San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)
Cal alum Homa (66) makes a move
While Sam Burns and Keegan Bradley struggled to keep their share of the lead Saturday at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., Cal alum Max Homa made a big charge.
Homa ran in a birdie putt from just inside 30 feet on the 15th hole, and after a bogey on the tough 16th, he closed out his round by making a 35foot bending birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th to card a 5underpar 66 and close within one shot of the leaders.
Coleaders after Friday’s second round, Burns and Bradley each shot a 69 to stand at 14under 199, tying the 54hole tournament record set by K.J. Choi in 2002 and matched by Adam Hadwin in 2017. Both Choi and Hadwin went on to win.
But don’t count out Homa. He has made seven putts from 25 feet or longer as he goes for his second PGA Tour victory this year.
“I just knew if I posted 4 underish I would at least have a chance tomorrow, but that’s all you can do out here,” Homa said. “So, yeah, feels good to have a chance.” China’s Lin Xiyu tapped in on the 18th hole for her fourth birdie of the back nine and a 5under 67 to take a onestroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.
Lin had a 54hole total of 14under 202 at Sentosa Golf Club. Hannah Green shot her second consecutive 66 to move into a share of second place with secondranked Inbee Park (70). More than 100 years after Pine Valley Golf Club opened, the Pine Valley, N.J., course, long considered among the world’s best, decided to allow women to join. ELSEWHERE
Manchester City nears EPL title
Manchester City moved to the brink of reclaiming the English Premier League title by beating Crystal Palace 20.
One more win will complete the job — unless defending champion Liverpool does it for them with a victory at secondplace Manchester United on Sunday.
Motor sports: Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon had another dominating victory at Fort Worth, Texas, winning the first of two races on consecutive days at the IndyCar Series’ first oval track this season. NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch dominated at Kansas Speedway, eventually earning his 61st Truck Series win of his career.