PRO GOLF Saturday’s roundup


Champions

Perry shoots 12-under 60 for lead at 3M Championship

Blaine Minn.

Across the Atlantic Ocean last weekend, Kenny Perry was already looking ahead to this weekend’s 3M Championship.

With all his accomplishments at the TPC Twin Cities, who could blame him?

Perry shot a 12-under-par 60 Saturday and leads the PGA Tour Champions event by five shots over Glen Day.

Perry won the event in 2014 and 2015 and has finished worse than seventh once in seven appearances.

Hale Irwin is the only three-time winner of the tournament, in its 26th and final year. The tournament will be replaced by the PGA Tour’s 3M Open next July.

Tom Gillis (67), Lee Janzen (68) and Jerry Smith (70) are at 10 under. Smith, who had a two-shot lead after the first round one, opened with nine straight pars before a bogey on No. 10.

Tom Lehman shot 66 and is among four players nine shots back.

Perry leads the tour in driving distance at just over 300 yards — 24 yards above the tour average — and with wide fairways, Perry need not hold back, leading to shorter irons into greens that received nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain overnight.

Perry started with three birdies in five holes before an eagle at the par-5 sixth. He birdied Nos. 12, 13, 16 and 17 on the back nine before the eagle at 18.

LPGA

Pornanong keeps lead at Women’s British Open

Lytham St. Annes, England

Pornanong Phatlum made the Royal Lytham course sing for her again as she held on to her overnight one-shot lead of the Women’s British Open after the third round on Saturday.

Pornanong has been singing Thai songs in her head to calm herself on a links course she admits to struggling on. Though any struggling hasn’t been apparent, yet.

She birdied the third, sixth, eighth, and 11th holes, and dropped her first shot of the major on the par-3 12th, a bogey. It added up to a solid 3-under-par 69 and the prospect of a first win on the LPGA Tour, let alone a first major title.

She was at 13 under overall, one stroke ahead of playing partner Georgina Hall of England, whose scrambling through an erratic round kept her in contention also for a first major title. She birdied three of the last four holes to join Pornanong in the final group today.

Ryu So-yeon was third at 11 under, one shot behind Hall after climbing the leaderboard with a run of six birdies from the fifth to the 12th.

Two-time major champion Park Sung-hyun (69) was a further shot back with Mamiko Higa (71) and Minjee Lee (71).

Higa is aiming to become the first female Japanese golfer to win a major title since 1977.

Associated Press

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