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GOLF ROUNDUP: Glover leads Zurich Classic

by The Associated Press on April 28, 2013 3:20 AM

Lucas Glover increased his lead to two strokes in the Zurich Classic to remain in position for his first victory in two years.

The 2009 U.S. Open winner shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to reach 14 under at TPC Louisiana.

Kyle Stanley, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel and D.A. Points were tied for second. Stanley had a 65, Walker and Horschel shot 66, and Points had a 70.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur, shot a 77 to drop to 2 over — last among the 71 players who made the cut. He tied for 58th two weeks ago in the Masters after becoming the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta National, and will play in a U.S. Open qualifier in two weeks in Dallas.

Kevin Stadler was 11 under after a 65 — matching Stanley for the best round of the day.

Boo Weekley, a stroke behind Glover entering the round, salvaged a 73 with a two-putt birdie on the 18th to finish at 10 under.

Ernie Els, who entered the day in a tie for fifth, also shot 72 to drop to a tie for 17th at 8 under.

Bubba Watson, the 201 winner, was 6 under after a 72.

Glover birdied the eighth and ninth holes to get to 14 under, and opened a three-stroke lead at 15 under with a short birdie putt on the par-5 11th. But he failed to make par from the fringe on the par-3 14th to drop back to 14 under. He missed a 10-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole and tapped in for birdie.

The players will be grouped in threesomes and will tee off early because of expected stormy weather Sunday on the course already softened by heavy rain Wednesday.

LPGA: Carlota Ciganda shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over the world’s No. 1 player and an LPGA Tour rookie into the final round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout.

Ciganda had only one bogey in the third round. Even after driving right into a concrete drainage ditch on No. 12, the Spaniard hit the half-submerged ball out of the water to about 10 feet and made the birdie putt. She was at 11-under 202 after her second 66 of the week.

Top-ranked Inbee Park finished her 67 with consecutive birdies.

Caroline Masson, the leader after each of the first two rounds, recovered from an opening double bogey for a 69.

Na Yeon Choi, the No. 3 player, was 8 under after a bogey-free 66.

CHAMPIONS: Roger Chapman and Jay Don Blake teamed to shoot an 11-under 61 to take a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf better-ball tournament in Savannah, Ga.

Chapman and Blake were 17 under.

The teams of Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman, Brad Faxon-Jeff Sluman, Scott Hoch-Jim Gallagher Jr., Craig Stadler-Kirk Triplett and Brad Faxon-Jeff Sluman were tied for second.

PGA EUROPEAN: Swede’s Alex Noren took a one-stroke lead in the Ballantine’s Championship, competing a 5-under 67 in the rain-delayed second round and shooting a 69 in the third.

Noren had a 9-under 207 total on the Blackstone course.

The tournament is sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

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