PROFESSIONAL GOLF


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Saturday’s events

MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP

MEXICO CITY

Shubhankar Sharma held his nerve to the end and held a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Mexico Championship. Now the 21-year-old from India has to hold off a few of golf’s biggest names. Sharma holed a 15-foot par putt on the final hole at Chapultepec Golf Club for a 2-under 69, leaving him 18 holes away from capping off his amazing rise. Three months ago, he had yet to win a tournament and was ranked No. 462 in the world. A victory would likely put him in the top 25. Two shots behind were Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, along with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Tyrrell Hatton. Another shot back was Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world and defending champion.

COLOGUARD CLASSIC

TUCSON, ARIZ.

Steve Stricker lost the Cologuard Classic lead Saturday when he drove into the water on the par-5 18th in a closing double bogey. A year after losing a chance to win the event in his PGA Tour Champions debut when his 3-wood went left into the water on the final hole, Stricker did it again. Stricker ended up with a 3-under 70, leaving him a stroke behind Tommy Tolles with a round left on Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course. Tolles bogeyed 18 for a 70 after following Stricker into the water. Tolles had an 11-under 135 total. Scott Dunlap, tied for the first-round lead with Tolles, was tied with Stricker at 10 under after a 71. Rocco Mediate (65) and Doug Garwood (68) were 9 under. Stricker finished behind Tom Lehman last year, blowing a two-shot lead on the final three holes. The 12-time PGA Tour winner tied for second two weeks in Florida in the Chubb Classic, his fifth top-three finish in seven career senior starts. Mike Small, the University of Illinois coach playing on a sponsor exemption, followed his opening 66 with a 73 to drop into a tie for 10th at 7 under. Lehman was 3 under after a 72, and Bernhard Langer had a 77 to drop to 1 under.

TSHWANE OPEN

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

George Coetzee opened a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Tshwane Open after a 3-under 68. The overnight leader fired five birdies and two bogeys in his home city — and on the course where he’s a member — to move to 14 under overall. Mikko Korhonen and Sam Horsfield are tied for second. Korhonen kept up the pressure with a 69 at Pretoria Country Club to go 12 under. Horsfield shot up the leaderboard with a 7-under 64 that started with four straight birdies.

Coetzee is looking for a fourth European Tour title and a second at the Tshwane Open after winning this event in 2015. All of his previous wins have come on African soil.

HSBC WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

SINGAPORE

Nelly Korda shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the LPGA Tour’s Women’s World Championship after Danielle Kang made her first bogeys of the tournament to slip back into second place after three rounds. Korda, whose sister Jessica won the LPGA event in Thailand last week, had eight birdies and one bogey as she finished on 15-under 201 heading into the final round at the Sentosa Golf Club. Kang started the day leading by four strokes and finished trailing Korda by one after a 70. She dropped her first shot of the tournament on the 15th after going 50 holes without making a bogey, then made another bogey on 18. Brooke Henderson had a bogey-free 65, matching Korda for the low round of the day, to join Minjee Lee (68) in a tie for third at 11-under.

Associated Press

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