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Guthrie, Thompson survive the elements

The Associated PressMarch 2, 2013 

Honda Classic Golf

Michael Thompson hits onto the 17th green from a sand trap during the third round of the Honda Classic on Saturday. Thompson is tied for the lead.

J PAT CARTER — the associated press

— PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson survived a tough day and shared the lead going into the final round of the Honda Classic.

Guthrie had a 1-over 71, which was no disgrace on a windy, cool Saturday at PGA National in which none of the final 20 players to tee off broke par. Thompson had a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th hole for a 70 to join Guthrie at 8-under 202.

Lee Westwood and Geoff Ogilvy both rallied for a 70 and were two shots behind.

Tiger Woods was 3 under through eight holes but had to settle for a 70 after he couldn’t find a plugged ball in the bank, and made double bogey on the 17th. He was eight shots behind.

Fichardt fires 64

At Centurion, South Africa, Darren Fichardt stormed into a four-way share of the lead with an 8-under-par 64 in the third round of the Tshwane Open.

Almost two hours of play were lost in mid-afternoon when a thunderstorm forced players from the Els Club course at the Copperleaf Golf Estate. When play resumed, Fichardt birdied his closing three holes in a round that was one shot shy of the course record.

Fichardt, who lives 10 minutes from the course, moved to a 16-under total with Chilean Mark Tullo (67) and fellow South Africans Charl Coetzee (68) and Dawie Van Der Walt (67).

Lewis shares lead

At Singapore, Stacy Lewis shares the lead at the HSBC Women’s Champions with Na Yeon Choi after the South Korean birdied the 18th hole in a rain-delayed third round.

Choi shot a 5-under 67 to go level with the 28-year-old American on 14-under 202. Overnight leader Lewis, the reigning LPGA Player of the Year, had a 69.

Paula Creamer, who injured her shoulder in a car accident after a tournament in Thailand last weekend, shot 69 to move into third place at 12-under 204.

Lewis and Choi were in the last group on the course and had just teed off on the 18th hole when a thunderstorm rolled in, causing play to be suspended for nearly 21/2 hours.

Cantlay out front

At Bogota, Colombia, a third-round 6-under 65 pushed Patrick Cantlay atop the Web.com Tour’s Colombia Championship leader board as he chases his first victory.

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