68.
Andrew Magee, with a 70, and Joey Sindelar, with a 73, were six off the pace at 211.
Although he was the first man off the tee and trailing the field in scoring, rookie sensation John Daly drew the bulk of the gallery.
He responded with a 71 that got him out of the anchor-man position for the first time in the tournament at 223.
Sunwest/Charley Pride Seniors
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Lee Trevino, coming off a two-week rest that included skipping the PGA Championship, shot a 7-under-par 65 for a two-shot lead over 61-year-old super senior Don January.
Trevino's 36-hole total of 131 was 13-under on the par-72 6,722-yard Four Hills Country Club course.
January, trying to become the first super senior (60 and over) to win a Senior Tour event, stayed close with a 66 that included five birdies on the back nine.
But he could not match Trevino's pace. After bogeying the 456-yard, par-4 ninth hole, Trevino birdied four of the next six holes. He held off January's charge by making a 35-foot birdie putt on the par-5 15th and finished the round with a 15-foot birdie on No. 18.
U.S. Amateur Championship
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. -- Manny Zerman and Mitch Voges set up a battle of youth against experience, as each won twice at The Honors Course to reach the championship.
Voges, 41, defeated Bryan Pemberton, 6 and 5, in yesterday afternoon's semifinal round. Zerman, 21, found the going a bit rougher against Dicky Pride but won on the 19th hole.
Voges and Zerman, runner-up to Phil Mickelson in last year's tournament, will meet in a 36-hole, match-play final over the par-72, 7,064-yard course today.
In the morning quarterfinal round, Pride eliminated David White, 4 and 2, and Zerman stopped David Duval, 4 and 3, to set up their semifinal.
Voges earned his semifinal berth with a 2-up victory over Jay Sigel, who won consecutive U.S. Amateur championships in 1982-83. Pemberton beat Rick Southwick, 3 and 2.