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Watney takes 1-stroke lead at Wyndham

Published August 17, 2014 10:58 am

Golf • Birdie putt puts him ahead, but 2nd-round co-leaders still close behind.
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Greensboro, N.C. • Not many players birdied the tricky final hole at the Wyndham Championship on Saturday.

Nick Watney did it to top the leaderboard.

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 one-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.

"I've been trying to keep it pretty simple — a lot of fairways and greens, and I've been able to do that so far," Watney said. "I'm super excited about going into tomorrow with the lead. ... I'm looking forward to everything that comes with it, all the emotions and wanting to do well and whatnot. Learning how to handle that is a big thing, and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Brad Fritsch was second after a 65.

Freddie Jacobson and second-round co-leader Heath Slocum were 12 under. Jacobson shot a 66, and Slocum had a 68.

Former Wyndham winners Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson joined second-round co-leader Scott Langley at 11 under in the final event of the PGA Tour's regular season. Snedeker and Simpson shot 66, and Langley had a 69.

Fritsch was the first to 13 under, but Watney joined him with a birdie on the par-5 15th — his second of the week on that hole.

Then came the sequence that gave him sole possession of the lead, and it came on the second-toughest hole of the day.

Watney plopped his fairway shot from 180 yards onto the right edge of the green, then calmly rolled in his putt for just the fifth birdie of the day on 18.

"It's a hard hole as it is, and they put the pin on that back right little knob," Watney said. "It's a bonus and I'm very happy with it."

That put him in great position for his second top-10 finish of the year and his first victory since he won The Barclays in 2012.

Champions Tour

Kevin Sutherland shot the first 59 in Champions Tour history Saturday at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.

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.

Sutherland opened with seven birdies and an eagle on the first eight holes. He had 12 birdies overall.


Brittany Lincicome maintained her lead Saturdayin Pittsford, N.Y., after three rounds of the LPGA Championship, the tour's fourth major championship of the season.

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. —

Saturday's scores

Wyndham Championship

At Sedgefield Country Club

Greensboro, N.C.

Purse • $5.3 million

Yardage • 7,127; Par • 70

Third-round leaders

Nick Watney 67-64-65—196

Brad Fritsch 69-63-65—197

Freddie Jacobson 68-64-66—198

Heath Slocum 65-65-68—198

Brandt Snedeker 68-65-66—199

Webb Simpson 64-69-66—199

Scott Langley 65-65-69—199

Andres Romero 70-66-64—200

Bill Haas 68-66-66—200

Kevin Kisner 69-64-67—200

Camilo Villegas 63-69-68—200

Bo Van Pelt 67-65-68—200

Martin Laird 65-66-69—200

Ricky Barnes 66-69-66—201

Will Wilcox 67-67-67—201

Jhonattan Vegas 67-65-69—201

Andrew Svoboda 67-64-70—201

Roberto Castro 71-66-65—202

Josh Teater 67-69-66—202

Jason Allred 69-66-67—202

Robert Streb 69-66-67—202

Justin Bolli 67-68-67—202

Paul Casey 65-69-68—202

D.A. Points 67-65-70—202

Brian Stuard 66-65-71—202

Stuart Appleby 68-69-66—203

Sang-Moon Bae 69-68-66—203

Doug LaBelle II 72-65-66—203

David Toms 67-69-67—203

Tim Clark 67-67-69—203

Scott Piercy 70-64-69—203

Johnson Wagner 66-67-70—203

Andrew Loupe 65-68-70—203

William McGirt 64-68-71—203

Carl Pettersson 67-65-71—203

Kevin Foley 69-68-67—204

Jeff Overton 70-67-67—204

Francesco Molinari 69-67-68—204

J.J. Henry 66-70-68—204

Steve Marino 66-69-69—204

Brian Davis 69-65-70—204

LPGA Championship

At Monroe Golf Club

Pittsford, N.Y.

Purse • $2.25 million

Yardage • 6,720; Par • 72

Third-round leaders

Brittany Lincicome 67-68-71—206 -10

Suzann Pettersen 71-69-67—207 -9

Inbee Park 72-66-69—207 -9

Mirim Lee 69-71-69—209 -7

Gerina Piller 72-69-69—210 -6

Lydia Ko 70-69-71—210 -6

Meena Lee 66-73-71—210 -6

Anna Nordqvist 69-73-69—211 -5

Shanshan Feng 68-72-71—211 -5

Jane Park 70-69-72—211 -5

Tiffany Joh 70-72-70—212 -4

Azahara Munoz 71-70-71—212 -4

Julieta Granada 75-65-72—212 -4

Beatriz Recari 70-70-72—212 -4

Lexi Thompson 66-72-74—212 -4

Champions Tour

At En-Joie Golf Club

Endicott, N.Y.

Purse • $1.85 million

Yardage • 6,957; Par • 72 (37-35)

Second-round leaders

Kevin Sutherland 71-59 — 130 -14

Steve Lowery 66-65 — 131 -13

John Cook 65-67 — 132 -12

Scott Hoch 69-64 — 133 -11

Bernhard Langer 67-67 — 134 -10

John Riegger 67-67 — 134 -10

Olin Browne 65-69 — 134 -10

Colin Montgomerie 68-67 — 135 -9

Mark O'Meara 68-67 — 135 -9

Rod Spittle 68-67 — 135 -9

Billy Andrade 68-67 — 135 -9

Wes Short, Jr. 68-67 — 135 -9

Jeff Sluman 67-68 — 135 -9

Scott Dunlap 67-68 — 135 -9

Dick Mast 67-68 — 135 -9

David Frost 66-69 — 135 -9






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