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ABERDEEN, Scotland - Former Masters champion Craig Stadler saved par on his final two holes for a 3-under 68 Friday, leaving him the only player under par at the Senior British Open with a two-shot lead over Greg Norman. The Shark fired away on a blustery afternoon at Royal Aberdeen. He finished off his 67 by muscling a 9-iron out of deep rough into 30 feet and holing the birdie putt on the 18th.

Stadler was at 1-under 141 as he goes after his third Champions Tour major. Des Smyth had a 72 and was four behind at 3-over 145, followed by a group at 146 that included Tom Watson (71) and first-round leader Loren Roberts (74).


MILWAUKEE - Ben Crane, whose slow play drew the ire of Rory Sabbatini at the Booz Allen Classic last month, sped up his game to get in a full round and shot a 65 to maintain his lead at the US Bank Championship.

Crane didn't want to have to return to Brown Deer Park first thing Saturday morning to play just one hole. So, he found himself running between shots and conspiring with playing partners Corey Pavin and Kenny Perry to make sure they didn't have to set the alarm clock.

Crane's 13-under 127 total is two shots better than Scott Verplank and four better than Tommy Armour III and Chris Smith. Jeff Sluman was at minus-11 and waiting to tee off on his last hole when play was suspended due to darkness. He was one of 55 players who will have to return.


EVIAN, France - Paula Creamer shot a 6-under 66, taking a seven-stroke lead over Karine Icher and Laura Davies after the third round of the Evian Masters.

The 18-year-old Creamer was eight strokes ahead of Annika Sorenstam (72), and 11 in front of Michelle Wie.

Icher shot a 68 and Davies had a 70, but both lost ground to Creamer, who is poised to claim her second title in her rookie season. She won the Sybase Classic two months ago.

Wie fired her new Irish caddie Brian Smallwood after the first round and her father, B.J., is now on her bag.


ALVESLOHE, Germany - U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell shot a 7-under 65 to share a one-stroke lead with Henrik Stenson after the first round of the Players' Championship of Europe. Alessandro Tadini, Bradley Dredge and Wade Ormsby were a shot back after carding 66s at the Gut Kaden course near Hamburg.

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