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GOLF ROUNDUP: Park on verge of history

by The Associated Press on June 30, 2013 2:20 AM

Inbee Park is one round from making history by winning the first three majors of the year.

The top-ranked Park had a four-stroke lead through three rounds at the U.S. Women’s Open in Southampton, N.Y. She shot 1-under 71 on Saturday in harsh conditions at Sebonack and was 10 under for the tournament.

Fellow South Korean I.K. Kim had a 73 to remain in second but lost two strokes to Park. With the wind whipping, the greens fast and the pin placements tricky, Park was the only player to shoot under par for the round.

No one has ever won the first three majors in a year when there were at least four.

“I’m just going to try to do the same thing that I did for the last three days,” Park said. “Yeah, it will be a big day. But it’s just a round of golf, and I just try not to think about it so much.”

Park. a five-time winner this year, made three straight bogeys on the 11th, 12th and 13th holes to briefly look vulnerable — though she still led by three strokes. Just in time, her brilliant putting resurfaced.

She holed a long downhill birdie putt on No. 14, then made another lengthy birdie try on the 15th.

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff (74) was third at 3 under.

PGA: A triple bogey for Bill Haas. Double bogeys for Andres Romero and Roberto Castro. They still wound up in a four-way tie for the lead in the AT&T National with James Driscoll, whose third round was pleasantly dull by comparison.

Castro put the perfect finishing touch on this most wild day at Congressional when he hit his approach into the water left of the 18th green, and then chipped in for par from 80 feet to salvage an even-par 71.

Haas made nine birdies and had to settle for a 68, courtesy of two wedge shots that cost him four shots, including his triple bogey on the beastly 11th hole. Romero had a three-shot lead at one point, and then it was gone. He went from the water to a bunker on the 11th for double bogey and followed that with a bogey on the next hole. He made six pars the rest of the way for a 70.

Driscoll had a 68, the only player in the field to break 70 all three rounds.

Ten players were separated by four shots going into the final round, a group that includes 19-year-old Jordan Spieth. He had a two-shot lead after opening with two straight birdies, and then went through a stretch of missing five putts inside 8 feet on a four-hole stretch. One of them was a three-putt from 5 feet for double bogey on No. 8. Spieth had a 74, though he’s still in the game, just three shots behind.

PGA EUROPEAN: Dutchman Joost Luiten shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Irish Open.

Luiten, the Lyoness Open winner in Austria this month, had a 13-under 203 total at Carton House. Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal was second after a 66.

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