Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, August 7, 2011
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Adam Scott made four birdies over his last seven holes for a 4-under 66 on Saturday in the Bridgestone Invitational and a chance to win his first World Golf Championship.
Scott was at 12-under 198, the lowest 54-hole score at Firestone in 10 years, and held a one-shot lead over fellow Australian Jason Day and Ryo Ishikawa, the 19-year-old from Japan who is trying to become the youngest PGA Tour winner in 100 years.
Ishikawa, who already has 10 wins on the Japan Golf Tour, thrilled the crowd at Firestone with a 64 in the third round, including some great escapes from the trees.
Day, who had a 66, and Scott tied for second in the Masters this year.
Tiger Woods, in his first tournament in nearly three months, again putted poorly and shot 72. He was 13 strokes behind.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scott Piercy reeled off eight consecutive birdies to post a 28 on the front nine and eagled the 616-yard closing hole to break the course record with an 11-under 61.
Piercy, winless in three years on the PGA Tour, enters the final round of the Reno-Tahoe Open at 13-under 203, two ahead of Josh Teater and three ahead of a group that includes 1995 PGA champion Steve Elkington.
Elkington, who has 10 career victories but none since 1999, followed a 65 on Friday with a 68 to get to 10-under 206. He was tied for third with 2006 Reno champ Chris Riley, first-round leader Nick O’Hern, Pat Perez, John Merrick and Blake Adams. Two-time Reno winner Vaughn Taylor and 2007 champ Steve Flesch were at 9-under.
Piercy’s birdie barrage on the front at Montreux Golf & Country Club on the edge of the Sierra matched both the longest such streak and lowest nine holes in relation to par posted on tour this season.
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Peter Senior shot a bogey-free 67 and John Huston birdied No. 18 for a 68 that left them tied for the lead at 12 under after the second round of the 3M Championship.
Jay Haas, the co-leader after the opening round, shot a 69 and was one shot back.
Mark Calcavecchia (68), who finished second in last year’s event, and Minnesota native Tom Lehman (69) were two behind.
Tommy Armour III (67), Mark O’Meara (68), Kenny Perry (70), Nick Price (68) and Hal Sutton (69) trailed by four.
Play was delayed 1 hour, 56 minutes due to rain and lightning at TPC Twin Cities.