SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - As improbable as it sounds, Greg Norman is the leader after three rounds of the British Open. The 53-year-old Australian managed to shoot a 2-over-par 72 on an extremely windy day at Royal Birkdale. At 2-over for the tournament, the Shark holds a two-stroke lead over defending champion Padraig (PAH'-drig) Harrington of Ireland, who also carded a 72, and second-round leader K.J. Choi of South Korea, who signed for a 75.
Englishman Simon Wakefield matched par 70 and is 5-over after 54 holes. He'll play with Choi tomorrow in the second-to-last group behind Norman and Harrington. Americans Ben Curtis and Anthony Kim are in a group of golfers tied for fifth place at plus-7. Curtis won the Claret Jug in 2003. Norman, who married former tennis star Chris Evert three weeks ago, is trying to become by far the oldest winner of a major championship.