Park leads in bid for third ti­tle in a row in ma­jor

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Two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion In­bee Park shot a seven-un­der-par 66 on Satur­day to over­take fel­low South Korean Sei Young Kim for the lead af­ter three rounds of the KPMG Women’s PGA cham­pi­onship at Har­ri­son, N.Y.

Kim, a rookie who came into the round with a on­e­stroke lead, shot a 69. The two had bat­tled all af­ter­noon at Westch­ester Coun­try Club and went into the fi­nal hole tied at 13 un­der. But Park made­her sev­enth birdie of the day on 18, and Kim missed a four-foot putt for par.

Suzann Pet­tersen and 17year-old Canadian Brooke Hen­der­son each shot a 71. They ended tied with Hall of Famer Kar­rie Webb for third place, six strokes back, in the sec­ond LPGA ma­jor of the year.

Webb was in sec­ond place to start the day, but had to over­come bo­geys on her first

two holes to shoot a 72.

St. Jude Clas­sic

English­man Greg Owen and Fabian Gomez of Ar­gentina each shot a three-un­der 67 to share a one-stroke lead af­ter 54 holes at the St. Jude Clas­sic at Mem­phis, Tenn.

Swirling wind and tough pins kept ev­ery­one guess­ing on a hec­tic day at TPC South­wind, where as many as six play­ers had a piece of the lead at some point.

But Owen, look­ing for his first PGA Tour ti­tle in his 214th event, had four birdies and one bo­gey in the third round. Gomez opened with the first of his three bo­geys and fin­ished with six birdies.

Owen, 43, who lives in Florida, has strug­gled this sea­son, miss­ing five of 12 cuts on tour. His best ca­reer fin­ish is sec­ond at the 2006 Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional, but his best re­sult this sea­son is a tie for 22nd last Novem­ber at the San­der­son Farms Cham­pi­onship.

Brooks Koepka, who had at least a piece of the lead through the first tworounds, fin­ished with a 71 and is tied with Scott Brown (68) for sec­ond at 202.

Phil Mick­el­son, tuningup for what he hopes is his first U.S. Open victory, shot a 70 and is in a group at 207.

Se­nior Play­ers

De­fend­ing cham­pion Bern­hard Langer shot a four-un­der 67 in the third round of the Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship at Bel­mont, Mass., to open an eight­stroke lead head­ing into the fi­nal day.

Langer, who won last year at Fox Chapel in Pitts­burgh, is try­ing to be­come the first golfer to win two years in a row in this event since Arnold Palmer in1984.

Russ Cochran was even for the day and is the clos­est com­peti­tor to Langer at eight un­der. Scott Ver­plank shot a 66 in the third round to move into a four-way tie for third at Bel­mont Coun­try Club with Colin Mont­gomerie, Jeff Hart and Guy Boros.

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