ON THE LINKS Saturday’s pro golf results
Koepka improves chances for No 1, leads CJ Cup by 4
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea
Brooks Koepka has improved his chances of taking over as the No. 1 golfer in the world, shooting a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.
Koepka had a three-round total of 13-under 203. Ian Poulter, who shot 68 Saturday, was tied for second place with second-round leader Scott Piercy, who had a 72.
Koepka, who trailed by one stroke after two rounds, will move to the top of the world rankings if he wins the tournament and former No. 1 Justin Thomas does not finish any better than second.
Thomas shot a 71 Saturday and is at 1-under, 11 strokes behind Koepka and tied for 43rd.
Ciganda fires 67 to share top spot at Shanghai
Carlota Ciganda of Spain fired a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai.
Ciganda carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 18th to finish tied with overnight leader Kim at 11-under 205. Kim shot a 71 with four bogeys and five birdies.
Angel Yin also birdied the final hole for a 68 and was a further stroke back with Brittany Altomare (69), Danielle Kang (71) and Ariya Jutanugarn (71).
Local favorite Yu Liu was in sole possession of seventh place with a 69.
Hass shoots 7-under 65 to open Tour playoff
Jay Haas shot a 7-under 65 — missing his age by a stroke — to take a two-shot lead Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions’ playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
Trying to become the oldest winner in tour history, the 64-year-old Haas birdied the par-5 16th and 18th holes to get to 11-under 133 on The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course.
Stephen Ames and Scott Dunlap were tied for second. Ames had a 67, and Dunlap shot 68.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer had a 66 to join Billy Mayfair (67) and Woody Austin (68) at 9 under.
The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 today will get spots in next week’s Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, California.