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Golfer Haas Lead Bob Hope Desert Classic

American golfer Jay Haas has the lead at the Bob Hope Desert Classic heading into the final round Sunday, after firing a nine-under-par 63 on Saturday.

Haas' round started with an eagle when his iron shot from 140 meters away landed in the cup.

The 48-year-old Haas, who won the event 14 years ago, has a four-round total of 26-under (262) in the five-round event at La Quinta, California. Haas has nine career victories, but none since 1993. He is just two years away from qualifying for the seniors tour.

Sixteen players are within five shots of Haas, including Americans Cameron Beckman and Kenny Perry, just one shot off the lead. Perry made his move with a 62 on Saturday.

Another shot back are Americans Kirk Triplett, Brandel Chamblee and David Berganio, along with Deane Pappas of South Africa.

Meanwhile, Tom Kite has a five-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round of the season-opening event of the Seniors tour. Kite fired a three-under-par 69 on Saturday on Hawaii's big island to go with a Hualalai course record 63 on Friday.

His 12-under (132) total for two rounds is well in front of a trio of golfers in second place, John Jacobs, Walter Hall and Bob Gilder. Brothers Lanny and Bobby Wadkins are tied for fifth place another shot back, six strokes off the lead.