ON THE LINKS Saturday’s pro golf roundup


Kim takes 5-shot lead at John Deere Classic


Michael Kim took a five-shot lead at the John Deere Classic in a third round delayed twice for a total of roughly four hours because of bad weather and concerns over lightning.

Kim, who has just one top-10 finish in 84 career PGA Tour starts, shot a 7-under 64 — closing with four straight birdies — for a three-day total of 22-under 191.

Bronson Burgoon (66) is 17 under and Australian Matt Jones (66) is 16 under.

Harold Varner III (66) is alone in fourth place at 15 under. Andres Romero of Argentina is 14 under after shooting 64, as is Sam Ryder (67).

Tyler Duncan had the day’s best round with a 63.


McCarron, Maggert, Bryant tied for lead


Defending champion Scott McCarron and Bart Bryant shot matching 65s to move into a share of the lead with Jeff Maggert at the Constellation Senior Players Championship.

McCarron birdied two of the final four holes at Exmoor Country Club for a three-round total of 16-under 200 in the fourth of five majors on the PGA Tour Champions schedule. Last year, he rallied to win the event at Caves Valley near Baltimore.

Maggert, who led most of the day, shot 66.

Vijay Singh (66) was one shot back. Three-time champion Bernhard Langer (67) and Illinois golf coach Mike Small (66) were another shot behind, and Scott Parel (70) was in a group at 13 under.


Henderson has lead at Marathon Classic


Brooke Henderson birdied the 17th hole after a so-so back nine, finishing with a 2-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead at the Marathon Classic.

The late birdie moved the 20-year-old Canadian out of a tie for the lead as she seeks her second win this season. Henderson is at 11-under 202 after three rounds at Highland Meadows.

Angela Stanford and Brittany Lincicome are one stroke behind. Stanford vaulted into contention with a 6-under 65, which tied for the low round of the day. Lincicome had a 4-under 67, including birdies on two of the final three holes.

This is the fifth time in Henderson’s career she has held the 54-hole lead. She went on to win on three of the four prior occasions.

Jacqui Concolino is two strokes back while 11 players are three back, including defending champion I.K. Kim and NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho. The Wake Forest player is in the field on a sponsor’s exemption.


Laura Davies shoots 66 for third-round lead


Laura Davies has a five-shot lead after three rounds of the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The British golfer, who is in the World Golf Hall of Fame, birdied six holes as she shot a 7-under 66. Davies, who is at 11-under 208 for the tournament, took control with a 60-foot, twisting, downhill eagle putt on the par-5 12th hole.

Until Saturday, no player had scored in the 60s over the par-73, 6,088-yard Chicago Golf Club. Not only did Davies do it with a women’s course record, but American Juli Inkster moved into second with a 5-under 68. Inkster finished her round with a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 18.

After two rounds, Davies had been tied with fellow Brit Trish Johnson at 4-under 142. Johnson shot par Saturday and dropped seven back into third at 215.

Danielle Ammaccapane is fourth at 1-under 217 and Barb Mucha is fifth at 1-over 220.


Knox surges into lead at Scottish Open

GULLANE, Scotland

An 11-hour sleep and a hearty Scottish breakfast sparked the latest impressive round in Russell Knox’s glorious summer of golf, putting him in contention to seal back-to-back wins on the European Tour.

Knox mastered the windiest conditions of the week over the Gullane links to shoot a 4-under 66 in the third round, leaving him two strokes off surprise leader Jens Dantorb (68) and one behind a six-way tie for second place in the event used as a tune-up for next week’s British Open.

The Scotsman doesn’t want this summer to end. After placing 12th at the U.S. Open last month for his best finish at a major, Knox was runner-up at the French Open and then won the Irish Open last week thanks to consecutive 40-foot birdie putts on the 72nd hole and first playoff hole.

Now, he’s got a great chance to win his home championship, a week before heading to the British Open also in Scotland. On a day when Robert Rock — the overnight leader by two shots on 13 under — plunged down the field after a 76, Knox found himself tied for eighth place and among the lead groups teeing off late today because of TV scheduling.

Associated Press

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