Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, July 15, 2012
LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) — Bernhard Langer has surged into the lead at the U.S. Senior Open.
Langer shot a 6-under 64 on Saturday to move to 10 under for the tournament, putting him ahead by four strokes.
The two-time Masters champion opened with three straight birdies and eight in 12 holes. The 54-year-old Langer had a double bogey at 13 and a bogey at 18 to give the field a glimmer of hope on Sunday.
Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin were in a five-way tie for second at 6-under 204.
Fred Couples moved up the leaderboard with a 65. He was part of a pack, along with Fred Funk and Jay Haas, that was five shots back at the Champion Tour’s fourth of five majors.
INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Francesco Molinari held off a barrage of challengers at the Scottish Open, shooting a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.
The Italian, who held the overnight lead with Alexander Noren, remained consistent in changing weather around the Castle Stuart links to stay in front at 17 under.
After a third straight low-scoring day, Anders Hansen is Molinari’s closest challenger after a 65. Hansen upstaged his top-ranked playing partner Luke Donald (68), while Phil Mickelson also carded a 65 and three shots back in a tie with three others.
Noren was among that quartet at 14 under. The Swede, who finished with a 70, kept pace with Molinari until a triple-bogey 8 on No. 12 after losing his ball in bushes off the tee.
JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Troy Matteson shot a 5-under 66 to take a three-shot lead into the final round at the John Deere Classic.
Steve Stricker, who also shot a 66, sits in second place at 15 under in his quest for a fourth straight tournament title. Stricker birdied four straight holes beginning at the 14th, but bogeyed the par-4 18th, stubbing a chip shot and missing a 15-footer for par.
Both Matteson and Stricker bogeyed the last hole, setting up their final-round pairing together at TPC Deere Run, where Stricker, a Wisconsin native who was an all-American at Illinois, has become a local favorite by winning the last three years.
Former Masters champion Zach Johnson also carded a 66 to climb into contention at 14 under, along with left-hander Brian Harman.
US AMATEUR PUBLINKS
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) — T.J. Vogel made six birdies over a seven-hole stretch, coasting to a 12-and-10 win over Kevin Aylwin at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
With the victory, the University of Florida senior earned a spot in the 2013 Masters.
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