Record crowd sees An star at Phoenix Open

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS -

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.

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