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Cink extends lead at Travelers

Stewart Cink got his first PGA Tour victory at TPC River Highlands in 1997 by shooting 13 under.

He figures he'll need to be at least 20 under Sunday to win the Travelers Championship on the same course in Cromwell, Conn.

”There's no guarantees the way the course is, but I think that would be a good target score,“ Cink said Saturday.

Cink birdied the final two holes to take a two-stroke lead into Sunday's final round. He followed his opening rounds of 66 and 64 with a 5-under 65 to reach 15-under 195 on the TPC River Highlands, the best 54-hole score of his career.

Heath Slocum (64) was second, and defending champion Hunter Mahan (67), Vijay Singh (64), Kenny Perry (65), Tommy Armour III (65) and Kevin Streelman (62) were 12 under.

On a day when 24 golfers shot 66 or better, 17 players ended up within five shots of the lead going into the final round. The average score of 68.2 was the best ever for a third round on the course.

”I think this will be fun for the fans out there (Sunday), for the guys playing, for the TV audience,“ Slocum said. ”I think it will be a shootout, and it seems like we haven't had a ton of those this year. It ought to be fun.“

With rain in the forecast Sunday afternoon, tournament officials decided to start the final round early, with threesomes going off holes one and 10 at 7:30 a.m. The leaders are scheduled to tee off at 9:30 a.m. and the officials expect the tournament to be over before 2 p.m.

”It makes the wake-up call a little bit earlier,“ Slocum said. ”But, I have a 6-month-old, so I'll be up.“

Women's Publinx: UCLA star Tiffany Joh won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links for the second time in three years, rallying to win four of the last six holes for a 2-and-1 victory over Southern California recruit Jennifer Song in Erin, Wis.

Joh, from San Diego, the 2006 winner at Walking Stick in Pueblo, Colo., is the fifth two-time winner in the 32-year history of the USGA event.

”I think I just kind of stumbled into it,“ Joh said of her 2006 victory. ”I think winning it this time around, when I really wanted it, is just that much more meaningful. ... I had to work harder for it.“

LPGA: Suzann Pettersen shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to open a three-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel and South Koreans Eun-Hee Ji and Inbee Park after the third round of the Wegmans LPGA in Rochester, N.Y.

Pettersen is winless this season, but has finishes of second, third and ninth in 10 events and is ninth on the money list.

Champions: Loren Roberts shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead in the Bank of America Championship in Concord, Mass.

Roberts birdied the 18th to move to 10 under, one stroke ahead of Mark McNulty (70), Jeff Sluman (67) and first-round leader Tom Kite (72).

PGA European: Martin Kaymer moved a step closer to becoming the first German winner in the BMW International Open, shooting a 5-under 67 to take a six-stroke lead into the final round in Munich, Germany.

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