THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1997 D7 T PRO GOLF McCarron charges into lead in BellSouth Classic Pulled hamstring may have been blessing in disguise for McCarron By The Associated Press DULUTH, Ga. — Scott McCarron took the slow approach in the third round of the BellSouth Classic on Saturday. He really had no choice. McCarron, who used a 6-under-par 66 to surge into a share of the lead with David Duval, said he pulled his left hamstring during the rain delay in Friday's second round when he got in a footrace with fellow golfer Dicky Pride. He said his threesome was jogging down the fairway to mark their ball when Pride asked him . if he wanted to race. "I said sure," McCarron said. "We're pretty competitive out here." He said about 60 yards into the race he heard something pop. "I told Dicky if I actually play well, I'm going to dedicate this tournament to him because I think it's keeping my swing slower," McCarron said. "I'm not able to go after it as hard as 1 I normally do and I've got to ' walk a little bit slower, too. You don't get that pulled hamstring much in golf." Duval, who shot a 73, and McCarron had 11-under-par 205 totals on the hilly, 7,259-yard TPC Sugarloaf Country Club course. Duval had carried a one-shot lead to the par-5 finishing hole where he took a bogey after catching water guarding the green. "I felt like I played quite The Associated Press David Duval hits out the sand on the fifth hole Saturday during third-round action at the PGA BellSouth Classic at Duluth, Ga. well," Duval said. "I pulled my layup shot (on 18) and it trickled down the bank into the water. I'm not going to let a bogey on the last hole bother me. I drove it well, I hit some good irons, I putted well. I don't think they're any reason to get down on it." Challengers rose and fell throughout the windy afternoon, with McCarron, winner of last year's Freeport-McDermott Classic, making the biggest move in a round that included seven birdies and one bogey. Seniors: Weaver leads by 2 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — DeWitt Weaver birdied the last four holes Saturday in a 6-under-par 66 that gave him a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the Home Depot Invitational. Don January matched Weaver's effort and was four strokes off the lead after posting a score that bettered his age. "I love it," said January, who is six months shy of his 68th birthday and who has now shot his age or better at least once in each of the last three years on the Senior PGA Tour. "It's nice to shoot it, but I try not to think about it because it gets too important." Weaver used brilliant iron play to birdie the final four holes at the TPC at Piper Glen from 3 feet, 13 feet, 5 feet and 18 inches. His 10-under 134 total put him three shots ahead of Walter Morgan and John D. Morgan. LPGA: Robblns In front NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kelly Robbins made six birdies in her final 11 holes Saturday in a 6-under-par 66 that gave her a one- stroke lead after two rounds of the $675,000 Sara Lee Classic. Robbins, looking for her second victory this year on the LP- GA tour, started with seven straight pars and didn't have a bogey in the round despite having trouble hitting the greens. Cindy Figg-Currier, a 37-year- old Texan who's never won, shot a 66 and was tied at 137 with Terry-Jo Myers who had a 67. Kim Saiki, who had a 69, and Michelle McGann, who shot a 70, were among four tied at 139. Robbins took the lead despite having to scramble to save par early. PGA Tour reaches new network TV deal By The Associated Press 1 NEW YORK — The PGA Tour has reached a four-year TV deal, and sources told The Associated Press it will move a regular tour event to prime time for the first time ever. A spokesman for the PGA acknowledged Saturday that agreements beginning in the 1999 sea. son have been reached. "We have an agreement," Tour , Vice President of Communications John Morris said. "We will give the details tomorrow. We .need to communicate with tournament organizers before we make the agreement public." Sources, however, told the AP that CBS, ABC, and NBC will have the same number of tournaments under the new agreement that they have this year, though some events will shift between networks. The Players Championship, the event with the strongest field of the year, will remain in March and on NBC. One proposal during the talks had The Players Championship moving to May, which would have cost NBC the plum event because of its commitment to the NBA playoffs. The 1999 season will start with two events in Hawaii, sources said. And, those events will be broadcast on a cable network in prime time. 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