Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, October 16, 2011
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Michael Thompson shot a 3-under 67 on Sunday to take a one-stroke lead over Billy Horschel in the McGladrey Classic, while Webb Simpson was two strokes back in his bid to win the PGA Tour money title.
Thompson was 13 under on Sea Island’s Seaside Course. Horschel followed his opening 64s with a 70.
Simpson shot a 69 to match Trevor Immelman (62) at 11 under. Simpson and top-ranked Luke Donald are vying for the money title and both will play next week in the season finale at Disney. Simpson trails Donald by $68,971, but could move into the top spot with a strong round Sunday.
Simpson also is looking for a tour-leading third win this year, which could make him the favorite for PGA Tour player of the year.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Fred Couples birdied six of the first seven holes and finished with a course-record 10-under 62 to take a seven-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship.
Couples had 12 birdies — six in a back-nine 30 — and a double bogey to reach 17 under at TPC San Antonio’s Canyons Course, the first-year venue after nine years at Oak Hills.
On the par-3 fourth, Couples pushed his tee shot and dumped a chip into a bunker en route to the double bogey. He won the Senior Players Championship on Aug. 21 at Westchester for his first senior major title.
Mark Calcavecchia was second after a bogey-free 66. He made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
The seven-stroke lead is the largest 36-hole margin on the 50-and-over tour since 1998 when Isao Aoki, Hale Irwin and Larry Nelson led events by eight shots.
Couples broke the tournament record of 130 set by Mark McNulty in his 2004 victory, and the 62 tied the event record set by Gil Morgan in 2004 and matched by John Harris in 2005.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi took a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lang in the LPGA Malaysia, finishing off a 4-under 67 in fading light after a long rain delay.
Choi birdied the par-3 15th and par-4 16th and closed with two pars to reach 12 under at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Lang, tied for the second-round lead with fellow American Stacy Lewis, birdied four of the last six holes — the last on the par-4 18th at dusk — for a 69.
Choi is winless in 17 starts this season after winning twice in each of the last two years. She was second last week behind top-ranked Yani Tseng in South Korea and has five top-10 finishes in her last six events.
Lang, a former Duke star, is winless in six seasons on the tour.
Spain’s Azahara Munuz was 10 under after a 68. Tseng, a six-time LPGA Tour winner this season, had a 69 to match Lewis (72) and Se Ri Pak (65) at 8 under.
VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) — Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Portugal Masters.
Cabrera-Bello had two eagles and five birdies, leaving him at 18-under 198 at Oceanico Victoria. Sweden’s Christian Nilsson (66) and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar (67) were tied for second.