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Saturday's golf: Lake Orion's Gillis three back at Dick's Sporting Goods Open

Detroit News staff and wires
Tom Gillis

Endicott, N.Y. — Tom Gillis is within striking distance of his first Champions Tour title.

Gillis, the Lake Orion resident who turned 50 in July to become Champions Tour-eligible, shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday and is in a three-way tie for fourth place with an 8-under 136 after the second round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. 

He is three shots behind leader Michael Bradley, and one shot behind Bart Bryant and Marco Dawson. Wes Short Jr. and Clark Dennis are also at 8-under heading into the final round.

Gillis recorded four birdies and one bogey during his round, while the 52-year-old Bradley had five birdies and a bogey in the rain-delayed round to reach 11-under 133 at En-Joie Golf Club.

“It’s tough when you get delayed, delayed, delayed, the tee times get pushed back,” Bradley said. “That makes it tough because we’re so kind of routine oriented. I feel like I’m going at this time, then it gets pushed back, then gets pushed back. Some deal with it better than others, but it kind of messes with you a little bit. It turned out OK.”

A four-time winner on the PGA Tour, he’s seeking his first victory on the 50-and-over tour.

“Didn’t drive it quite as well today as I did yesterday, still drove it pretty good,” Bradley said. “Limited my mistakes, hit some good shots. I haven’t really beaten myself the last couple days, which is rare for me. Looking forward to tomorrow. Hopefully, the weather’s going to hold up and it’ll be a good day. Try to put on a good show.”

Bryant, the 2013 winner at En-Joie for his lone Champions title, had a 67.

“Played pretty solid today,” the four-time PGA Tour winner said. “Did everything like I was supposed to. Missed a couple putts that I should have made, but I think everybody is. The greens are soft out there, so they’re getting a little a little mushy, getting a little spikey. Having said that, the guys did an unbelievable job getting this course ready to play this week.”

Dawson shot 70.

Kenny Perry (69) was 7 under with first-round leader Doug Garwood (73), Mark Calcavecchia (69), Woody Austin (71), Jerry Haas (68) and Scott Parel (68). Perry won the 3M Championship two weeks ago in Minnesota.

Bernard Langer, the 2014 winner, was 5 under after a 69. Defending champion Scott McCarron had a 71 to get to 1 under. John Daly, the winner of the PGA Tour’s 1992 B.C. Open at En-Joie, was 6 over after rounds of 73 and 77.


Brandt Snedeker held a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro, N.C., when the third round was suspended because of severe weather.

Snedeker was 16 under for the tournament with 11 holes left in the round at the final event of the PGA Tour’s regular season.

Brian Gay was 13 under through 12 holes, and Trey Mullinax, Keith Mitchell, C.T. Pan and D.A. Points were another stroke back at varying stages of their rounds.

Thirty players were still on the course when play was halted during the mid-afternoon with thunder booming and a threat of lightning. After a 3-hour, 23-minute delay, organizers chose to hold things up overnight and resume the round at 8 a.m. Sunday.


Lizette Salas shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over Sung Hyun Park and Amy Yang after the third round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship at Indianapolis.

The 29-year-old former Southern California player hasn’t won on the LPGA Tour since 2014. She took the lead with a birdie on the par-4, 16th — after Park hit her approach into the water en route to a double bogey.

Salas was at 21-under 195 at Brickyard Crossing. She matched the course record Thursday with a 62 and shot 69 in the second round.

Park, the two-time major winner from South Korea, was flirting with a 54-hole scoring record before the miscue. Park had a 66 as she chases her third win this season and tries to reclaim the world’s No. 1 ranking.

Yang shot 65. Defending champ Lexi Thompson was five shots back after playing 27 holes in 10 under Saturday, posting rounds of 68 and 64.


At Molndal, Sweden, Paul Waring and Thomas Aiken share the lead, three shots clear of their rivals, after the third round of the Nordea Masters.

Waring was tied for first place with Scott Jamieson after the second round and shot a 1-under 69.

While Jamieson (75) slipped down the leaderboard, Aiken caught up Waring after shooting 67 — despite three straight bogeys from No. 15. He bounced back by making birdie at the last.

U.S. Amateur

Viktor Hovland of Norway and UCLA sophomore Devon Bling won to advance to the U.S. Amateur final at Pebble Beach.

Hovland, a junior at Oklahoma State, made six birdies on seven holes on the back nine to knock off Texas teen Cole Hammer 3 and 2. Hovland became the first U.S. Amateur finalist from Norway.

Bling, of Ridgecrest, was stretched to the 18th hole for the fourth straight match before beating Stanford senior Isaiah Salinda of South San Francisco 1 up in an all-California matchup.