Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

Ageless Westwood leads by shot at Arnold Palmer


Lee Westwood made a pair of 30-foot putts over the final three holes Saturday, one for eagle and the other a closing birdie, for a 7-under 65 that gave England’s ageless wonder a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitation­al in Orlando, Fla.

Westwood turns 48 next month and is feeling younger by the years, coming off a third European Tour title and still easily among the top 50 in the world.

Now he goes up against U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, whose 68 included a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole in which he cut off so much of the water he had only 70 yards for his second shot on the 531-yard hole.

Corey Conners of Canada, who started with a one-shot lead, could manage only a 71 on a cool, breezy day at Bay Hill. He also was one shot behind.

• Jennifer Kupcho made a 12-foot eagle putt on the final hole to cut Austin Ernst’s lead to a stroke in the LPGA Tour’s Drive On Championsh­ip in Ocala, Fla. Kupcho shot a 2-under 70 at Golden Ocala.

Ernst parred the last six holes in a 69. The two-time LPGA Tour winner was at 13-under 203.

Kupcho is winless on the tour.

Albane Valenzuela (66), Patty Tavatanaki­t (69) and Jenny Coleman (70) were tied for third at 7 under.

St. Petersburg and Vienna in late 2020. The Russian has a 7-2 record in career finals with a 6-0 win streak since October 2019.

Fucsovics reached his first final in more than two years with a 6-4, 6-1 upset of Borna Coric, who is ranked 33 places higher than Fucsovics.

• Danish teenager Clara Tauson continued her remarkable form at the Lyon (France) Open, beating seventh-seeded Paula Badosa of Spain 7-5, 6-1 to set up a first career final against fellow qualifier Viktorija Golubic.

Golubic caused another upset by beating secondseed­ed Fiona Ferro 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4) in the sixth career semifinal for the Swiss.

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