Saturday’s roundup: Gove takes lead at Pebble Beach

Associated Press

Pebble Beach, Calif. — Jeff Gove shot his third straight 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over three players in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Gove, who will play next season on the Tour, eagled the sixth hole and had three birdies and two bogeys at Pebble Beach to reach 9-under 207.

Champions Tour players Kevin Sutherland and Duffy Waldorf were tied for second with the Tour’s Travis Bertoni. Sutherland, the 2000 winner, had a 69 at Spanish Bay. Waldorf, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, shot a 68, also at Spanish Bay. Bertoni had a 68 at Spyglass Hill.

“The course really firmed up ... and I hit the ball great,” Gove said. “I didn’t make many putts, but I really struck the ball well.”

Gove, a three-time winner on the Tour, last played on the PGA Tour in 2013.

“My career has been a struggle the past couple of years,” he said. “But my game isn’t far off. It’s a matter of the mental grind and figuring out how to work on my game the proper way.”

Champions Tour player Joe Durant was 7 under after a 71 at Spyglass Hill.

First-round leader Kim Welch of the Symetra Tour had a 71 at Spyglass Hill. She was tied for seventh at 3 under and was among two of nine female entrants to make the cut. Natalie Gulbis had a 72 at Pebble Beach to reach 2 under.

Second-round leader James Driscoll had a 78 at Pebble Beach that included a two-stroke penalty. He was 1 under.

Kisner builds lead at RSM Classic

Kevin Kisner had a 6-under 64 to build a three-shot lead in the RSM Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga., as he goes for his first win on the PGA Tour.

Already a runner-up four times this year — three in playoffs — Kisner has never had a chance this good.

He made his only bogey of the round on No. 14 and failed to make birdie on the par-5 15th to fall into a tie for the lead with Kevin Chappell. Kisner answered with a key shot that set up birdie, a 6-iron into a foot at the par-3 17th and a 30-foot birdie on the 18th to build some separation.

Kisner was at 16-under 196, a record 54-hole score at Sea Island.

Chappell overcame back-to-back bogeys early in his round for a 68.

Graeme McDowell survived a mental blunder on the opening hole and was four shots back with a chance to win back-to-back on the PGA Tour. On the first fairway, he lifted his ball to clean it when he realized that for the first time this week at Sea Island, conditions no longer allowed for lift, clean and place. McDowell was penalized one shot and made a 10-foot putt that became a par with the penalty.

He had his caddie carry the tees in his bib so he wouldn’t make the mistake again. And that was the last mistake on the golf course, as the former U.S. Open champion again kept the ball in play off the tee and made his share of putts for a 65.

Kerr, Jang share LPGA lead

Cristie Kerr and Ha Na Jang shared the lead going into the final round of the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, and Lydia Ko remained in control of the biggest year-end awards and a $1 million bonus.

Kerr shot a 4-under 67 to match Jang at 13 under at Tiburon in Naples, Fla. Jang closed with a bogey for a 69.

Ko and Gerina Piller were tied for third at 11 under. Ko had a 69, and Piller shot 67.

The 18-year-old Ko is trying to take the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus for the second consecutive year. A win also would lock up the world No. 1 ranking to end the year, along with player of the year honors and the money title.

McIlroy closes in on points title

Rory McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 to move within a shot of leader Andy Sullivan after the third round of the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Sullivan had a 68 to reach 16-under 200 at Jumeirah Golf Estates at Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

McIlroy moved four strokes clear of Danny Willett, his closest challenger for the season-long Race to Dubai points race. The points winner will receive $1.25 million and an additional $625,000 for playing three of the four Finals Series events.

Patrick Reed was third at 13 under after a 68.

Millar takes lead in Melbourne

Australia’s Matthew Millar shot a 3-under 68 in windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Australian Masters.

Miller had a 7-under 206 total at Huntingdale in Melbourne. Countryman Andrew Evans was second after a 70. Adam Scott, the Australian star who led after the first two rounds, had a 77 to drop five strokes back.