Feng leads US Women’s Open go­ing into fi­nal round

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

Shan­shan Feng is go­ing to have the pres­i­dent of the United States look­ing over her shoul­der in the fi­nal round of the U.S. Women’s Open, and prob­a­bly a lot of South Korean fans, too.

The 27-year-old from China rolled in a short birdie putt on the fi­nal hole Satur­day to take a one-shot lead af­ter three rounds of the big­gest tour­na­ment in women’s golf.

Teenager Hye-Jin Choi and peren­nial Open brides­maid

Amy Yang were tied for sec­ond in an event where the South Kore­ans have shined.

The top six play­ers chas­ing Feng are all from South Korea, and you have to go all the way to eighth place to find a U.S. player. That’s

Cristie Kerr, who was five shots off the lead.

It should make for an in­ter­est­ing fi­nal day in a tour­na­ment that had an even big­ger stage with

Don­ald Trump in at­ten­dance. He’s the first sit­ting pres­i­dent to at­tend a U.S. Women’s Open.

Rodgers leads at John Deer Clas­sic

Patrick Rodgers is 18 holes away from his first PGA Tour win.

But the 25-year-old for­mer Stan­ford star knows that it’ll likely take a lower score than the one he shot Satur­day to se­cure such a mile­stone vic­tory.

Rodgers shot a 3-un­der 68 in the third round, main­tain­ing a two-stroke lead in the John Deere Clas­sic.

Daniel Berger had a 63 to match Scott Stallings (64) at 14 un­der.

Langer leads at Se­nior Cham­pi­onship

While Brandt Jobe was rip­ping up the golf course, the un­flap­pable Bern­hard Langer stead­fastly re­mained in the hunt.

Sure enough, by the time the third round of the Con­stel­la­tion Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship drew to a close Satur­day, Langer’s un­spec­tac­u­lar bo­geyfree 6-un­der 66 was good enough to put him atop the leader­board.

Langer fin­ished the day at 18 un­der, good for a one-shot lead over Jobe.

Poul­ter in front at Scot­tish Open

Ian Poul­ter con­trolled his swing, ball, and tem­per­a­ment in what he de­scribed as “bru­tally tough con­di­tions” to move in sight of his first world­wide ti­tle in 4 ½ years at the Scot­tish Open on Satur­day.

In side­ways rain and strong winds on Scot­land’s west coast, clubs slipped from play­ers’ hands, hardy fans’ um­brel­las were blown in­side out, and pud­dles formed on fair­ways on the bat­tered Dun­don­ald Links.

A re-en­er­gized Poul­ter rel­ished the links test, mak­ing three birdies in his first seven holes be­fore bat­tling the worst weather of the week on his back nine to shoot a 1-un­der 71. He was tied on 9 un­der par over­all with play­ing part­ner and fel­low English­man Cal­lum Shinkwin, whose 68 was ar­guably the round of the day given the cir­cum­stances, and Aus­tralian player An­drew Dodt (69).

Mul­der in com­mand at Ta­hoe

Two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Mark Mul­der took a three-stroke lead Satur­day in the Amer­i­can Cen­tury Cham­pi­onship at Edge­wood Ta­hoe.

The for­mer ma­jor league pitcher shot a 3-un­der 69 — the first sub-70 round of the tour­na­ment — and had 48 points af­ter two rounds in the mod­i­fied Stable­ford event. Play­ers get 10 points for dou­ble ea­gle, 8 for a hole-in-one, 6 for ea­gle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bo­gey and mi­nus-2 for dou­ble bo­gey or higher.

Fel­low for­mer pitcher Derek Lowe and for­mer ten­nis player Mardy Fish were tied for sec­ond. Lowe, the firstround leader, was pe­nal­ized for an il­le­gal drop on No. 14 af­ter hit­ting into a haz­ard. The mis­take cost him two strokes and two points.


China’s Shan­shan Feng hits a shot at the U.S. Women’s Open at Bed­min­ster, N.J., on Satur­day.

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