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The Associated Press
Date
June 21, 2014

Golf Capsules

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Michelle Wie steadied herself with pars over the last four holes on a wild Saturday in the U.S. Women’s Open, leaving the former teen prodigy from Hawaii in position for her first major title.

Wie made back-to-back birdies to build a four-shot lead, only to give it all back with drives all over Pinehurst No. 2. She salvaged a 2-over 72 for a share of the lead with Amy Yang, who didn’t make a par until the eighth hole in her roller-coaster round of 68.

They were at 2-under 208, the only two players still under par on a Pinehurst No. 2 course that was crispy and brittle. The USGA set the course up relative to what the men faced last Saturday in the U.S. Open — short but tough because of the pin positions.

The big surprise was the tournament-best 66 from Juli Inkster, the 53-year-old Hall of Famer who has said this will be her 35th and final U.S. Women’s Open. Inkster, who hasn’t made the cut in this championship in five years, was tied for third just four shots behind.

Na Yeon Choi had a 71 and was in the group with Inkster at 2-over 212 along with Stephanie Meadow (69) and 18-year-old amateur Minjee Lee of Australia (72).

Lexi Thompson, who won the first LPGA major of the year in a final-round duel with Wie, had a 74 to drop five shots behind at 3 over. So Yeon Ryu, who played her final 10 holes in 3 under for a 70, and Karrie Webb, who went the final 12 holes without a bogey for a 70, also were 3 over.

TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Ryan Moore had an eagle and two birdies in a bogey-free 4-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Aaron Baddeley in the Travelers Championship.

The 31-year-old Moore had a 13-under 197 total at TPC River Highlands after opening with rounds of 63 and 68. He won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia at the start of the season in October for his third PGA Tour title.

Moore eagled the par-5 sixth, holing a 37-foot putt from just off the green.

Baddeley had six birdies and a bogey in a 65.

Sergio Garcia, K.J. Choi, Scott Langley and Michael Putnam were tied for third at 11 under. Garcia had a 65, Choi shot 69, Langley 70 and Putnam 69.

ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP

GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Tom Lehman opened a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 66 before play was suspended because of a thunderstorm.

Lehman had a 13-under 131 total at North Shore Country Club, playing the first 36 holes without a bogey. The 55-year-old Minnesotan won the last of his seven senior titles in 2012.

Thirty-one players were unable to finish the round.

Kirk Triplett, John Inman, Roger Chapman and Bart Bryant were 10 under. Triplett and Inman shot 67, Chapman had a 68, and Bryant had two holes left when play was washed out for the day. Bryant was 5 under for the day.

IRISH OPEN

CORK, Ireland (AP) — Finland’s Mikko Ilonen birdied the final hole for a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Irish Open.

Ilonen had a 12-under 201 total at Fota Island.

England’s Danny Willett shot a course-record 8-under 63, making a hole-in-one on the seventh, to move into second place. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was 10 under after a 69.

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