Fast finish puts Snedeker up by 3
Golfer birdies final three holes for edge over Tway in opener
Napa, Calif. Brandt Snedeker birdied the final three holes Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s seasonopening Safeway Open.
Snedeker finished with a 3-under 69 to get to 16-under 200 on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa. He won the Wyndham Championship in August, opening with a 59 en route to his ninth PGA Tour title.
Kevin Tway was second after a 68.
Sungjae Im (69) was 12 under, and Bill Haas (67) followed at 11 under.
Phil Mickelson, tied for second entering the round, had a 74 to drop into a tie for 15th at 8 under.
Fred Couples also was 8 under after a 70 in his final regular PGA Tour start. european PGA: Tyrrell Hatton of England is on course to become the first golfer since
Tiger Woods 11 years ago to win the same European Tour event three years running. Hatton shot a 6-under 66 in the third round at St. Andrews, one of three courses being used at the Dunhill Links Championship, to open a one-stroke lead with a 14-under total of 202 on Saturday. Marcus Fraser of Australia was his nearest challenger after a 67 at Kingsbarns. Former Dunhill Links winner Stephen Gallacher (66) and Hatton’s European Ryder Cup teammate, Tommy Fleetwood (67), were in joint third place, two shots further back, at 11 under. Fourteen-time major champion Woods was the last player to win the same European Tour event three successive times when, in 2007, he completed a hat trick of titles at the Wgc-championship and the Wgc-invitational. Nick Faldo is the only Englishman to have previously achieved the feat after winning the Irish Open from 1991-93.
LPGA: Strong winds and heavy rain from Typhoon Kong-rey hit the Korean peninsula on Saturday, ensuring that there would be no play on Day 3 of the eightnation UL International Crown event in the city of Incheon, 25 miles west of Seoul. The defending champion United States led Pool B at the end of the second round with six points. Sweden is next with four points while Japan and Thailand have three each.
Brandt Snedeker reacts to his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the Safeway Open on Saturday.