Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, April 17, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Rory McIlroy birdied his final hole to take a two-stroke lead Saturday in the weather-hit Malaysian Open, while Masters champion Charl Schwartzel barely made the cut for the third round.
Overcoming his collapse at the Masters, Northern Ireland’s McIlroy moved to 12-under par after nine holes of the third round. Only a dozen players completed their third round after rain and lightning disrupted hours of play at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club for the second straight day.
Schwartzel just made the cut Saturday with a 1-under 71 in the second round to finish at 144. The South African ended the day at 2 under through 11 holes of the third round. Top-ranked Martin Kaymer was at 9 under after 15 holes, moving up from 25th to sharing fifth place with Felipe Aguilar.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele birdied Nos. 17 and 18 for a 4-under 68, grabbing sole possession of the Texas Open lead after beginning the day tied with a whopping six other players for the top spot.
The 28-year-old Californian put his third shot within 15 feet on the par-5 18th, then sunk the putt for his sixth birdie — offsetting a pair of bogeys.
That late surge was enough for a one-stroke lead over another up-and-comer, second-year PGA Tour pro Cameron Tringale, who also had a 68.
Third-round winds were calmer but still blew to nearly 30 mph at times, after strong gusts Friday played a role in a second-round scoring average of 75.289, the highest on Tour since the first-round of the 2008 British Open. Strong winds are forecast once again during Sunday’s final round.
Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
LUTZ, Fla. (AP) — John Cook shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
Cook sits at 11 under, one ahead of Russ Cochran. The first-day leader shot a 3-under 68. Jay Don Blake is third, three strokes back.
Cook hit 13 of 14 fairways in regulation and birdied four of the back nine holes, including three straight from 12 to 14. He missed a chance at a birdie on 18 when his eight-foot putt came up inches short.