LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Rich Beem knew he was on a roll when a 25-foot birdie putt looked like a tap-in. When he finished his round of 9-under 63, he was atop the leaderboard Saturday in the Funai Classic at Disney and bracing for a wild ending this tournament has come to expect.

All that was missing were the two biggest stars.

Tiger Woods, needing two birdies to avoid missing the cut for the second time this year, instead went bogey-par to fall three shots short of the cut and join Vijay Singh on the sidelines.

They left the birdies to everyone else, and those came in bunches on a steamy, sticky afternoon that was cut short when storms moved into the area and suspended the third round with 25 players still on the course.

They will have to return this morning.

Beem was at 19-under 197. Mark Calcavecchia had a 65 and was one shot behind at 18 under.

He was joined by Mark Wilson, who nearly made an ace on the par-3 15th and shot a career-best 63 to renew his hopes of avoiding Q-school.

Still to be determined is how 10 other players finish their third round.

Carl Petterson, who finished his second round Saturday morning by tying the Palm course record with a 62, was far more steady on the Magnolia course in the afternoon and was at 18 under with three holes to play. Petterson also tied the tournament’s 36-hole record at 17-under 127.

Also at 18 under with at least two holes remaining were Tim Clark, Tom Pernice Jr. and Geoff Ogilvy, who birdied two straight holes before the horn sounded to stop play.

SBC Championship

SAN ANTONIO – Dana Quigley shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the SBC Championship at Oak Hills Country Club.

Quigley moved to 11-under 131, ahead of former European Ryder Cup member Mark James, who had a 5-under 66. Jay Haas is third at 4 under after a 66.

First-round leader John Harris was tied for the lead before taking a triple bogey on the par-4 17th. He finished with a 66 and was tied for fourth at 8 under with Bruce Fleisher (66) and Don Pohl (69).

Mallorca Classic

SON SERVERA, Mallorca (AP) – Jose Maria Olazabal shot an even-par 70 and held a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Mallorca Classic.

Olazabal birdied the 17th hole and moved ahead when Paul Broadhurst bogeyed the 18th.

Olazabal was at 6-under 204, while Broadhurst (72) and Soren Hansen (66) shared second at 5 under. Bradley Dredge (67), Wade Ormsby (70) and Mattias Eliasson (70) followed at 4 under.

Olazabal is going for his first win in three years and trying to improve his chance for a Ryder Cup spot next year.

AP-ES-10-22-05 2023EDT


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