- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Jason Day hit only three fairways and still managed a 1-under 69 to share the lead Saturday with Scott Piercy at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Day hoped to try to expand his one-shot lead at Firestone. Instead, he goes into the final round of this World Golf Championship in a tie with Piercy, who had a 67 and is coming off a runner-up finish in the U.S. Open.

Day and Piercy were at 5-under 205.

Seven players were separated by just three shots going into the final round. That includes U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, who had a 66 and was only three shots behind.

Jordan Spieth also was in the mix until a triple bogey on the 16th hole sent him to a 71. He was five shots back.

LPGA PORTLAND CLASSIC

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Defending champion Brooke Henderson continued her mastery of Columbia Edgewater Country Club, shooting a 70 to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Cambia Portland Classic.

The 18-year-old Canadian, who claimed her first LPGA Tour win a year ago in Portland, was at 13-under 203 heading into Sunday’s final round. Henderson leads Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe, who is 11-under after a 71.

Henderson, who three weeks ago won the Women’s PGA Championship, has shared or held the outright Portland lead the past six rounds. Henderson was aiming to become the first back-to-back Portland winner since Annika Sorenstam in 2002-03.

Uribe was looking for her first LPGA Tour win. In her sixth year on tour, Uribe’s best finish was third at the 2015 Manulife Classic.

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, tied for the lead with Henderson after the second round, faded to 9-under following a 74. Pettersen was the only player among the top 15 players who didn’t break par Saturday. Also at 9-under was 2014 Portland champion Austin Ernst following a 69.

FRENCH OPEN

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) - Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand had a 3-under 68 for a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the French Open.

Rory McIlroy and South Korea’s Wang Jeung-hun had 1-under 70s.

Jaidee played consistently with three birdies, but McIlroy’s third round was erratic. The four-time major winner had six birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey.

Wang’s round featured three bogeys and four birdies.

BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Greg Chalmers birdied five of the final six holes to increase his lead to six points in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event.

The 42-year-old Australian had seven birdies and a bogey for a 15-point round and 39-point total at Montreux in the scoring system that awards eight points for double eagle, five points for eagle, two points for birdie and deducts a point for bogey and three points for double bogey or worse.

Ben Martin and Gary Woodland were tied for second. Martin had eight birdies in a 16-point round, the best score of the week. Woodland had an 11-point round. He won the 2013 event for the last of his two PGA Tour titles.

Chalmers, Martin and most of the players are fighting for a spot in the British Open in two weeks at Royal Troon in Scotland. Because of the West Virginia floods that led to The Greenbrier Classic being canceled next week, a spot was transferred to the leading player not already eligible at Montreux. Woodland was the only player in the top 23 who has already qualified for the Open.

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