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Seeking first Texas win, Jordan Spieth is up by one at Colonial

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Jordan Spieth plays a bunker shot at the eighth green during the third round Friday.
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Jordan Spieth shot a five-under-par 65, even while missing a lot of fairways and a few greens, to take the third-round lead Saturday at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. 

The second-ranked Spieth was alone in the lead at the Dean & Deluca Invitational after three birdies and a huge par save in a four-hole stretch in the middle of his round. At 12-under 198, he was one stroke ahead of Colonial member Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson. 

Palmer overcame consecutive early bogeys to shoot 66. Simpson shot 67 after three-foot par putt at the 18th hole for a share of the lead lipped out of the cup. 

None of Spieth’s seven PGA Tour victories have come in his home state of Texas. The 22-year-old Dallas native tied for second at Hogan’s Alley last year, one of his three runner-up finishes in the state. 

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Spieth hit only three of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation. He drove into the rough and was short of the green on his approach at No. 18, but held his hand over his mouth in some disbelief after his nine-foot par chance slid by the hole for his only bogey. 

After a 12-foot birdie at No. 9 to make the turn at 10 under, Spieth’s approach at No. 10 went over the green before pitching to within about nine feet and making that putt to save par. He then chipped in from off the front of the green at the 615-yard 11th and hit his approach within a foot at the 12th for another birdie and stayed along at top of the leaderboard after that. 

Spieth went into the final round last weekend at the Byron Nelson alone in second place before a closing 74 that left him tied for 18th in the Irving event where six years ago he played his first PGA Tour as a 16-year-old amateur and tied for 16th. 

Mediate has two-shot lead at Senior PGA Championship 

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Rocco Mediate shot an even-par 71 in tricky wind conditions during the Senior PGA Championship to take a two-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie into the final round. 

Four strokes ahead at a tournament-record 14 under entering the day, Mediate had three birdies and three bogeys — his first of the week — at Jack Nicklaus-designed Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. He matched the course and tournament records with an opening 62 and had a 66 on Friday. 

At 14-under 199, the 53-year-old Mediate tied the tournament 54-hole record of set by Sam Snead in 1973 at PGA National and matched by Roger Chapman in 2012 at Harbor Shores. Mediate is attempting to become the first wire-to-wire winner in the event since Jack Nicklaus in 1991 at PGA National. 

Montgomerie had a 68 to reach 12 under. The 52-year-old Scot won the major championship in 2014 at Harbor Shores and last year at French Lick Resort in Indiana. He also won the 2014 U.S. Senior Open. 

Club pro John DalCorobbo was third at 11 under after a 69. The 51-year-old DalCorobbo is a PGA assistant professional at Brickyard Crossing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the Senior PGA Professional in October to top the club pro qualifiers. 

Tom Lehman, Kirk Triplett and Brandt Jobe were 10 under, all shooting 69. Bernhard Langer had a 71 to drop into a tie for seventh at nine under in his bid to become the first player to win all five PGA Tour Champions majors. 

Jutanugarn trying for third consecutive LPGA win 

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Ariya Jutanugarn made a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-five 18th hole at Travis Pointe to take a one-stroke lead in the Volvik Championship at Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Trying to become the first to win three straight LPGA Tour events since Inbee Park in 2013, the 20-year-old Jutanugarn shot a one-over 73 to reach 10-under 206. She won three weeks ago in Alabama to become the first Thai winner in tour history and followed with a victory last week in Virginia. 

Jessica Korda and Christina Kim were tied for second. Korda had a 70, and Kim shot 72. Hyo Joo Kim and Suzann Pettersen were seven under, each shooting 70. Top-ranked Lydia Ko was tied for 25th at two under after a 72. 

Hend clings to lead at BMW PGA Championship 

Scott Hend eagled the par-five 18th hole at Wentworth for a one-over 73 and a one-stroke lead in the BMW PGA Championship at Virginia Water, England. 

Hend’s eight-iron approach landed in the light rough to the right of the green, kicked and curled around to within three feet of the cup. The Australian also eagled the hole Friday. Hend had a nine-under 207 total on the West Course. 

England’s Tyrell Hatton (66) was second, and countryman Lee Westwood (68) and South Korea’s Y.E. Yang (75) were seven under. Masters champion Danny Willett, two strokes ahead after a birdie on the par-three fifth, bogeyed five of his last 10 holes for a 76. He was tied for fifth at six under. 


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