Sporting Digest: Golf

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David Duval continued his run as the most successful golfer on the PGA Tour over the last 12 months by capturing his second straight title at the $1.8 million Michelob Championship on Sunday. After winning the first of three consecutive starts here last year, Duval posted his seventh victory in his last 23 starts and fourth in 1998 by claiming a three-stroke victory at the Kingsmill Golf Club.

MICHELOB CHAMPIONSHIP (Williamsburg, Virginia) leading third-round scores (US unless stated): 268 D Duval 65-67-68-68; 271 P Tataurangi 65-68-69- 69; 272 B Cheesman 69-68-69-66; 273 P Stewart 70-67-67-69, B Hughes 68- 67-69-69; 275 B Mayfair 67-70-70-68, J Huston 69-70-68-68, F Lickliter 66-67-70-72, G Hallberg 68-67-66-74; 277 J Sluman 68-72-71-66, T Armour III 70-71-70-66, C Pavin 67-70-70-70; 278 B Bates 67-70-73-68, J.L. Lewis 69-67-70-72, L Roberts 69-69-68-72, K Wentworth 67-70-69-72; 279 B Fleisher 69-70-70-70, R Allenby 69-70-70-70, M Brooks 68-71-69-71, S Pate 66-69- 72-72, J Sindelar 68-69-70-72.

LPGA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (Opelika, Alabama) Leading third-round scores (US unless stated): 206 K Robbins 66 73 67. 210 S Steinhauer 70 70 70. 211 A Nicholas (GB) 70 73 68, J Inkster 67 73 71. 213 A Sorenstam (Swe) 69 70 74. 215 B Burton 75 71 69, C Figg-Currier 71 74 70, R Jones 71 72 72, M Mallon 73 69 73, C Johnson 70 70 75, H Alfredsson (Swe) 69 70 76. 216 H Kobayashi (Japan) 73 73 70, Se Ri Pak (Kor) 68 69 79.

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE SAN PAOLO VITA OPEN (Margara, Milan) leading final scores (GB or Irl unless stated): 272 R Winchester 70 69 68 65. 273 E Canonica (It) 64 73 65 71. 274 S Watson 71 67 68 68. 275 W Bennett 68 68 69 70. 276 C Hanell (Swe) 69 74 66 67; J Berendt (Arg) 69 69 70 68; M Brier (Aut) 68 67 72 69; R Lee 71 69 67 69. 277 D Nouailhac (Fr) 69 69 72 67; R Sjoberg (Swe) 67 71 71 68; D Park 72 68 69 68; D R Jones 69 68 69 71; J Robinson 69 67 70 71; J Bickerton 64 70 71 72 (pounds 1,136 each). Selected GB and Irl: 278 G Emerson 70 69 67 72. 279 D Lee 70 69 72 68. 282 G Sherry 70 72 71 69.

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