Van de Velde in comfortable lead

Jean Van De Velde fired a seven-under-par 65 to open up a two-shot lead after the third round of the Reno-Tahoe Open, in Nevada.

Jean Van De Velde fired a seven-under-par 65 to open up a two-shot lead after the third round of the Reno-Tahoe Open, in Nevada.

Van de Velde, remembered for his remarkable collapse in the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie, began the day four shots behind second-round leader Brian Henninger.

The Frenchman scorched the Montreux Golf and Country Club course in windy conditions with a bogey-free round and moved to 13 under on 203.

Henninger, who carded a one-under-par 71, dropped back to second spot - a shot clear of Bob May, David Toms and Doug Dunakey.

Van de Velde said: "I think the memories of Carnoustie would still be alive no matter how many wins I have.

"As I say, you have to move on and see. If I arrive here three ahead on the 72nd hole, let's see if I can manage to do better than a triple bogey. It's not quite the same hole on the 18th at Carnoustie."

Henninger tied the course record with a 63 on Friday but the magic wore off and his round contained four bogeys and five birdies.

May, who pushed Tiger Woods to a three-hole play-off in last week's final major of the season, carded a 70 to move to 10-under 206.

Australia's Karrie Webb has set her sights on more LPGA Tour records after breaking her own mark for 54 holes in the US Oldsmobile Classic.

The world No 1 shot a 66 for a 193 total on the Walnut Hills course. Cristie Kerr and Meg Mallon were tied for second at 201, eight strokes behind.

Webb is eyeing her 72-hole LPGA record of 26-under 262 which she established in the Australian Masters last year.

"It was in the back of my mind a little bit," Webb said. "What am I, eight shots ahead? I don't ever count my chickens until I'm coming up the last hole. But the record is definitely something I can look at.

Mallon, who set the tournament record on Thursday with a 62, faded with a one under par 71, but as Webb walked to the 18th hole, the American acknowledged her performance by applauding.

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