Fowler, Watney share lead |

Fowler, Watney share lead

The Associated Press

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Before he even teed off, Rickie Fowler knew this was going to be a different day at the AT&T National. The course record already had been matched, with several other low rounds in progress at suddenly soft Aronimink Golf Club.

One thought crossed his mind: Go time.

That’s the message Fowler always puts on Twitter right before he plays, and off he went. He birdied six of his opening 10 holes – and missed two other chances inside 10 feet. He wound up with a 6-under 64 on Saturday and a share of the lead with Nick Watney, who set the course record with a 62 – shooting 27 on the back nine.

That broke the record of 63 that Steve Marino had about 20 minutes earlier. Marino had matched the record that Chris Kirk posted about an hour before that.

Fowler and Watney were at 9-under 201, one shot ahead of 36-hole leader K.J. Choi (69).

Montreal Championship

BLAINVILLE, Quebec – Taiwan’s Lu Chien-soon shot a 9-under 63 to match the course record and take a one-stroke lead over John Cook after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship.

The 51-year-old Lu bogeyed the opening hole, then had 10 birdies in a 13-hole stretch from Nos. 5 to 17 to reach 16 under at Fontainebleau Golf Club. He tied the course record set last year by D.A. Weibring in the inaugural tournament and matched Friday by Cook and John Huston.

French Open

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – England’s Mark Foster shot a 3-under 68 for a share of the third-round lead with countryman James Morrison in the French Open.

Morrison had a 72 to match Foster at 9-under 204.

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay (68) was a stroke back. German star Martin Kaymer, the 2009 winner, and France’s Thomas Levet were three strokes back after 67s.

U.S. Amateur Public Links

BANDON, Ore. – Clemson’s Corbin Mills became the first qualifying medalist to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 11 years, holing a 5-foot par putt on the 37th hole to finish off UNLV’s Derek Ernst.

The 21-year-old Mills, from Easley, S.C., is the first qualifying medalist to win the title since former Clemson star D.J. Trahan in 2000. He squared the match with a conceded eagle on the 35th hole and matched Ernst with a par on the 36th to force the extra hole on Bandon Dunes’ Old Macdonald course.

The 21-year-old Ernst, from Clovis, Calif., won the 2010 and 2011 Mountain West Conference titles.

Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links

BANDON, Ore. (AP) – UCLA’s Brianna Do won the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links, beating Texas high school star Marissa Dodd 1-up in the 36-hole final on Bandon Dunes’ Old Macdonald course.

The 21-year-old Do was born in California but represented her parents’ home country of Vietnam this week.

The 17-year-old Dodd, from Allen, Texas, has committed to play for Wake Forest in the fall.