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GOLF: Woodland rides short game to lead

by The Associated Press on August 04, 2013 1:10 AM

Gary Woodland holed from a bunker and the greenside rough and hit a fairway shot within 2 inches for another of his seven birdies to take the third-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open with 37 points in the modified Stableford scoring system.

Brandon Steele vaulted into second place with 30 points. He played the last six holes in 7-under par under a traditional format, capping five consecutive birdies with a 33-foot chip-in for eagle on the 616-yard 18th.

David Mathis was third with 29, followed by second-round leader Andres Romero at 27.

 

LPGA: Inbee Park wanted tough conditions at St. Andrews to try to make up an eight-shot deficit in her pursuit of a fourth straight major. It turned out to be too tough for anyone.

The third round of the Women’s British Open was suspended by gusts that topped 40 mph and kept golf balls from staying put on the greens. After waiting six hours for the wind to calm, players were told to return this morning for a marathon finish.

Whether that becomes a break for the leaders — Na Yeon Choi at 10-under 134 was an hour away from teeing off — won’t be known until today. Park, trying to become the first golfer, male or female, to win four straight pro majors in the same season, was 1 under for the round and 3 under overall after four holes.

 

CHAMPIONS: Tom Pernice Jr. moved into position for his second Champions Tour title, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Kite in the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn.

Pernice had a 13-under 131 total at TPC Twin Cities after opening with a 66.

Kite, 63, trying to become the oldest winner in the history of the 50-and-over tour, also shot 65 — his lowest score at the TPC Twin Cities in five years.

Jay Don Blake, Rod Spittle and Corey Pavin were three strokes back.

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