Golf roundup: Davis, Thatcher share lead at Travelers
The Associated Press | June 24,2012
CROMWELL, Conn. — Englishman Brian Davis shot a 6-under 64, and Roland Thatcher had a 65 on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Travelers Championship at 12 under.
Both are looking for their first win on the PGA Tour.
Davis made an early move, shooting a 29 on the front nine with six birdies. Thatcher overtook him with three straight birdies on the back nine and had a one-stroke lead before missing a 7-foot par putt on No. 17.
Seventeen other players were within five strokes of the lead entering the final round.
John Rollins (65), James Driscoll (66) and Stuart Appleby (67) were two strokes back. Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson, who led after two rounds, shot an even-par 70 to remain at 9 under. Padraig Harrington (65), Matt Kuchar (66), Tim Clark (66), Charley Hoffman (67) and Will Claxton (69) also were 9 under.
Masters champion Bubba Watson, the 2010 winner, was 8 under after a 65.
U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson had a 68 to reach 7 under.
MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC
WATERLOO, Ontario — South Korea’s Inbee Park shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
The 2008 U.S. Women’s Open champion had a 14-under 199 total at Grey Silo. She rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 17th with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
Brittany Lang and Hee Kyung Seo shot a 67 to reach 12 under, and Anna Nordqvist was 10 under after a 67.
China’s Shanshan Feng, coming off a major victory two weeks ago in the LPGA Championship, was 9 under along with Karin Sjodin, Nicole Hage and first-round leader Sandra Changkija. Feng had a 70, Sjodin shot 69, Hage 67 and Changkija 69. Stacy Lewis, a two-time winner this year, had a 69 to top the group at 8 under.
Michelle Wie was even par after a 73.
SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec — Bob Tway shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship.
The 53-year-old Tway had a 9-under 135 total on Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club’s Vercheres Course. Winless on the 50-and-over tour, he won the 2003 Canadian Open for the last of his eight PGA Tour titles.
Calcavecchia shot a 67.
First-round leader Russ Cochran had a 71 to drop into a tie for third at 7 under with Michael Allen, Hale Irwin and Jay Don Blake. Allen, the tour leader with two victories and earnings of $1,071,282, had a 69, Irwin shot 68, and Blake had a 67.
BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
PULHEIM, Germany — England’s Danny Willett shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the BMW International Open.
The 24-year-old Willett, seeking his first European Tour title, had a 12-under 204 total at Gut Larcenhof. England’s Chris Wood (70) and Chilean-born Swede Joel Sjoholm (72) were tied for second.
U.S. WOMEN’S PUBLIC LINKS
NESHANIC STATION, N.J. — Kyung Kim won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, beating Ashlan Ramsey 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final at Neshanic Valley.
The 18-year-old Kim, from Chandler, Ariz., took a 2-up lead with a birdie on the 32nd hole, won the 33rd with another birdie and took the 34th with a par to close out the match.
The 16-year-old Ramsey is from Milledgeville, Ga.
The tournament is limited to players who don’t hold privileges at any course that doesn’t extend playing privileges to the general public.