Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, March 27, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Martin Laird’s fortunes rose and fell Saturday at Bay Hill. The only thing that never changed was his name atop the leaderboard in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Laird finally regained control with a two-shot swing on the par-5 16th and finished with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot lead over Spencer Levin going into the final round with high stakes.
Six players were separated by five shots, a group that does not include Tiger Woods. He traded an eagle and birdies with bogeys and a double bogey on his back nine that sent him to a 74, leaving him 10 shots behind.
Laird ran off three straight birdies early in the round to build a four-shot lead. Four holes later, Levin pulled within one shot and they were tied for the lead with three holes to play.
That’s when it turned in the Scot’s favor.
Laird got up-and-down for birdie from just right of the green on the 16th, while Levin was in trouble from the start. He drove into the trees, chipped out into a bunker and then pulled his third shot into the water. He had to make a 6-foot putt to escape with bogey on the easiest hole at Bay Hill. Levin wound up with a 71.
Laird was at 11-under 205 as he goes after his second career PGA Tour victory. Levin has never won, and even more is on the line Sunday. A victory would send him to Augusta National for the first time.
INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) — Second-ranked Jiyai Shin shot a 3-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over Sandra Gal after the third round of the Kia Classic.
Shin, the South Korean star who has eight LPGA Tour victories, had a 15-under 204 total on the Industry Hills Golf Club course at Pacific Palms. Gal, from Germany, also shot a 70.
South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi was third after a 65, the best score of the round.
Michelle Wie shot a 71, leaving in tie for eighth at 5 under. Returning to the tour after finishing finals at Stanford, Wie had five birdies and three bogeys in the round.
MALAGA, Spain (AP) — England’s Kenneth Ferrie shot a 10-under 60 to match the European Tour record and move within a stroke of leader Paul Lawrie in the Andalucia Open.
Ferrie had eight birdies and an eagle. Lawrie, from Scotland, had a 65 to reach 12 under. England’s Mark Foster also had a 65 to match Ferrie at 11 under.
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