Four share lead in the Colonial


FORT WORTH, Texas — David Toms, Hideki Matsuyama, Chad Campbell and Chris Stroud shared the third-round lead at 7-under 203 on Saturday at Colonial, where plenty of others also are in contention.

There were 13 players within two strokes of the leading quartet.

The closest chasers included Adam Scott, the No. 1 player in the world, and Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner this season and No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Kevin Chappell, whose early 7-under 63 was the low round of the day, moved from a tie for 60th to within one stroke of the lead.

Matsuyama, the 22-year-old from Japan with five wins at home, shot a bogey-free 64 Saturday. Toms, who got the last of his 13 PGA Tour victories at Colonial in 2011, had a 65, local resident Campbell shot 68, and Stroud had a 69.

Walker was 6 under after a 69, and Scott was another stroke back after a 66.

Walker and Campbell were playing together, and were tied for the lead at 8 under before both bogeyed the 161-yard 13th hole.

When Walker missed a 9-footer, it was his first bogey this week at Hogan’s Alley — and he had another two holes later when hitting from two greenside bunkers. Campbell held the lead alone only for a moment before missing his 4-foot par chance at No. 13.

They were on the 18th hole when play was suspended 1 hour, 8 minutes because of an approaching thunderstorm that brought only a brief downpour.

Walker saved par on the final hole after his drive settled near the edge of the water and he hit with an awkward stance into a greenside bunker. He blasted to 8 feet and made the putt.

Scott, who overtook injured Tiger Woods at No. 1 this week, started the round tied for 36th in the same group with Matsuyama. Chappell had to make a 6-foot par putt on his last hole Friday just to make the cut at 1 over, but quickly made up ground in his early-morning third round.

Second-round leader Brice Garnett fell back with a bogey at the 216-yard fourth hole, followed by a double bogey when he drove out of bounds at the tight fifth hole that runs parallel to the Trinity River. The PGA Tour rookie shot 74 and dropped into a tie for 25th at 3 under.

Matsuyama had three early birdies, including at Nos. 4 and 5 — the last two of a trio of holes known as the “Horrible Horseshoe” because of the layout of difficulty of the holes. There are two difficult par 4s with the course’s longest par 3 between them.

“Kind of set the tone for the rest of the round,” Matsuyama said through an interpreter.

To stay No. 1 for more than a week, Scott likely has to finish higher at Colonial than third-ranked Henrik Stenson does at Wentworth. Stenson was tied for seventh going into today’s final round in Europe’s flagship event, though he was nine strokes off the lead. Scott was tied for 11th at Colonial, but only two back.

Since four bogeys in his first nine holes this week, Scott has had only one bogey his last 45 holes. He was bogey-free Saturday with his only four birdies his first eight holes. At the lone par 5 on the back nine, Scott hit his approach in a greenside bunker at No. 11 before blasting to about 6 feet, only to miss the birdie chance.

SENIOR PGA

CHAMPIONSHIP

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Colin Montgomerie took the third-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship, making a winding, 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 3-under 68.

Trying to win his first senior major after failing to capture one of golf’s four biggest events on the regular tours, the 51-year-old Scot took a 7-under 206 total into the final round at Harbor Shores.

Bernhard Langer, the 56-year-old German star who has won twice this season on the Champions Tour, was a stroke back after a 70. He will play alongside Montgomerie for the fourth consecutive round Sunday.

Marco Dawson, Bart Bryant and Kiyoshi Murota were tied for third at 5 under. Dawson had a 64, the best round of the tournament. Bryant and Murota shot 70.

Tom Watson, among the six-way tie for first through 36 holes, had a 72 to drop four shots behind.

AIRBUS LPGA CLASSIC

MOBILE, Ala. — Anna Nordqvist moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting her second straight 6-under 66 to take the third-round lead in the Airbus LPGA Classic.

The 26-year-old Swede, the winner in Thailand and Carlsbad, had a 16-under 200 total on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.

Catriona Matthew, the 44-year-old Scot who led after each of the first two days, was a stroke back after a 70. She bogeyed three of the first five holes to drop to 10 under, then birdied five of the last 15.

Second-ranked Stacy Lewis, the 2012 champion who needs to finish solo third or higher to take the top spot in the world from Inbee Park, was third after a 66. Park missed the cut Friday.

Michelle Wie, Jessica Korda and 18-year-old Charley Hull were tied for fourth at 13 under. Wie shot 66, Korda 69, and Hull 71.

BMW PGA

CHAMPIONSHIP

VIRGINIA WATER, England — Thomas Bjorn birdied seven of his last eight holes to take a five-stroke lead after the third round of the BMW PGA Championship.

The 43-year-old Dane fought back from a double bogey on the first hole by making six straight birdies from the 11th and adding another one at the last for a 5-under 67 and a 15-under 201 total at Wentworth.

England’s Luke Donald, the 2011 and 2012 winner, was second after a 68.

 

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