ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. (AP) - Three weeks after they were on stage together for the closing ceremony at the Ryder Cup, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk wound up together in a place few people would have imagined _ in the final pairing at the McGladrey Classic, both wanting a win for different reasons.
Love made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday for a 4-under 66, giving him a share of the lead with Furyk, who also had a 66 by doing most of his work early. He made a 45-foot birdie putt over a slight ridge on the second hole, added three more birdies through six holes, and settled for eight pars at the end.
They were at 13-under 197, two shots clear of Arjun Atwal (69) and D.J. Trahan (66), two players who could avoid a return to Q-school with a big week at Sea Island.
Love, the 48-year-old tournament host and a Sea Island resident since he was 14, has gone four years without winning. Ryder Cup captains typically are at the end of their careers; the last American to win after being a captain was Tom Watson in 1996.
Furyk spoke openly this week about how even a win at the McGladrey Classic couldn’t erase a lot of sour memories this year, particularly his failure to close out wins at the U.S. Open and the Bridgestone Invitational, along with a 1-up lead over Sergio Garcia with two holes to play at the Ryder Cup.
The Norwegian was 13 under on Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course. She opened with a course-record 63.
South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu was second after a 70. Top-ranked Yani Tseng, the defending champion, was 7 under along with Germany’s Sandra Gal and South Korea’s Se Ri Pak. Pak had a 67, Gal shot 68, and Tseng 70.
PERTH, Australia (AP) _ Bo Van Pelt shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over fellow American Jason Dufner after the third round of the Perth International.
Van Pelt had a 12-under 204 total at Lake Karrinyup. Dufner also had a 67,
Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, the second-round leader, was 10 under after a 73.
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