Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, August 26, 2012
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The greens were so fast that Sergio Garcia didn't know when the ball was going to stop. He was happy to see the day end with a 2-under 69, giving him a two-shot lead over Nick Watney going into the final round of The Barclays.
Garcia fell out of the lead with a three-putt bogey on the third hole, but he didn't have another one the rest of the round on a Bethpage Black course that lived up to is tough reputation Saturday because of greens that reminded players of another course on Long Island.
Shinnecock Hills came up more than once. That's when the USGA lost control of the greens in the final round of the 2004 U.S. Open, and even had to water one green in the middle of the round. Bethpage wasn't that bad, but it was close.
Watney, who made five putts over 15 feet, three-putted the final hole when his putt went racing 10 feet by the cup. He had to settle for a 71, giving him another round in the final group with Garcia.
Tiger Woods, who started the third round three shots out of the lead, three-putted for bogey three times on the front nine alone. He had another three-putt on the 14th hole, this one from 15 feet, and had a 72 that put him six shots behind.
Garcia went four years without winning on the PGA Tour and now has a chance to make it two in a row. He was at 10-under 203, and only four players were within four shots of the lead.
Kevin Stadler played early, when the greens still had some moisture, and had a remarkable round of 65 without any bogeys. He moved up from a tie for 42nd to alone in third, three shots behind. Brandt Snedeker started strong and closed with nine pars, which was equally impressive, for a 68 that put him four back.
CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN
COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) — Lydia Ko took a one-stroke lead in the Canadian Women's Open in her bid to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, shooting an even-par 72.
The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander had an 8-under 208 total at The Vancouver Golf Club.
Also trying to become the fifth amateur winner and first since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational, Ko won the U.S. Women's Amateur two weeks ago. In January, she won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event.
Lexi Thompson is the youngest LPGA Tour winner, taking the Navistar LPGA Classic last September at 16.
Ko bogeyed the par-4 18th, making a 5-foot putt after her 4-foot par try lipped out.
Chella Choi, tied for the second-round lead with Ko, had a 73 to drop into a tie for second with Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Jiyai Shin. Lewis, a two-time winner this year, had a 66, Shin shot 69 and Park 70.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Tom Jenkins holed out for eagle on the par-4 third hole and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a three-shot lead in the Boeing Classic.
The 64-year-old Jenkins is trying to become the oldest winner in Champions Tour history. Mike Fetchick was 63 when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational.
Jenkins had a 9-under 135 total at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. He won the last of his seven titles on the 50-and-over tour in 2006. On the 439-yard third hole, Jenkins hit an 8-iron from 148 yards that bounced off the collar of the green and rolled into the cup. He followed with a birdie on No. 4 and added four more birdies.
Willie Wood, coming his first tour victory last week in New York in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, was second after a 68. Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia, the first-round leader, had a 73 to finish at 6 under along with Mark O'Meara, 2005 champion David Eger, Mike Reid and Jay Don Blake. O'Meara had a 64, the best round of the day. Eger and Reid shot 68, and Blake had a 70.
JOHNNIE WALKER CHAMPIONSHIP
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — Scotland's Paul Lawrie shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship.
Lawrie had a 12-under 204 total on the PGA Centenary Course, the site of the 2014 Ryder Cup. France's Romain Wattel was second after a 63.
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