Simp­son is up by two af­ter scorch­ing day at Colo­nial

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Webb Simp­son shot a 3-un­der­par 67 on Satur­day to break out of a crowd and take the third-round lead at the Colo­nial in Fort Worth.

At 9-un­der 201, Simp­son was two strokes ahead of Danny Lee and Paul Casey af­ter both of them made long birdie putts at the 18th hole. Ste­wart Cink and Kevin Kis­ner were three strokes off the lead.

Part of a four-way tie for the 36-hole lead, Simp­son went ahead alone to stay af­ter con­sec­u­tive birdies to start his back nine. He made a six-foot birdie putt at the 387-yard 10th and a 12-footer at the 630-yard 11th be­fore fin­ish­ing with seven con­sec­u­tive pars.

It is only the sec­ond time in 12 years at Colo­nial for the 54hole leader to have more than a one-stroke ad­van­tage.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Jor­dan Spi­eth shot a 68 with a cad­die switch af­ter mak­ing the turn and was at 4 un­der.

Spi­eth’s reg­u­lar cad­die, Michael Greller, left the course af­ter 11 holes be­cause of heat ex­haus­tion on a steamy day with tem­per­a­tures in the 90s and the heat in­dex higher than that.

Da­mon God­dard, the per­sonal trainer for the player and the cad­die, car­ried the bag the rest of the round — a stretch when Spi­eth had a bo­gey and two birdies.

Lee and Kis­ner also were tied for the sec­ond-round lead, along with Scott Piercy, who shot a 72 to fall five strokes back.

LPGA TOUR: Shan­shan Feng shot a 6-un­der 66 to take a one-stroke lead af­ter three rounds of the LPGA Volvik Cham­pi­onship in Ann Ar­bor, Mich.

Feng is 15 un­der for the tour­na­ment af­ter a bo­gey-free round. Lizette Salas (67) is in sec­ond place, one shot ahead of Suzann Pet­tersen (69).

Sec­ond-round leader Sung Hyun Park (72) is tied for fourth with Jeong Eun Lee (68) at 12 un­der.

Feng, of China, has six ca­reer vic­to­ries, the most re­cent at last year’s TOTO Ja­pan Clas­sic. She has fin­ished in the top 10 three times this sea­son, in­clud­ing the past two events.

Feng birdied the last two holes Satur­day at Travis Pointe Coun­try Club. She took over sole pos­ses­sion of the lead when Salas bo­geyed No. 18 mo­ments later.

EURO­PEAN TOUR: An­drew Dodt of Aus­tralia will take a one-stroke lead into the fi­nal day of the BMW PGA Cham­pi­onship af­ter shoot­ing a 4-un­der 68 in the third round.

South Africa’s Bran­den Grace is a shot be­hind Dodt, a two-time win­ner on the Euro­pean Tour, af­ter a 70 at Went­worth in Vir­ginia Wa­ter, Eng­land.

Lee Westwood (72) and Francesco Moli­nari (74) are an­other two shots back.

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