Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, February 27, 2011
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Martin Kaymer is the new No. 1 in golf, this time without much debate.
Kaymer reached the Match Play Championship final on Saturday to assure he will be No. 1 in the next world ranking. The 26-year-old German becomes the second-youngest player at No. 1 since the ranking began in 1986. Tiger Woods was 21 when he became No. 1 in 1997.
It ends the 17-week reign of Lee Westwood, who had only three victories on his world ranking ledger when he became No. 1.
Kaymer has won seven times in the last two years, including his first major at the PGA Championship in August, when he beat Bubba Watson in a three-hole playoff.
Watson was his victim again Saturday at Dove Mountain, where Kaymer beat him in 18 holes. The “Germanator” will face Luke Donald of England in the 18-hole final Sunday.
Mayakoba Golf Classic
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Johnson Wagner shot a 6-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Chris Stroud after the third round in Mexico.
Wagner, the 2008 Houston Open winner, had a 13-under 200 total on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course on the Caribbean coast. Stroud, the second-round leader after making eight straight birdies in a 63, shot a 70.
Bobby Gates (64), Spencer Levin (67) and Jarrod Lyle (67) were 11 under.
HSBC Women’s Champions
SINGAPORE (AP) — Japan’s Chie Arimura shot a 1-under 71 to maintain a one-stroke lead over Australia’s Karrie Webb after the third round in Singapore.
The 23-year-old Arimura was steady on the third day of the event, shooting two birdies and one bogey for an 11-under 205 through three rounds.
Webb shot 70 to cut Arimura’s lead by one stroke.
Yani Tseng of Taiwan shot 69, but was still six strokes back at 5-under 211.