Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, April 22, 2012
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Japan's Ai Miyazato won the LPGA LOTTE Championship on Saturday for her eighth career LPGA Tour title, birdieing three of the last six holes for a 2-under 70 and a four-stroke victory.
Miyazato finished at 12-under 276 at wind-swept Ko Olina. She opened with rounds of 71, 65 and 70 to take a three-stroke lead in the final round.
Meena Lee, ahead early on the back nine and tied for the lead after a birdie on No. 15, had a 70 to tie for second with Azahara Munoz at 8 under. Munoz finished with a 70.
The 26-year-old Miyazato made a 30-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 15th to break a tie with Lee. Lee, down one playing 18, then hit her approach into a bunker and three-putted from 30 feet for double bogey.
Miyazato lost the lead with a bogey on the par-3 12th after her tee shot buried in a bunker, the second straight day she carded a 4 on the hole. But Lee dropped back moments later with a three-putt bogey at 14.
After Miyazato's birdie at 15, she saved par from 8 feet at 16, then rolled in another birdie putt from 25 feet at 17 to wrap up her first victory since the Evian Masters last year in France.
Miyazato won after finishing second behind top-ranked Yani Tseng this year in Thailand and Phoenix. Tseng, a three-time winner this year, overcame an ankle injury early in the final round to shoot a 74 and tie for 10th at 4 under.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Ben Curtis remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory since 2006 despite his first stumbles at the Texas Open, shooting a 1-over 73 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.
Curtis, who climbed atop the leaderboard with two bogey-free rounds, had a 9-under 207 total on TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course.
Matt Every was second after a 73 in a bid for his first PGA Tour victory. Mayakoba winner John Huh (67), Seung-Yui Noh (68) and Charlie Wi (71) followed at 4 under.
Curtis preserved his lead despite two double bogeys, including one on No. 8 that had the 2003 British Open champion hitting from a neighboring fairway. He rallied with four birdies to hold off the pack.
LEGENDS OF GOLF
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — David Frost and Michael Allen birdied nine of the first 13 holes and combined for a 9-under 63 for a share of the second-round lead with Tom Purtzer and Brad Bryant in the Legends of Golf.
Bryant and Allen had a 65 to match Frost and Allen at 19 under at The Club at Savannah Harbor.
Gil Morgan and Tom Kite (61), Bobby Clampett and Andy North (62), Jay Haas and Fred Couples (63), and Jeff Sluman and Brad Faxon (64) were a stroke back.
Allen won at TPC Tampa Bay last week for his second Champions Tour title.
TIANJIN, China (AP) — South Africa's Branden Grace shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-shot lead over defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium after the third round of the China Open.
The 23-year-old Grace, the winner of consecutive European Tour events in South Africa in January, had an 18-under 198 total at Binhai Lake. Colsearts, the winner last year at Luxehills, shot a 66.
The event is sanctioned by the European Tour, OneAsia Tour and China Golf Association.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Defending champion Lee Westwood birdied two of the first four holes to open a four-stroke lead at 13 under in the Indonesian Masters before lightning and rain halted the third round.
Myanmar's Zaw Moe was second at 9 under, also through four holes at Royale Jakarta Golf Club when play in the Asian Tour event was suspended.
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