Saturday's Golf Capusles
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Rose leads BMW by four
LEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Justin Rose kept it simple even as Cog Hill got a little harder, making only one bogey in his 2-under 69 that gave him a four-shot lead going into the final round of the BMW Championship.
Rose played a tidy round in mild sunshine and a swirling breeze. And while he failed to birdie any of the par 5s, he didn’t make any of the big mistakes that hurt the other two players in the final group.
Mark Wilson, who started the day tied for the lead, played a five-hole stretch in 5 over on the back nine and shot 77. He played the last hour unsure if he would get a two-shot penalty for grounding his club in the bunker at No. 14, although he was cleared because his club was placed in the sand to keep his balance as he replaced his ball.
Webb Simpson was in contention until going from a bunker into the hazard and making double bogey on No. 17. He shot 73 and was six shots out of the lead.
Rose, who is at No. 34 in the FedEx Cup, should have no trouble getting into the top 30 who advance to the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta. He was at 13-under 200.
Thompson closes in on first LPGA Tour win
PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Teenager Lexi Thompson shot a 5-under 67 in the Navistar LPGA Classic on Saturday and is in position to become the youngest player to win an LPGA tournament.
Thompson, who turned 16 in February, is at 15-under 201 and has a five-stroke lead heading into the final round at the Robert Trent Jones Trail’s Capitol Hill complex. Paula Creamer set the age record for a multiple-round tournament when she won in 2005 when she was 18.
South Korea’s Meena Lee is second, and Tiffany Joh, Karen Stupples and Becky Morgan are tied for third at 8-under 208.
Thompson had four consecutive birdies on Nos. 6-9 and recorded six overall. She bogeyed the par-4 18th.
Thompson was a 14-year-old amateur when she was tied for the 2009 Navistar LPGA lead after two rounds before finishing 27th. She tied for 16th last year.
Joh made the biggest move with a 65 in the third round. She birdied her final two holes.
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