ON THE LINKS Saturday’s professional golf results
Henrik Stenson shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Wyndham Championship. The 2013 FedEx Cup champion and 2016 British Open winner was at 16-under 194 at Sedgefield with a round left in the PGA Tour’s last regular-season event of the season. Webb Simpson, Kevin Na and Ollie Schniederjans were tied for second. Na shot a 65, Schniederjans had a 66 and Simpson — a North Carolina native who won at Sedgefield in 2011 — had a 68. Johnson Wagner was 14 under after a 65. Simpson had sole possession of the lead late in the round, before Stenson caught him during his birdie binge on the back nine. The Swede pulled even with Simpson with birdies on four of five holes, a run he capped by sticking his second shot on the par-4 17th some 10 feet from the hole and converting that putt. He could have ended his round with another one, but pulled his 15-foot birdie putt wide right and settled for par. Still, his 72-hole score is second-best in tournament play at Sedgefield, surpassed only by Carl Pettersson’s 191 in 2008. Simpson — a local favorite who grew up in Raleigh, played in college at nearby Wake Forest and named his third child Wyndham after that victory here — shared the 54-hole lead with Ryan Armour at 13 under. Simpson birdied his first hole, then reeled off 11 consecutive pars before briefly taking sole possession of the lead with birdies on the 13th and 15th holes. He sank a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 13 and two holes later, he settled for birdie after missing a 35-foot eagle putt on No. 15. Simpson could have caught Stenson on the 18th, but he pulled a 15-foot birdie putt left.
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS OPEN
Scott McCarron had two eagles in an 11-under 61 on Saturday to join Kevin Sutherland atop the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open leaderboard. Sutherland, the first-round leader, had a 67 to match McCarron at 12-under 132 at En-Joie. McCarron also had eight birdies and a bogey. He matched his career best set in 1999 in the PGA Tour’s Air Canada Championship. The 52-year-old McCarron has four PGA Tour Champions victories, winning the Allianz Championship in February and the major Senior Players Championship in July. He won three times on the PGA Tour. Joey Sindelar, from nearby Horseheads, shot his second straight 67 to join Jerry Smith (67) and Corey Pavin (68) at 10 under. Sindelar won the PGA Tour’s B.C. Open in 1985 and 1987 at En-Joie.
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA
Cristie Kerr has helped the U.S. take 7 1/2 to 4 1/2 lead over Europe in Solheim Cup and set a record for points by an American in the event. Kerr teamed with Lexi Thompson to beat Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Caroline Masson 5-and-3 in foursome play, giving Kerr 19 points in nine Solheim Cup appearances. Americans Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst defeated Mel Reid and Emily K. Pedersen 5-and-3 to briefly put the U.S. up by five points. Europe’s Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall beat Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller 2-and-1, and Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher also won 2-and-1 over Danielle Kang and Michelle Wie of the U.S.