Lickliter keeps Tucson lead

March 1, 2003 at 8:05 PM
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TUCSON, March 1 (UPI) -- Frank Lickliter II cooled off Saturday but still extended his lead at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

One day after a 9-under-par 63, Lickliter shot a 70 and will carry a four-stroke cushion into the final round at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa.

For the second straight day, Lickliter bogeyed his final hole. That left him at 16-under 200 with Brenden Pappas, Steve Flesch and Chad Campbell all at 204. Campbell shot a career-best 63.

"I'm very happy to break par today," said Lickliter, who has won one of two tournaments when taking a lead into the final round. "It's so easy to let your expectations get out of control. It's real easy to get a bad attitude."

In 2001, Lickliter had a two-shot lead after three rounds of the Kemper Open, where he defeated J.J. Henry by a stroke for the lone win of his eight-year PGA Tour career. A year earlier, he squandered a one-shot lead and tied for 10th at the Phoenix Open.

Andy Miller, the son of four-time champion Johnny Miller, was among three golfers five strokes back. Tom Byrum and Aaron Baddeley also had 54-hole totals of 11-under 205.

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