MEMPHIS, Tenn. — U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III shot his third straight 2-under 68 on Saturday to join Nick O’Hern and John Merrick atop the leaderboard at the windy St. Jude Classic.
Love only committed to play in Memphis recently, waiting to make sure he was healthy enough to use this event as a final tuneup for the U.S. Open after qualifying Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Love, who hasn’t won since 2008, had three birdies and only one bogey Saturday to match O’Hern and Merrick at 6-under 204. O’Hern had a 67, and Merrick shot a 69.
Rory McIlroy, who will try to defend his U.S. Open title next week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, had a one-stroke lead when he teed off. He shot a 2-over 72 in a round that featured six bogeys and four birdies, dropping him to 5 under.
Dustin Johnson, making his second start after a 2 1/2-month layoff recovering from back pain, was also at 5 under after a 67.
Ji on top at LPGA Championship
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Eun-Hee Ji shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over Karrie Webb after the third round of the LPGA Championship.
Ji was 4 under at Locust Hill. Webb had a 68, matching Ji for the best round of the tournament.
Giulia Sergas, who shared the first-round lead but had a 76 on Friday in the wind-swept second round, moved back near the top with four birdies on the front nine and also finished with a 69. Sergas was tied at 2 under with Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen and Inbee Park. Lewis, a two-time winner in her last three events, had a 70, Pettersen shot a 71, and Park had a 72.
Paula Creamer was at or near the top most of the day, but faltered at the end and finished with a 73. She was in a seven-way tie at 1 under. Defending champion Yani Tseng had her best round of the three days, finishing with at 74 after a 76 and a 75.
Lehman up by two strokes at Tradition
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Defending champion Tom Lehman shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Regions Tradition, a Champions Tour major.
Lehman had a 10-under 206 total at Shoal Creek. Peter Senior, a playoff loser to Lehman last year, and Jeff Sluman were tied for second. Senior shot 66, and Sluman fired a 70 on an overcast, gusty and sometimes drizzly day.
Bill Glasson held the lead for all but the tournament’s first hole coming into the day, but fell three shots back with a 74.
Glasson was tied with Russ Cochran, Brad Bryant and Fred Funk. Bryant and Funk shot 71, and Cochran had a 72.
Westwood wins third Nordea Masters title
BRO, Sweden — England’s Lee Westwood won the Nordea Masters for the third time for his 22nd European Tour title, closing with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory.
The third-ranked Westwood finished at 19 under 269 at Bro Hof Slott. He also won the event in 1996 and 2000. England’s Ross Fisher was second after a 71.