Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lincicome holds 1-shot lead in LPGA Championship

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Brittany Lincicome beamed. She had fought off the jitters while leading an LPGA Tour major and it felt oh-so-good.

Lincicome, who hadn't held a second-round lead since 2009 and never in a major, shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday at the LPGA Championship to finish the third round at 10-under 206. That was 1 shot better than Suzann Pettersen (67) of Norway and defending champion Inbee Park (69) of South Korea as the fourth major championship of the season heads to the final round.

"Nervous is probably an understatement. My stomach was in knots," Lincicome said. "When it came time to eat lunch, it just wasn't happening because I haven't been in this position in a while."

Lincicome won the 2009 Kraft Nabisco for her lone major title and has five LPGA Tour victories. The United States is seeking to win its fourth straight major.

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PGA Tour

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Not many players birdied the tricky final hole at the Wyndham Championship on Saturday.

Nick Watney did to top the leader board.

Watney made a 20-foot birdie putt from the right edge of the green on the par-4 18th for a 5-under 65 and a 1-stroke lead. The five-time PGA Tour winner had a 14-under 196 total with only one bogey through three trips around Sedgefield Country Club.

Champions Tour

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Kevin Sutherland was only eight holes into his round at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open and already thinking about a 59.

"You're not supposed to do that, are you?" he said.

The way this magical round went, nothing was going to stop him. Sutherland became the first player in Champions Tour history to shoot a 59, and it might have been even better except for a 3-putt bogey from about 40 feet just off the 18th green.

"Thank God I didn't 4-putt," he said.

Six players have shot 59 on the PGA Tour, including Paul Goydos, Sutherland's best friend on the tour.

U.S. Amatuer

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Canadian Corey Conners and South Korean Gunn Yang set up the second straight all-foreign final in the U.S. Amateur.

Conners beat Denny McCarthy of Rockville, Md., 1 up, at Atlanta Athletic Club, and Yang edged Frederick Wedel of the Woodlands, Texas, in 19 holes.

John Kekis Associated Press
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