DULUTH, Ga. - Charles Howell III shot a 5-under-par 67 yesterday to take a 1-stroke lead over Kenny Perry into the final round of the AT&T Classic.

An Augusta native seeking his third PGA Tour victory and first since the 2007 Nissan Open, Howell had a 13-under 203 total at the TPC Sugarloaf.

Perry shot a 69. David Toms (69), Ryan Palmer (70), and second-round leader Jonathan Byrd (73) were 2 strokes back at 11 under.

With storms expected this afternoon, the players will tee off in threesomes, starting on both the first and 10th holes. Howell, Perry and Toms are set for 10:15 a.m. on No. 1.

"It will be different," Howell said. "It's not the normal twosomes later in the day. From what I understand, it's going to be quite windy. This golf course is really tough in the wind. There's a lot of risk-reward out here. A lot of it."


CLIFTON, N.J. - Lorena Ochoa is working on her own goodbye to Annika Sorenstam, who will retire at the end of this year.

The two-time defending champion shot a 5-under 67 and left the retiring Sorenstam in her wake after two rounds of the rain-shortened $2 million Sybase Classic.

Ochoa will enter today's final round of the 54-hole tournament with a 9-under 135 total and a 2-shot lead over third-year tour player Teresa Lu and veteran Sophie Gustafson. South Koreans H.J. Choi and Na Yeon Choi - no relation - are 3 behind at Upper Montclair Country Club. Sorenstam is 5 back.

Champions Tour

HOOVER, Ala. - Andy Bean birdied the final hole to take a 1-shot lead over Mike Goodes heading into the final round of the Regions Charity Classic with two of the top Champions Tour players in close pursuit.

Loren Roberts and Denis Watson were 2 strokes behind after closing the gap with matching 66s on the 7,356-yard Ross Bridge course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

European Tour

ADARE, Ireland - Bradley Dredge had seven birdies in a 6-under 66 to take a 1-stroke lead at 9-under 207 after the third round of the Irish Open at Adare Manor.

Richard Finch, who won the New Zealand Open in December, was a shot back after a 65.