Trio tied for lead at tour­na­ment

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - SPORTS -

BOISE, Idaho — Scott Pinck­ney shot an 8-un­der-par 63 Satur­day for a share of the lead in the Al­bert­sons Boise Open, the third of four Web. com Tour Fi­nals events.

Pinck­ney matched twotime PGA Tour win­ner Sang­moon Bae and Roberto Diaz at 14-un­der 199 at Hill­crest Coun­try Club. Bae shot a 67, and Diaz had a 65 on a day when 11 play­ers were tied for the lead.

Pinck­ney re­turned to play the Tour this sea­son af­ter miss­ing the ma­jor­ity of the 2017 sea­son be­cause of a back prob­lem. The 29-year-old former Ari­zona State player en­tered the tour­na­ment 101st in the race for 25 PGA Tour cards.

Bae re­turned this sea­son af­ter two years of manda­tory mil­i­tary ser­vice in South Korea. He’s 12th on the Fi­nals money list, with the 11 play­ers ahead of him al­ready locked in to earn cards.

Pinck­ney birdied five of his fi­nal seven holes, mak­ing a 12-foot putt on No. 18.

Diaz, 34th on the money list, birdied Nos. 15-17 and saved par on 18 with a 25-footer.

Max Homa, 10th in the card chase, was a stroke back af­ter a 66.

Kyle Jones (64) was fifth at 12 un­der. He al­ready earned a card as a top-25 fin­isher on the Tour reg­u­lar-sea­son money list.

Chat­tanooga’s Stephan Jaeger (71) was tied for 63rd at 4 un­der.

Gilbert in top 15

GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Scott McCar­ron shot a 9-un­der 63 at War­wick Hills Golf Club for a share of The Ally Chal­lenge lead with Tom Lehman and Jeff Mag­gert.

McCar­ron played an early three-hole stretch in 4 un­der, mak­ing an ea­gle on the par-4 12th, and he had six birdies and a bo­gey on his sec­ond nine.

McCar­ron, 53, has seven PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons vic­to­ries af­ter win­ning three times on the PGA Tour.

Lehman shot his sec­ond straight 67, and Mag­gert had a 68 to match McCar­ron at 10-un­der 135.

Mark O’Meara had a 64 to join Paul Broad­hurst (68), Tom Byrum (66) and Este­ban Toledo (69) at 9 un­der. First-round leader Brandt Jobe had a 71 to drop into a tie for eighth with David McKen­zie (69) at 8 un­der.

Oolte­wah’s Gibby Gilbert III (68) was tied for 15th, four strokes out of the lead.

Ol­son up by two

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Chas­ing her first ma­jor ti­tle, Amy Ol­son fired a bo­geyfree 65 to take a two-shot lead en­ter­ing the fi­nal round of the Evian Cham­pi­onship.

The 26-year-old Amer­i­can broke clear to a 14-un­der 199 to­tal af­ter twice be­ing in a four­way tie atop the leader­board.

Ol­son made an ea­gle at the par-5 9th, and she added three birdies on the back nine to stretch her lead over Sei Young Kim, who shot a 64 while flash­ing the form that set an LPGA Tour record 31-un­der win­ning to­tal at the Thorn­berry Creek Clas­sic in July.

Mo Martin (69) was two shots back at 10 un­der, one clear of Ge­or­gia Hall (68), In­bee Park (67) and An­gela Stan­ford (68).

Five Amer­i­cans were in the top 10, with this the fi­nal chance in 2018 for a U.S. golfer to win a women’s ma­jor.

Wood’s lead slim

SPIJK, Nether­lands — Chris Wood birdied the 18th hole to card his sec­ond 65 at the KLM Open and take a one-shot lead into the clos­ing round.

The English golfer got off to a slug­gish start with a bo­gey on the par-4 2nd at The Dutch, and he reached the turn 1 un­der for the day be­fore reel­ing off five birdies on the back nine to reach 13 un­der for the tour­na­ment.

Ja­pan’s Hideto Tani­hara matched the low­est round of the Euro­pean Tour event with an 8-un­der 63 to join overnight leader Ashun Wu (71) and Jonathan Thom­son (68) in a three­way tie for sec­ond at 12 un­der.

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