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Golf Roundup: Fudoh leads Women's British Open by one

SUNNINGDALE, England - Yuri Fudoh of Japan shot a 3-under 69 to lead by one stroke after the third round of the Women's British Open on Saturday.

Fudoh, who qualified for the tournament by finishing in the top 15 of the championship a year ago at St. Andrew's, is at 13-under 203 at Sunningdale and in sight of her first major title.

Ji-Yai Shin of South Korea (70) is second after making a bogey at the 18th. Shin drove her tee shot into the rough, then pulled her second shot into the gallery. Taking a drop, she pitched 20 feet past the hole and then missed the par putt.

Fudoh was the leading money winner on the Japanese LPGA from 2000-05 and has won 45 tournaments in her home country. She is using veteran caddie Peter Coleman, who helped Bernhard Langer win two Masters titles.

'He has helped on the distance and I think 50 percent of what I have done is because of the caddie,' Fudoh said through an interpreter.

Fudoh said she has no plans to move to the LPGA Tour in the United States.

'I don't think I have enough power to play on the LPGA, like physical condition,' she said.

Romero surges into lead at US Senior Open

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Broadmoor's East Course wasn't so unbearable Saturday.

Eduardo Romero of Argentina grabbed the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Senior Open with a 5-under-par 65, conquering not only a course but also a field that one day earlier was bedeviled by perilous pin placements and a curious black bear.

'Fantastic round. I played great today,' said Romero, whose three-day total of 9-under 201 is two shots ahead of Fred Funk (69), who relinquished the lead with three bogeys on the back nine, and three ahead of John Cook (66).

Tom Kite (71) is in fourth, eight shots back and the only other golfer under par for the tournament.

Mickelson, Singh, Westwood atop Firestone

AKRON, Ohio - Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh slugged it out in the trees and on the greens Saturday throughout an up-and-down day at the Bridgestone Invitational until they wound up in a tie for the lead with a far more conventional Lee Westwood.

Mickelson went six straight holes without hitting a fairway, then poured it on late with three straight birdies until he finished with a bogey from the fairway for a 2-under 68.

Singh twice missed par putts from inside 31/2 feet, but chipped in from a scary lie above the third hole for birdie and managed a 69. Westwood drove the ball as well as he ever has and made long putts for birdie and par on his way to a 67.

They all were at 8-under 202 and gave this World Golf Championship a truly global feel - three players from three parts of the world, each seeking his first WGC title.