IRVING, Texas - After a bogey at No. 17, Luke Donald made a par-saving putt on the closing hole yesterday to finish a 3-under-par 67 that put him at 10-under 200 and holding a 1-stroke lead over Scott Verplank entering today's final round of the Byron Nelson Classic.

Donald, who has shot 11 straight subpar rounds in the event, had consecutive bogeys early to fall behind by 2 strokes. The Englishman recovered with five birdies in a 10-hole stretch that were enough to put him ahead.

Donald, No. 11 in the world, has finished under par in 17 of his 21 career rounds in the Nelson.

Verplank (66) grew up in the Dallas area and was a teenager when he first met Byron Nelson. Now in his 21st Nelson, Verplank will play in the final group with a chance to finally win it - in the first Nelson tournament played without its namesake.

Play was stopped midway through the round at the TPC Four Seasons for a moment of silence in honor of Nelson, who died Sept. 26. He was 94.


MORELIA, Mexico - Lorena Ochoa shot a 9-under 64 to tie Julieta Granada and Silvia Cavalleri for the third-round lead in the Corona Morelia Championship, the Mexican star's first tournament as the No. 1 player in the world.

A day after falling 5 strokes behind with a 74, the 25-year-old Ochoa had eight birdies, an eagle and a bogey in front of thousands of fans who cheered her every move on the hilly Tres Marias course - about 175 miles from her native Guadalajara.

The 64 matched the LPGA Tour record on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course where Ochoa won last year. Granada had a 67, and Cavalleri shot a 69.

Granada, the young Paraguayan who finished second to Ochoa last October at Tres Marias, birdied her final three holes.

Cavalleri, the Italian who started the day tied for first place, had six birdies and two bogeys to stay at the front of the pack with a 206 total.

Pat Hurst (68) and South Korean rookie Na On Min (67) were tied for fourth at 12 under on the course that sits about 6,300 feet above sea level.

European Tour

MADRID, Spain - England's Simon Dyson, Spain's Carlos Rodiles and France's Gregory Bourdy shared the top spot in the suspended third round of the Spanish Open.

They were at 9 under at the Centro Nacional de Golf course after the completion of the rain-delayed second round.