Herron, Pampling tied after three rounds

Tim Herron shot 2-under 68 and tied Australia's Rod Pampling for the lead after three rounds of the Colonial on Saturday.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:40 IST
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Tim Herron shot 2-under 68 and tied Australia's Rod Pampling for the lead after three rounds of the Colonial on Saturday. Herron, affectionately known as 'Lumpy,' will play in the final group on Sunday at Hogan's Alley. The last of his three US PGA Tour victories was seven years ago at Bay Hill. Pampling didn't get off to a good start, missing the fairway with his first tee shot and bogeying Colonial's easiest hole, the 563-yard No 1. That was the first of his three bogeys, but the second-round leader managed to finish with an even-par round of 70. Nathan Green, Richard S Johnson and Peter Lonard were 9 under. First-round leader Stewart Cink was 7 under, among seven other golfers within three strokes of the lead. Herron is coming off his best two finishes of the season, a tie for seventh in New Orleans and a tie for 26th last week at the Byron Nelson Championship. With his game coming into shape, Herron also this week reunited with caddie Scott Steele, who was on his bag for seven years before the two split for a while last summer - though Herron didn't wanted to discuss this week why they were separated. Herron and his wife are still settling after a move to Minnesota, to be around both of their families, and the birth of twin boys last November. The twins were hospitalized after their birth, so Herron didn't practice during that time. He 'just hopped out on the course in January'' when the US PGA Tour season began, and missed five cuts and finished no better than 27th in his other five tournaments before New Orleans last month. Record margin Herron had three birdies in the first seven holes on Saturday, then at No 9 hit his approach over the greenside pond onto the back fringe. Taking an awkward stance in a bunker, Herron managed to putt the ball 8 feet past the hole and then saved par. Right after Herron holed his bunker shot at No 14, a 42-foot shot which went in the cup on the fly, then co-leader Cink missed the fairway with his first two shots at the 448-yard hole. He finally punched it back to the middle then to the green before a two-putt for double bogey. He lost another stroke at No. 15 and was 7 under. Playing in the last group with Pampling and starting only one stroke off the lead, Players champion Stephen Ames drove into the trees to the right, punched through the No 1 fairway into the rough and then his approach was short of the green. He then chunked a shot into a bunker, blasted through the green and finally two-putted from 19 feet for a triple bogey. Ames drove into a fairway bunker for another bogey at No. 3, then was way left with his drive at No 5, the toughest hole, and had a double bogey. He was 7-over 42 on the front nine and finished with a 77. That matched the worst round of the day and left him tied for 38th. Jim Furyk, at No 5 the highest-ranked player in the Colonial field, started with a birdie to get to 8 under. That was as low as he got on hisd way to a 73 that left him 4 under. Defending champion Kenny Perry, who has won two of the last three Colonials by record margins, shot a 70 and was six strokes off the lead. Last year, he took a seven-stroke lead into Sunday, and won by the same margin. Two-time champ Ben Crenshaw, at 54 the second-oldest player to make the cut at the Colonial, shot 74 with four birdies, two double bogeys, and four bogeys. He was 4 over. (AP)