Saturday's Golf Capsules

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Bubba Watson made a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 2-under 70 and a share of third-round lead with Webb Simpson in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Simpson had five straight birdies in a 67 to match Watson, who has had at least a share of the lead after all three rounds, at 12-under 204 at TPC Louisiana.

John Rollins (69) was third at 11 under, and 2002 winner K.J. Choi (67) was 10 under along with Steve Stricker (68), George McNeill (65), Charles Howell III (66), Tommy Gainey (68) and Matt Jones (69).

Luke Donald, who missed an opportunity to jump from No. 3 to No. 1 in the world a week ago when he lost playoff to Brandt Snedeker at Hilton Head, was 7 under after a 70.

Avnet Classic

MOBILE, Ala. — Sixteen-year-old Alexis Thompson moved into position to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, shooting a 5-under 67 in breezy conditions for a share of the third-round lead with Song-Hee Kim in the Avnet LPGA Classic.

Kim had a 70 to match Thompson at 7-under 209 on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.

Thompson will be 16 years, 2 months, 21 days Sunday. Marlene Hagge was 18 years, 14 days when she won the 1952 Sarasota Open, which was an 18-hole event. Hagge won two 18-hole events at 18. Paula Creamer is the youngest winner of a multi-round event, winning the 2005 Sybase Classic at 18 years, 9 months, 17 days.

Amy Yang was a stroke back after a 72, and Maria Hjorth (67), Suzann Pettersen (71) and Karen Stupples (72) were 5 under.

Ballantine’s Championship

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Sweden’s Alexander Noren completed a 5-under 67 on Sunday (Saturday USA time) for a share of the lead after the suspended third round of the Ballantine’s Championship.

Wales’ Rhys Davies had a 68 and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 69 to match Noren at 10-under 206 on the Blackstone Resort course. Australia’s Brett Rumford was a stroke back after a 73.

Top-ranked Lee Westwood was 7 under after a 69.

The event is sanctioned by the European and Asians tours and the Korea PGA.

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