- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 30, 2009

From combined dispatches

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | Fairfax native Steve Marino ran off three straight birdies late in the third round Saturday for a 3-under 68 to catch Paul Goydos for a share of the lead at the Barclays and give himself another shot at his first PGA Tour victory.

On a Liberty National course shortened by 355 yards, a bunch of other players felt the same way about their chances.

Even Tiger Woods.

Despite missing six putts inside 12 feet - one of them for eagle - Woods made two big pars on the back nine and shot a 67 that left him five shots out of the lead going into the final round.

Goydos made his move early with three straight birdies that put him atop the leader board throughout most of the day. On holes in which everyone was picking up birdies, however, Goydos settled for pars at a 68.

Goydos and Marino were at 9-under 204, two shots clear of 24-year-old rookie Webb Simpson (72) and Fredrik Jacobson (68). Steve Stricker had a 68 and was three shots behind at 207.

The Barclays is the only PGA Tour event Woods has played at least three times without finishing in the top 10. He was among 11 players separated by five shots going into the final round.

Marino lost in a playoff at Colonial this year, and he shared the 36-hole lead with Tom Watson at the British Open. He figures that being in the mix for a title can only serve him well, and Marino should find out how much on Sunday.

Simpson, who was in Q-school eight months ago, is trying to become the first rookie to win on the PGA Tour this year. He did well to stay in contention after badly pulling his tee shot into the water on the par-3 11th and taking triple bogey.

Woods, however, also has company. After getting up-and-down from 190 yards for par on the 13th, and making a 12-foot par putt on his final hole, he was at 4-under 209 along with Padraig Harrington and Zach Johnson.

An, Martin make final

TULSA, Okla. | Byeong-Hun An will face fourth-seeded Ben Martin in his bid to become the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur.

After being 1 down heading to the 13th hole, the 17-year-old South Korean won four straight holes to close out a 3-and-2 victory against Fresno State sophomore Bhavik Patel.

Martin took a 4-up lead through six holes as Texas senior Charlie Holland got off to a sloppy start, and he cruised to a 5-and-4 victory.

McNulty works out hitch

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. | Mark McNulty went to the range after the first round of the Boeing Classic to try to figure out how a sizzling first nine holes got away from him.

McNulty apparently solved the problem and didn’t make the same mistake in the second round. McNulty shot a 7-under 65 and shares the lead heading to Sunday’s final round.

Loren Roberts had four birdies in his final six holes to match McNulty’s 65 and finish at 11 under.

Nordqvist takes edge

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. | Rookie Anna Nordqvist’s 3-under 69 moved her into a 1-shot lead over Seon Hwa Lee and Ai Miyazato going into the final round of the Safeway Classic.

Nordqvist, who won the LPGA Championship earlier this year, was at 10-under 134 after the first two rounds.

Miyazato had three straight birdies on Nos. 8-10, all par-5 holes, to edge up the leader board with a 68.

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