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  • Kirk, Baird tied for lead at Sea Island

  • ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Chris Kirk and Briny Baird each made birdie on the 18th hole Saturday to separate themselves from the pack at Sea Island.
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  • ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Chris Kirk and Briny Baird each made birdie on the 18th hole Saturday to separate themselves from the pack at Sea Island.
    But not by much.
    Kirk holed a 25-foot putt for a 2-under 68. Baird followed him with an 8-foot birdie putt for a 67. They were tied for the lead going into the last round of the McGladrey Classic, one shot ahead of Kevin Stadler (65), Brian Gay (66) and John Senden (68).
    Twelve players were separated by four shots going into today, a group that includes Sea Island resident Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson, the former U.S. Open champion who won last month in Las Vegas.
    The top eight players on the leaderboard have combined for seven career wins on the PGA Tour, and that includes Gay's four victories.
    Stadler is 0 for 235 in his PGA Tour career, and he wasn't even planning to play Sea Island until realizing he had nothing better to do this week and that after next week in Mexico, the PGA Tour goes into a short winter's nap until January.
    Brendon Todd is winless going into his third full season on tour. He had a 67 and was in the group two shots behind. Jason Kokrak has never won. He had a 69 and was three shots behind. The winner today gets an exemption to the Masters. None of the top eight are exempt to Augusta National.
    Mizuno Classic
    At Shima, Japan, Taiwan's Teresa Lu won the Mizuno Classic today, birdieing the last two holes and six of the final eight for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke victory.
    The 25-year-old Lu, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, finished at 14-under 202 at Kintetsu Kashikojima. She earned $180,000 for her first tour title.
    South Korea's Chella Choi, tied with Lu with two holes to play, had a 66 to finish second.
    Japanese players took the next five spots. Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose shot 70 to tie for third at 10 under, Yumiko Yoshida (68) and Shiho Oyama (71) followed at 9 under, and Asako Fujimoto (71) was 8 under.
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