- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - The first time Jordan Spieth saw Albany Golf Club, he predicted Bubba Watson would love the place because it looked so open off the tee.

With virtually no wind, Watson showed just how much he liked it Saturday in the Hero World Challenge. He had seven birdies, holed out a 7-iron for eagle and matched the course record with a 9-under 63 to build a two-shot lead over Paul Casey going into the final round.

The record he tied belonged to Casey, who shot his 63 about 10 minutes earlier.

Tee times were moved up Saturday to avoid a forecast of thunderstorms in the afternoon. With little wind, there was no stopping a world-class field from having their way on the Ernie Els design on the far end of New Providence island.

Watson was at 19-under 197, one short of the 54-hole tournament record Spieth set last year on his way to a 10-shot victory at Isleworth. This is the first time the World Challenge is being played at Albany after one year at Isleworth and 14 years at Sherwood Country Club in California.

Patrick Reed and Chris Kirk each shot 66 to reach 15 under.

Spieth, in a three-way tie for the lead with Jimmy Walker and Bill Haas at the start of the day, had a 68 and fell four shots behind.

AUSTRALIAN PGA

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) - American Harold Varner III shot a 6-under 66 in gusty conditions to move into a three-way tie for the lead in the Australian PGA.

Varner bounced his approach shot off the 18th-hole grandstand but scrambled to make par for the best round of the day. He had a 3-under 213 total at Royal Pines.

Varner and Tiger Woods are only players of black heritage on the PGA Tour.

South Africans Dylan Frittelli and Zander Lombard each shot 71 to tie Varner.

NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) - Australia’s Marc Leishman birdied the last two holes for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson in the Nedbank Challenge.

Leishman had a 14-under 202 total at Gary Player Country Club.

Stenson had a 70. He won the 2008 event.

South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl was third at 10 under after a 72.

LPGA TOUR QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - China’s Simin Feng shot a 3-under 69 on the Hills Course to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

The 20-year-old Feng shot had a 15-under 272 total at LPGA International. The top 20 finishers Sunday will earn full LPGA Tour cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive conditional status.

Cydney Clanton and South Korea’s Julie Yang were tied for second. Yang had a 71 on the Jones Course, and Clanton shot a 72 on the Hills Course.

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