Saturday's Golf Capusles
Sunday, July 31, 2011
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Unflappable Olin Browne fought off the heat to shoot a 65 and forge a two-shot lead over Mark O’Meara through Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Senior Open.
Browne, never a winner in his three years of competition since turning 50, set the tournament record for lowest score through 54 holes. After a record-tying 64 followed by a 69, he’s at 15-under 198.
O’Meara, winner of the 1998 Masters and British Open, had a 66 in a head-to-head duel. Playing in the same pairing, he pulled even with Browne with a birdie at the ninth hole but Browne had five birdies on the tough back nine.
Six shots off the pace at 9-under 204 are Jeff Sluman, Peter Senior, Joey Sindelar and Mark Calcavecchia.
Women’s British Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Caroline Masson of Germany shot a 4-under 68 to double her lead to two strokes after the third round..
The 22-year-old Masson made three birdies in the front nine and three on the back to hold off a late charge from Yani Tseng. The top-ranked Taiwenese player closed within a shot at one point after picking up five strokes in as many holes, including an eagle.
Masson has totaled 15-under 201.
Catriona Matthew of Scotland leads the home challenge, but she is six shots off the pace after hitting a 68. Inbee Park of South Korea is also at 207 for a share of third place.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Anthony Kim shot an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round.
Kim is at 10-under 200 on the Old White TPC course. Tour rookie Scott Stallings shot 66 to move into second place at 9 under. Gary Woodland (67) and Webb Simpson (69) are two shots back.
Simpson was the second round co-leader with Brendon de Jonge. De Jonge shot 72 to fall five strokes behind.
Kim’s best round of the year left him with a chance to earn a spot in next week’s Bridgestone Invitational with a win. His last win came a year ago at the Shell Houston Open before he underwent thumb surgery and took three months off.
KILLARNEY, Ireland (AP) — David Howell, Richard Green and Simon Dyson are in a three-way tie after three rounds.
Homegrown stars Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell fell out of contention with 72s on a wet, windy day.
England veteran Howell shot a 7-under 64 for the best score of the day. England’s Dyson and Australia’s Green both shot 67 as many in the pared-down field struggled with blustery, damp conditions.
Stephen Gallacher of Scotland also shot a 68 and was two shots behind the leaders.
McIlroy had a terrible start, double-bogeying the first and eighth holes. He also bogeyed the par-3 third as his wind-blown tee shot sailed left into a stream. He’s eight shots behind the leaders.
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