Stadler up by two heading into final round

Updated: August 31, 2002, 9:59 PM ET
Associated Press

EDWARDS, Colo. -- Kevin Stadler, son of 12-time PGA Tour winner Craig Stadler, held a two-shot lead over Scott Petersen Saturday after the third round of the $125,000 Colorado Open at the Sonnenalp Golf Club.

Stadler shot a 1-under 70 Saturday for a 54-hole total of 203. Peterson started the day five strokes back but shot a 4-under 67 to narrow the lead.

''It's not much,'' said Stadler, whose father is his caddy. ''But I won't do anything differently. I'll just go play golf and try to make some putts.''

He had birdies on four of his first eight holes Saturday but didn't make another over the final 10.

''It was pretty ugly today,'' said Stadler, 22, a former University of California star playing as a professional for the first time. ''I didn't hit the ball as well as I did the first two rounds, but I still missed three or four putts that I could have made.''

Peterson, who won the 2000 Colorado Open at the flat-land Saddle Rock Golf Course in Aurora, might have gotten the break of the tournament when his drive on the 611-yard par-5 first hole hit a paved road out-of-bounds to the left, and bounced back into play. Peterson turned it into a birdie.

''Maybe that was the break I needed,'' said Petersen. ''I went from making a seven to making a four. It was my early round road show.''

Petersen, 32, started the day five back.

New Mexico professional Brian Kortan is third at 207 after his third consecutive round of 69.

''I haven't made a lot of putts all week,'' Kortan said. ''And if I hope to make a run at it tomorrow, I'll have to start making some. But you don't want to shoot yourself in the foot by doing something stupid either.''

The back nine became dangerous Saturday when the wind picked up and swirled through the canyons of the final nine holes.

''You would throw up grass and the wind would be blowing one way and then you would throw some more up and it would change,'' Petersen said.

In the race for low amateur honors, Jon Lindstrom of Denver held a one-shot lead over Arvada's Michael Glaesel.

Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press