Saturday's Golf Capsules
Originally published December 4, 2011 at midnight, updated December 4, 2011 at 1:07 a.m.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Zach Johnson needed something special to track down Tiger Woods in the Chevron World Challenge. Holing a 7-iron from the 18th fairway for eagle did the trick Saturday.
Johnson’s shot from 163 yards landed near the cup and spun into the hole, giving him a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead over Woods going into the final round at Sherwood Country Club.
It was the second eagle on the back nine for Johnson, who also chipped in on the par-5 11th.
Woods had the 36-hole lead for the second straight tournament, and for the second straight time failed to break par in the third round. He had three bogeys on the par 5s and had to settle for a 73.
K.J. Choi, who took a double bogey on the second hole, recovered for a 72 and was three shots behind. Everyone else was at least five shots behind, including Matt Kuchar, who played with Woods and had a 74.
NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE
SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Defending champion Lee Westwood shot a bogey-free 10-under 62 to take a seven-stroke lead after the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
The third-ranked English star had a 16-under 200 total at Gary Player Country Club.
Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (70) and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson (69) were tied for second.
Top-ranked Luke Donald was eighth in the 12-man field at 5 under after a 70.
HONG KONG OPEN
HONG KONG (AP) — Spain’s Alvaro Quiros shot a 3-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead in the Hong Kong Open, while U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy had a 70 to drop three strokes behind.
Quiros had a 10-under 200 total on the Hong Kong Golf Club’s Fanling Course.
Sweden’s Peter Hanson was second after a 65. South Korea’s Y.E. Yang (65) and Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul (67) were 8 under.
PGA TOUR QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Will Claxton shot a 2-under 70 on PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course to take a two-stroke lead after the fourth round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Claxton had a 15-under 273 total. He opened with a 64 on the Nicklaus course.
The top 25 in the six-round event will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards.
Marco Dawson was second after a 67 on the Nicklaus course.
Harris English and Seung-yul Noh were tied for third at 11 under. English shot a 70, and Noh had a 72 — both on the Nicklaus course. David Duval was tied for 89th after a 73, also on the Nicklaus course.
LPGA FINAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Christine Song shot an even-par 72 on LPGA International’s Legends Course to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
The 20-year-old Song, from Fullerton, Calif., had a 10-under 278 total.
The top 40 and ties will receive LPGA Tour membership, with the top 20 earning full status.
Junthima Gulyanamitta, the 23-year-old former Purdue player from Thailand, was second after a 68 on the Champions Course. Her sister, former LPGA Tour member Russy Gulyanamitta, is caddying for her.
NEW ZEALAND OPEN
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Brad Kennedy won the New Zealand Open on Sunday, holing a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Australian compatriot Craig Parry to complete a wire-to-wire victory.
Kennedy closed with a 2-over 74 to match Parry at 7-under 281 at Clearwater Golf Club. Parry took a two-stroke lead to the final hole, but drove into the water and finished with a double bogey for a 69.
New Zealand’s Josh Geary was 7 under going to the final hole, but dropped a stroke for a 72 to finish a shot out of the playoff.