Fast fin­ish puts Snedeker up by 3

Golfer birdies fi­nal three holes for edge over Tway in opener

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - SPORTS -

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.

Robert Laberge / Getty Im­ages

Brandt Snedeker re­acts to his putt on the 18th hole dur­ing the third round of the Safe­way Open on Satur­day.

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