PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Brittany Lincicome maintained her lead Saturday after three rounds of the LPGA Championship, the tour’s fourth major championship of the season.
The long-hitting Lincicome began the day at Monroe Golf Club with a three-shot advantage over Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson and shot 1-under 71 to finish at 10-under 206. Lincicome was a shot ahead of Park and Suzann Pettersen. Pettersen had a 67 and Park shot 69.
Mirim Lee was alone in fourth at 7 under after a 69. Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko had a 71 to join Meena Lee and Gerina Piller at 6 under. Piller shot 69, and Lee had a 71.
Thompson finished with a 74 and was at 4 under.
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 title of the season.
Kevin Sutherland shoots 1st 59 on Champions Tour
ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Kevin Sutherland has shot the first 59 in Champions Tour history.
The 50-year-old Sutherland had a chance to become the first player to card a 58 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event with a par on No. 18, but made his only bogey of the day. His par putt from about 6 feet slid just past the hole Saturday at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Sutherland opened with seven birdies and an eagle on the first eight holes. He had 12 birdies overall, including three straight coming into No. 18 to set up the chance for a 58.
He settled for a 13-under 59, after shooting 71 in Friday’s first round in his third Champions Tour event.
Sutherland owns one career PGA Tour title, winning the 2002 Match Play Championship.
Six players have shot a 59 on the PGA Tour.
Canadian, South Korean advance to US Amateur final
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Canadian Corey Conners and South Korean Gunn Yang to up the second straight all-foreign final in the U.S. Amateur on Saturday.
Conners beat Denny McCarthy of Rockville, Maryland, 1 up at Atlanta Athletic Club, and Yang edged Frederick Wedel of The Woodlands, Texas, in 19 holes.
Last year in the final at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick beat Australia’s Oliver Goss. Conners, from Listowel, Ontario, is the first Canadian to reach the final since Gary Cowan won his second title in 1971.
Conners, coming off his senior season at Kent State, had par wins on the par-5 12th and par-4 13th to take a two-hole lead. McCarthy, a senior at Virginia, won the par-4 16th with a birdie, and Conners halved the final two with pars to wrap up the match.
Yang, a sophomore at San Diego State, lost the 18th hole, then won with a 5-foot birdie putt on the 19th. Wedels is a junior at Pepperdine.
The finalists earned spots in the Masters next year, as long as they remain amateurs.
Warren joins Dredge in lead of Made in Denmark
AALBORG, Denmark — Scotland’s Marc Warren mastered strong winds to shoot a 5-under 66 on Saturday and join Bradley Dredge of Wales for a share of the lead after the third round of Made in Denmark.
Warren surged 12 places up the leaderboard to sit tied with Dredge on 6-under 207, three shots ahead of Garteh Maybin of Northern Ireland and England’s Simon Wakefield.
Dredge, a two-time winner of the European Tour, held a four-shot lead after the second round but only managed a 73 after mixing four bogeys with two birdies.
Warren had eight birdies and three bogeys.
Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, who is hoping to wrap up a Ryder Cup spot, also made a 73 to drop into a tie for eighth.
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