Senden up by 3 strokes

Roberts in front again

Golf

July 16, 2006

John Senden took the lead and the spotlight at the John Deere Classic yesterday in Silvis, Ill., one day after Michelle Wie withdrew because of heat exhaustion.

With temperatures in the low 90s, Senden shot a 7-under-par 64 to reach 16-under.

Heath Slocum and Patrick Sheehan were three back at 13-under after 66s. Second-round leader Joe Ogilvie (69), Alex Cejka (64), Steve Jones (66), J.P. Hayes (66) and Daniel Chopra (68) were 12-under.

Wie, 16, was trying to become the first woman in 61 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour.

Champions Senior Players Championship -- Loren Roberts shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Lonnie Nielson in Dearborn, Mich. Roberts, 51, the winner of his first three starts this season on the tour, shot 4-under 32 on each of the nines and hit a 180-yard iron shot within 4 feet to set up a birdie on the par-4 18th hole. Last week in the U.S. Senior Open, Roberts followed a third-round 62 with a 73 to tie for eighth place.

LPGA Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic -- Natalie Gulbis birdied her final hole to pull into a three-way tie for the lead before play was suspended late in the third round of the storm-marred event in Sylvania, Ohio. Gulbis, seeking her first LPGA Tour victory, birdied the par-5 17th to tie Reilley Rankin and Mi Hyun Kim at 12-under.

PGA European Barclays Scottish Open -- Thomas Bjorn made a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to tie Darren Clarke for the lead at 11-under 202 in Luss.

American Century Celebrity Golf Championship -- Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver birdied the last three holes to take a two-point modified Stableford scoring system lead over former hockey player Dan Quinn in the second round in Stateline, Nev.

U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship -- Former University of Nevada player Casey Watabu beat Oklahoma's Anthony Kim, 4 and 3, in the 36-hole final in Bremerton, Wash.

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