Golf Roundup : King Stumbles, Falls Into Tie With Sheehan
Betsy King learned the hard way that it’s impossible to coast in a major golf championship.
King blew a three-stroke lead on the final two holes finished with a double-bogey-bogey finish Saturday, dropping her into a tie with Patty Sheehan in the third round of the U.S. Women’s Open at Lake Orion, Mich..
Sheehan had a two-under-par 69, while King shot a 72. They were tied at three-under-par 210, two shots ahead of Colleen Walker, the only other golfer under par.
Marie-Laure de Lorenzi-Taya, a French citizen living in Spain, who shot a 71, was next at 213.
King started four under par and got to seven under par with a birdie on the 13th hole, before the tough Scottish-style course began to strike back.
King, 33, began her collapse with a bogey at the 520-yard, par-five 15th hole, where she put her drive in the tall heather that lines Indianwood’s fairways.
On No. 17, a 188-yard, par-three, King missed her tee shot on the left side, left her second shot short and in the rough, then hit her third shot 10 feet past the hole. She two-putted from there.
King’s 150-yard second shot to the final green went 20 feet above the pin. She ran her first putt five feet past the hole and missed the comebacker.
Mike Hurlbert shot a three-under-par 68 to hold off Hal Sutton for a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Anheuser-Busch tournament at Williamsburg, Va.
Hurlbert has a total of 14-under-par 199. Sutton, seeking his first win in three years, came from four strokes back with a 65.
Walter Zembriski rode a five-birdie front nine to a five-under-par 66 and a tie with defending champion Orville Moody for the lead after two rounds of the Greater Grand Rapids Open senior tournament at Grand Rapids, Mich. Moody shot a 70.
The leaders were at eight-under-par 134, one stroke ahead of Dale Douglass, who had a 69.
Mike Allen, who had never finished higher than fifth in three years on the European tour, holed shots from off the green three times in a round of eight-under-par 63 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory in the Scottish Open at Gleneagles.
Allen, 30, a native of San Francisco who lives in Phoenix and does not play on the U.S. PGA Tour, had a 272 total and earned $80,000.
Ian Woosnam of Wales and Jose-Maria Olazabal of Spain tied for second place.