Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2011
The golf roundup …
IRVING, Texas ó Ryan Palmer fought through a breezy day for a 3-over 73 on Saturday at the Byron Nelson Championship. That was good enough to top the leaderboard at 5 under after three rounds.
Even with two bogeys the last three holes, Palmer finished a stroke ahead of playing partner Sergio Garcia (74) after the two started the day tied for the lead at TPC Four Seasons.
Only eight of 74 players shot under par Saturday. The best was a 67 by Arjun Atwal that tied him with Ryuji Imada (70) for third place at 3 under.
Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar shot 68s to match Joe Ogilvie (72) at 2 under.
Local amateur Jordan Spieth opened with consecutive birdies before going on to a 72. He was among eight players tied for eighth place, only four strokes behind Palmer.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Hale Irwin overcame a four-shot deficit to grab the lead, then frittered it away with a double bogey on the last hole to drop into a tie with Kiyoshi Murota in the Senior PGA Championship.
Seeking a victory that would make him the oldest winner of a senior major and oldest Champions Tour winner, Irwin ó who will be 66 on Friday ó shot a 2-under 70 that could have been better if not for the finish.
VIRGINIA WATER, England ó Luke Donald birdied two of his last three holes for a 1-over 72 and a share of the lead at the BMW PGA Championship with Italian teenager Matteo Manassero.
RIO DE JANEIRO ó Heather Bowie Young shot a 66 in rainy conditions to take a two-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen and Lindsey Wright in the LPGA Tour’s 36-hole Brazil Cup.