Record crowd sees An star at Phoenix Open
Byeong Hun An took a onestroke lead at the Phoenix Open in front of a golf-record crowd of 204,906 in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday.
The South Korean shot a 6under-par 65 at TPC Scottsdale to reach 16-under 197. An won the 2009 U.S. Amateur at 17 to become the youngest winner in event history and took the European Tour’s 2015 BMW PGA Championship for his biggest professional victory.
Scotland’s Martin Laird was second after a 65. Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (68) was 12 under along with John Peterson (63), Canadian Graham DeLaet (65) and Michael Kim (66).
The event has drawn 596,880 for the first six days, setting records each day. With 70,000 to 90,000 expected for the final round, the tournament will shatter the overall record of 618,365 set last year . . . .
Sergio Garcia took a threeshot lead halfway through the Dubai Desert Classic when the second round was completed.
Garcia, the world No. 15, added a 5-under 67 to the 65 he shot Thursday to reach 12 under. Nacho Elvira shot a 68 to move into second with a 9-under 135.
European No. 1 Henrik Stenson moved into contention by shooting a 68 and finishing with three consecutive birdies. That left him tied with South Africa’s George Coetzee, who made a double bogey on his final hole for a 70.
The weather was perfect Saturday morning after wind gusts reaching 36 mph uprooted trees and moved balls on the greens Friday, forcing the European Tour to suspend play. TENNIS
Jack Sock and Steve Johnson won their doubles match in three sets, sending the United States to the Davis Cup quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland in Birmingham, Ala.
Sock and Johnson, bronze medalists in men’s doubles at the Rio Olympics, beat Henri Laaksonen and Adrien Bossel, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
Switzerland was without the country’s two best players, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.
The United States will travel to Australia for the April quarterfinals. Australia advanced with a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic . . . .
Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, ranked No. 5 in the world, was upset by unseeded Yulia Putintseva in the semifinals of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Ladies Trophy tournament.
Putintseva, of Kazakhstan, fought back to win, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. She will play in her first career WTA final against France’s Kristina Mladenovic, who rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the other semifinal.
Mladenovic is seeking a first career WTA title in her fourth final appearance. WINTER SPORTS
Stefan Kraft claimed his second ski jump World Cup win of the season in the flying hill event in Oberstdorf, Germany.
The Austrian soared 227.5 meters with his first jump and 218.0 with his second for 439.9 points, beating Andreas Wellinger of Germany by 5.1 points . . . .
Sara Takanashi won a women’s ski jumping World Cup meet in Hinzenbach, Austria, for her seventh victory of the season and 51st overall.
Takanashi, the defending overall World Cup champion from Japan, had jumps of 87.5 and 91 meters to gather 242.1 points and beat German duo Katharina Althaus and Carina Voigt .. . .
Francesco Friedrich won both heats in a two-man bobsled World Cup race in Igls, Austria, to claim his fourth victory of the season, while Elana Meyers Taylor won her fourth straight women’s race.
Three-time world champion Friedrich and his pusher Thorsten Margis of Germany set a track record in the opening run. Friedrich extended his lead in the overall standings to 101 points over the United States’ Steven Holcomb, who finished in 10th.
In the women’s race, American driver Meyers Taylor and her pusher, Lolo Jones, held on to their first-run lead to beat Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz of Canada by 0.25 seconds.