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Sluman finds his way into lead in Milwaukee

Jeff Sluman was amazed he was atop the leaderboard after an erratic round in the Greater Milwaukee Open on Saturday.

"Well, my score indicates that I played very well. I guess I did, I just didn't drive the ball very well," Sluman said after firing 7-under 64 despite hitting five of 13 fairways.

"I didn't know if I hit that many. It was a rally at the end."

At 14-under 199, Sluman hardly could believe he was the 54-hole leader, one stroke ahead of Harrison Frazar, Shigeki Maruyama and second-round leader Kenny Perry.

"After I'm done talking to you, I'm going to go to the range and try to figure it out," Sluman said. "A little experience and a little knowledge of the golf course kept me from making any major mistakes out there."

Sluman, who had seven birdies and no bogeys, began the day six strokes behind Perry, who took a three-stroke lead into the weekend and said he wanted to run away with the GMO the way Loren Roberts did last year.

But Perry failed to follow up his 63 on Friday with anything close to another dominating round. On a windless, dry day made for low scores, Perry shot even-par 71 on the short 6,759-yard course to remain at 13 under.

"The weakness of a player will always show," Perry said.

For Perry, that's putting.

"That's always been my Achilles' heel," he said. "It was funny. The hole looked like a bushel basket yesterday and today it looked like a thimble."

Perry, who had one bogey on the front nine and one birdie on the back nine, tried to look on the bright side.

"If this was my bad round, that's good," he said. "I'm only one behind."

Frazar, seeking his first victory in his 100th PGA Tour event, shot 62, one off the course record held by Steve Lowery. It matched his career low from the second round of the 1999 Las Vegas Invitational.

Frazar birdied six times on the front nine for a 29, matching the low nine-hole score on the tour this year. Steve Stricker did it on the front nine Friday.

"Today I hit a few shots close. I made some long putts. I hit the par-5s in two. It was kind of an easy 62 if there's any such thing," Frazar said. "Really the only time I had a question if I was going to make a bogey was on the par-3 14th.

"I hit it in the bunker and blasted it to about eight feet and made that for par, and that was the only time I ever came close to a bogey."

MICHELOB LIGHT CLASSIC: Emilee Klein, seeking her first victory since 1996, shot 72 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round in Eureka, Mo.

Klein, who began the round with a three-stroke advantage, had an 8-under 136 total on the Fox Run course.

Sherri Turner was second after a 70. She birdied No. 12 to tie Klein, but had a double bogey on No. 15.

SCOTTISH OPEN: U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen shot a 5-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round in Loch Lomond.

U.S. AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS: Arizona State's Chez Reavie beat Walker Cup veteran Danny Green in 38 holes to win in San Antonio.

LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES HEWLETT-PACKARD CLASSIC: Bloomingdale grad Beth Bauer shot 2-under 69 and is tied for fifth place, six behind in the Futures Tour event. Sue Ertl of Bradenton is eight back.

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