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Golf Roundup: Birdie spree lifts Speith to lead

The Sports Xchange
August 26. 2017 10:04PM

Jordan Spieth entered the third round of The Northern Trust in a four-way tie for first place and ended up alone at the top of the leaderboard.

A back-nine birdie binge Saturday propelled Spieth to a three-shot lead at 198 after 54 holes over Dustin Johnson, one of the third-round leaders.

Five behind the leader in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event are Paul Casey, Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar.

Spieth shot a sizzling 6-under-par 64 at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y., to move to 12-under after three rounds. His score matched the low round of the tournament.

Johnson couldn't keep pace with a 67. Neither could Casey (66), Reed (66), Rahm (67) and Kuchar (68).

Spieth made three consecutive birdies starting at the 14th hole that led to four birdies and a 31 on the back nine, which he has found to his liking this week. On Friday, Spieth posted a 30 on the back.

The 24-year-old also made four birdies on the front side that were offset by bogeys at Nos. 1 and 9.

Johnson put himself in slightly better position with a closing birdie on the par-4 18th hole. He had one other birdie on the back nine, at No. 13, and two on the front to go along with a bogey at No. 8.

Rickie Fowler, one of the four Friday leaders, had a bad day with a 74 and fell back into a tie for 22nd. Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, another of the Friday leaders, also struggled Saturday to a 72 that left him tied for 10th at 4 under.

Kevin Chappell matched Spieth's 64 - the low round of the tournament - and was tied for eighth at 5 under.

LPGA: Martin, Larsen lead

Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Mo Martin of the United States are tied for the lead after three rounds of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open in Ottawa, Ontario, but much of the attention in Saturday's round focused on Canadian Brooke Henderson, who played herself into contention with a course-record 63.

Larsen fired a 5-under-par 66 on Saturday, and Martin carded a 4-under 67, and they are both at 10-under 203 after three rounds, giving them a one-shot lead over In Gee Chun of South Korea, who shot a 1-under 70. Two shots off the lead are Mirim Lee of South Korea, who had a 5-under 66, and Cristie Kerr, who shot a 5-under 68 Saturday.

However, lurking among six players tied at 7-under is Henderson, who moved up from a tie for 59th after Friday's round with her 8-under-par round.

For the 19-year-old Henderson, who had eight birdies and no bogeys, it was truly moving day.

"I moved," she said.

Henderson is a member at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, site of this week's tournament, but she said she does not keep score when she plays the course, so she does not know whether Saturday's round was her best on the course.

The 63 tied her lowest-ever score on the LPGA Tour.

"It was just like the perfect day," said Henderson. "I hit the ball extremely well. Mentally I was right on. I felt in the zone, as a lot of athletes call it. I felt like I was in the best place of mind for me to play my best. That's always a great feeling. Shots I was hitting them close and making putts and making a lot of birdies. I guess, eight birdies today. On 18 holes of golf, that's pretty good."

Henderson birdied the final two holes to complete her round of 63, breaking the previous course record of 64, set by Yani Tseng at the 2008 Canadian Pacific Women's Open.

"I think everything was going right today. I hit the ball really well. I made a lot of putts and that was really key for me," she said.

Henderson admitted the hometown crowd helped.

"Coming up 18 I kind of just took a peek around and I didn't see any green grass outside of the ropes. Everybody was everywhere," said Henderson. "It's such an incredible feeling. Being so close to home makes this week so much more special."

Tied with Henderson at 7-under are Mi Jung Hur of South Korea, Shanshan Feng of China, Stacy Lewis, So Yeon Ryu of South Korea and Marina Alex.

Martin had two bogeys on her round, but stayed tied for the lead thanks to six birdies. Larsen had one bogey but had six birdies


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