Kim not fazed by wind, rain at Open

Los Angeles Times - - FOOTBALL - TPC Twin Cities. Perry, a co-leader with Mike Goodes af­ter the first round, shot his sec­ond straight 65. Sauers shot an eight-un­der 64. Scott Dun­lap (63) and Brandt Jobe (64) were one shot be­hind; Steve Stricker (63) and Marco Daw­son (66) were two back. G

I.K. Kim stood on the first tee at the Women’s Bri­tish Open in St. An­drews, Scot­land, and seemed to have ev­ery­thing going against her.

The wind was ris­ing. Heavy rain was fall­ing. The tem­per­a­ture was drop­ping. If that wasn’t enough, In­bee Park had just toured Kings­barns Links in a course record-ty­ing 64 and was one shot be­hind. Stacy Lewis, an­other past Women’s Bri­tish Open cham­pion, was an­other shot back af­ter a 65.

In weather that turned out bet­ter than ex­pected — only one heavy shower — Kim shot a bo­gey-free 66 by con­vert­ing a string of birdie putts. With one round to play, the 29-yearold South Korean was at 17-un­der 199 and had a six-shot lead over Ge­or­gia

Hall (70) and Moriya Ju­tanu­garn (67). Lexi Thomp­son, who started the third round two shots be­hind, stum­bled to a 74 and wound up 10 shots back. Thomp­son took a dou­ble bo­gey on the 16th hole on her way to a 74. She was tied for 13th, along with Michelle

Wie, who posted a 69.

Thomas Pi­eters ended a roller­coaster round with a 30-foot birdie putt for a four-un­der 66 that gave the Bel­gian a share of the lead with Zach

John­son going into the fi­nal round of the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional in Akron, Ohio.

Pi­eters built a big lead early with five birdies on his open­ing eight holes at Fire­stone, only to run into trou­ble off the tee. He made only three pars over his last 11 holes and wound up with his best chance yet to win in Amer­ica.

John­son, who hasn’t won since cap­tur­ing his sec­ond ma­jor at St. An­drews in 2015, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 65. They were at nine-un­der 201. Hideki Mat­suyama had a 67 and was two shots be­hind. Rory McIl­roy was blast­ing all day — he has hit 39 of his 42 drives at Fire­stone at least 300 yards — but had to set­tle for a 68 that left him three shots back.

Jor­dan Spi­eth took bo­gey on the last two holes for a 71 to slip seven shots be­hind in his bid to win his third straight tour­na­ment.

Paul Goy­dos shot a tour­na­men­trecord 60 and is tied with Kenny

Perry and Gene Sauers af­ter two rounds of the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ 3M Cham­pi­onship in Blaine, Minn.

Goy­dos, who shot 59 at the PGA’s 2010 John Deere Clas­sic, was seven un­der through 12 holes, be­fore birdies at 15, 16 and 17 and an ea­gle on the parfive 18th. He needed one putt on 16 greens and two on the oth­ers at the

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