Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, November 13, 2011
SYDNEY (AP) — In the lead for the first time all year, Tiger Woods got the same result as his last time atop the leaderboard. He couldn’t break par.
Woods bogeyed his first three holes Saturday in the Australian Open, and it didn’t get much better from there. He managed only two birdies on a good day for scoring, shot 3-over 75 and went from a one-shot lead to six shots behind John Senden.
It was only the third time since Woods’ last win two years ago that he had at least a share of the lead after a round. And it was the third time he was over par.
This round made him a long shot to end the longest drought of his career. Only once has he won a tournament when trailing by six shots or more going into the final round, and that was nearly 14 years ago in Thailand.
Senden, who won the Australian Open five years ago at Royal Sydney, birdied his last two holes to finish off a 9-under 63, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Day going into Sunday at The Lakes.
Day celebrated his 24th birthday with a 68, giving him a shot at winning in his first trip home to Australia in nearly five years.
Greg Chalmers had a 67 and was two shots behind, followed by Nick O’Hern (66) and Nick Watney (68), one of eight Americans who came to the Australian Open to get ready for the Presidents Cup next week at Royal Melbourne.
LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Catriona Matthew shot her second straight 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after the third round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Matthew, the 42-year-old Scot who won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2009, had an 11-under 205 total at Guadalajara Country Club. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (71) was second, and defending champion I.K. Kim (70) was another stroke back along with Anna Nordqvist (73).
Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, tied for the lead after the first two rounds in the 36-player event, was 5 under after a 75. The 51-year-old Inkster is trying to become the oldest winner in LPGA Tour history.
Michelle Wie, the 2009 winner, was tied for 12th at 1 under after a 71.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng was 26th at 3 over after a 74.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano completed a 10-under 61 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the rain-delayed Singapore Open.
Play was suspended because of the threat of lightning just as the third round began at about noon. The rain continued throughout the afternoon, wiping out play and forcing officials to shorten the tournament to three rounds. The event is sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Fernandez-Castano had nine birdies and an eagle to reach 15 under.
England’s James Morrison and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari were 12 under after 68s.
Phil Mickelson was 4 under after a 67.