- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 28, 2009

ENDICOTT, N.Y. | Maybe it’s the brace.

Fred Funk, who was limping badly just a few days ago after playing the grueling U.S. Open on his bum right knee, shot a 65 on Saturday to gain a three-shot lead after two rounds at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Funk, who was fitted with a new brace Wednesday, had eight birdies to go with one bogey to reach 15-under 129 and open a lead on Ronnie Black, defending champion Eduardo Romero and Lonnie Nielsen (66). Black and Romero each shot 9-under 63s, the best rounds of the day.

Funk, a Takoma Park native, began the day with a two-shot lead and continued his stellar play. That he finished the round carrying an umbrella in a steady rain only made his smile a bit wider.

“My knee was horrible on Tuesday, and now it feels great,” said Funk, who matched his 36-hole low on the Champions Tour. “It’s fun to be able to play without pain. My game has picked up a few notches.”

Goydos rides birdie wave

CROMWELL, Conn. | Paul Goydos birdied five holes on the back nine for a one-stroke lead on Kenny Perry after the third round of the Travelers Championship.

Goydos’ 28-foot putt from off the green on the 16th highlighted a third-round 63, tying Hunter Mahan for the best round of the day.

Perry, who led after each of the first two rounds, had a seemingly comfortable three-stroke lead after birdies on 11 and 12. But he dropped a stroke on the 14th and Goydos took advantage, making four straight birdies starting on the par-5 13th.

After a rain delay of just more than an hour, both golfers parred in. Perry missed a 5-foot birdie try on 18 that would have given him a share of the lead minutes after Goydos misread the break on a 10-footer.

Shin widens advantage

ROCHESTER, N.Y. | Jiyai Shin shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to extend her lead to four strokes at the Wegmans LPGA.

Shin, seeking her fifth tour win in 11 months, moved to 16-under 200 after three rounds at Locust Hill.

Morgan Pressel, a two-time winner whose season-best finish was a tie for seventh in April, shot a 70 and was in second place at 12 under. That was one better than rookie Stacy Lewis, who also shot 70.

Goosen stays in lead

MUNICH | Retief Goosen shot a 5-under 67 to lead by two strokes after the third round of the BMW International Open.

The two-time U.S. Open champion totaled 17-under 199 at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried. Goosen hasn’t won on the European Tour since early 2007.

Bernhard Langer (65) is second. Nick Dougherty (68) and David Drysdale (68) are at 202.

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