Herron grabs a four-shot lead

LA QUINTA (California): Tim Herron fired eight birdies in a 12-hole span to seize a four-stroke lead after the fourth round of the 90-hole, four-course PGA Bob Hope Classic here Saturday. 

The American, who could win two weeks shy of his 33rd birthday, began the round sharing the lead with Trinidad's Stephen Ames but followed a career-best 61 on Friday at PGA West with a 65 Saturday at Indian Wells Country Club. 

That left “Lumpy”, so nicknamed for his less-than-statuesque physique, at 29-under par 259 after 72 holes, matching the four-round record set by Joe Durant on his way to the 2001 title. 

American Jay Haas and Canadian southpaw Mike Weir sharing second and Americans David Gossett and Chris DiMarco fourth at 265. Ames struggled to a one-over par 71 to join Chad Campebll sharing sixth on 266. 

Perfect conditions have helped scores plunge, with some aid from the latest technology in clubs and balls. – Reuters  

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