Teen shoots 67 to move into contention at Nelson
IRVING, Texas (AP) – Jordan Spieth shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday at the Byron Nelson Championship, putting the 16-year-old high school junior within striking distance of the lead heading into the final round.
Spieth is at 6-under 204 in his PGA Tour debut, tied for seventh and only six shots behind leader Jason Day. The teenager on Friday became the sixth-youngest player to make a cut.
Tiger Woods just happens to be the last high school player in this tournament, back in 1993. He shot 77-72 and missed the cut as a 17-year-old, then came back four years later and became the event’s youngest winner.
Even if he doesn’t win, Spieth has plenty of other events to look forward to – a sponsor’s exemption into the Memphis PGA Tour stop in June, and in July he’ll defend his title at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
GLADSTONE, N.J. (AP) – Top-ranked Jiyai Shin knocked out Michelle Wie in the Sybase Match Play Championship quarterfinals, winning 2 and 1 on another humid day at hilly Hamilton Farm.
Shin will play Sun Young Yoo – a 2-and-1 winner over fourth-seeded Yani Tseng – in the semifinals Sunday morning. In the other quarterfinals, 10th-seeded Angela Stanford beat Catriona Matthew 5 and 3, and No. 30 Amy Yang edged Haeji Kang 1-up.
The 22-year-old Shin is chasing her first LPGA Tour title of the year after winning six times in the last two seasons. She also has 23 international victories.
WENTWORTH, England (AP) – England’s Chris Wood shot a 4-under 67 to take a two-shot lead over Robert Karlsson, who had a course-record 62 in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship.
Karlsson finished at 6-under 207, despite a quick turnaround from his home in Monaco after he thought he’d missed the cut. It’s the lowest round since the European PGA event was first played on the course in 1955. He’s tied for second with Danny Willett (70).
Karlsson flew home to Monaco on Friday before receiving a phone call saying he was playing on the weekend. He flew to Paris, slept for two hours, then paid $11,000 for a private jet to take him to London, arriving at the course an hour before tee time.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – John Riegger shot an 8-under 63 to take a five-shot lead after the third round of the Rex Hospital Open, while high school sophomore Grayson Murray fell off the pace at the Nationwide Tour event.
The 16-year-old Murray shot a 1-over 72 and is at 2 under for the tournament. He became the second-youngest player ever to make a Nationwide Tour cut on Friday.
Riegger is at 20 under, breaking the 54-hole tournament record by four strokes. The only player close to him is Chris Nallen, who shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday but is still five shots behind at TPC Wakefield Plantation.