Don­ald Leads Ver­plank by One En­ter­ing Fi­nal Round

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports -

Luke Don­ald barely held on to the lead at the By­ron Nelson Cham­pi­onship in Irv­ing, Tex.

Af­ter a bo­gey at No. 17, Don­ald made a par-sav­ing putt on the clos­ing hole yes­ter­day to fin­ish his 11th straight un­der-par round in the Nelson, a 3-un­der-par 67 that put him at 10-un­der 200 with a on­e­stroke lead over Scott Ver­plank en­ter­ing the fi­nal round.

Don­ald, fi­nally lead­ing the Nelson af­ter all his sub-par rounds in the event, had con­sec­u­tive bo­geys early to fall be­hind by two strokes. The English­man re­cov­ered with five birdies in a 10-hole stretch that were enough to put him back ahead.

Ver­plank (66) grew up in the Dal­las area and first met By­ron Nelson as a teenager. Now in his 21st Nelson, the 43-year-old Ver­plank will play in the fi­nal group to­day with a chance to fi­nally win it — in the first Nelson tour­na­ment played with­out its name­sake.

Play was stopped mid­way through the round for a mo­ment of si­lence in me­mory of Nelson, and that was fol­lowed by a fly­over by a squadron of fighter jets. It was the first time the PGA Tour ever had such a stop­page dur­ing a tour­na­ment.

Nelson, who in 1968 be­came the first golfer to have a PGA Tour event named af­ter him, died on Sept. 26. He was 94.

Don­ald had never fin­ished a round lead­ing the Nelson be­fore this year, but has now led two in a row. If he leads af­ter to­day, he’ll have his third PGA Tour vic­tory. K LPGA TOUR: Lorena Ochoa shot a 9-un­der 64 to tie Juli­eta Granada and Silvia Caval­leri for the thir­dround lead at the More­lia Cham­pi­onship in Mex­ico, the Mex­i­can star’s first tour­na­ment as the No. 1 player in the world.

A day af­ter fall­ing five strokes be- hind with a 74, the 25-year-old Ochoa had eight birdies, an ea­gle and a bo­gey be­fore thou­sands of fans who cheered her ev­ery move on the hilly Tres Marias course — about 175 miles from her na­tive Guadala­jara. K EURO­PEAN TOUR: Si­mon Dyson of Eng­land, Car­los Rodiles of Spain and Gre­gory Bourdy of France shared the lead at the Span­ish Open in Madrid when dark­ness sus­pended play in the third round.

The play­ers were at 9 un­der, with Bourdy and Rodiles hav­ing fin­ished four holes and Dyson five.

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