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Calcavecchia stays in front of pack in the Canadian Open


Mark Calcavecchia held onto the Canadian Open lead on Saturday on a day when Craig Barlow's hole-in-one and Stephen Ames' course record-tying 64 led a stampede up the leaderboard.

Calcavecchia, the 1989 British Open champion, started the day with a five-shot lead, and saw it shrink to one after a rocky round of 72. The portly American pro found too much rough and missed too many short putts, and now he has plenty of company as 12 players are within five shots of the lead.

Calcavecchia, who shot 65-67 in the first two rounds, didn't have a birdie on Saturday and made consecutive bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10. He scrambled his way to eight pars on the back side, and had to get up and down from 60 yards on 18 for par to stay ahead of the pack.

He also saved an improbable par on the par-4 13th after hitting his tee shot so far left into the trees that he had to chip out to the adjoining 14th fairway. He hit his third shot about 20 feet from the pin and made the putt.

"After missing so many, I had a feeling I was going to make it," Calcavecchia said. "That's one of my better pars of the year."

Calcavecchia, who is seeking his first tour win in four years, is at 6-under 204. Barlow, who shot 65, and Jesper Parnevik (67) are one shot back at 205. Ryan Moore (67), the 2004 US Amateur champion, is two shots back.

Ames is in a group of four at 3-under that also includes defending champion Vijay Singh (68), Jerry Kelly (69) and Brian Davis (66).

Barlow, who was even par through 13 holes, went 5-under over the final five holes. He drove the 289-yard par-4 14th, then made the eagle putt from just inside six feet. He followed with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 15th.

Momentum swung fast and furious in the Solheim Cup, stopping only when Paula Creamer holed a 5-foot par putt to win for the second time on Saturday and leave the US and Europe where they started -- all square.

With the matches tied at 8-8, there are 12 singles left today to decide who wins.

The 19-year-old Creamer and five women old enough to be her mother led an American rally at Crooked Stick, none more spectacular than 45-year-old Rosie Jones. Playing in her final Solheim Cup, Jones made a 30-foot birdie putt up the ridge on the 18th for an unlikely halve.

Annika Sorenstam recovered from a meltdown by teaming with Laura Davies for the first time and picking up an easy point.

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