Saturday's Golf Capsules

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — Briny Baird drove the 17th green and made a 15-foot eagle putt for a 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead Saturday at the Open and give him a chance to finally win a PGA Tour event.

Baird has gone 347 tournaments over 12 years on tour without hoisting a trophy. But he has been around long enough to know that anything that happen in the final round, especially with Ernie Els and Paul Casey in the last group with him at CordeValle.

Els failed to make up any ground on the easier back nine and had a 67. Casey saved par from a hazard on the final hole to salvage a 68.

Tiger Woods, in his first event in nearly two months, shot a 68 and was nine shots behind.

LPGA Hana Bank Championship

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Soo-Jin Yang matched the course record with a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng and two-time defending champion Na Yeon Choi in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship.

The 20-year-old Yang had a 10-under 134 total on Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course.

Choi shot a 68, and Tseng had a 70. Tseng leads the tour with five victories, including major wins in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open, and also has won three other events this year.

Michelle Wie was 2 over after a 74.

Insperity Championship

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Brad Faxon moved into position for his first Champions Tour title, shooting a 7-under 65 in windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead in the Insperity Championship.

Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour who turned 50 on Aug. 1, had a bogey-free round to reach 10-under 134 at The Woodlands Country Club. Tommy Armour III, celebrating his 52nd birthday, was second after a 67. He also is winless on the 50-and-over tour.

Eduardo Romero (68) was two strokes back. Jay Haas (68), Olin Browne (68) and Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman (70) were 7 under, and defending champion Fred Couples was 4 under after a 72.

Korea Open

CHEONAN, South Korea (AP) — Rickie Fowler put himself in good position for his first professional victory, shooting an 8-under 63 to take a four-stroke lead in the OneAsia Tour’s Korea Open.

Fowler, the 2010 PGA Tour rookie of the year, had a 13-under 200 total at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

South Korea’s Y.E. Yang was second after a 67. U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy had a 73 to drop 10 strokes back. He had four bogeys and a double bogey.

Madrid Masters

MADRID (AP) — England’s Lee Slattery extended his Madrid Masters lead to two strokes, shooting a 3-under 69 in the third round to reach 14-under 202 at El Encin Golf Hotel.

Australia’s Brett Rumford (68) and Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli (69) were second. Top-ranked Luke Donald, the winner last year at Real Sociedad Hipica Espanola Club de Campo, was six strokes back after a 70.


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