Top-ranked Ko takes narrow lead into last round
SAMMAMISH, Wash. — When Lydia Ko won the last two major championships, she was the one lurking behind.
Today at Sahalee, the top-ranked Ko will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
"I can't control what the other girls are doing," the 19-year-old Ko said. "So (I'll) just try my best out there. We've still got a long 18 holes to go."
Ko shot a 1-under 70 on Saturday to reach 2-under 211. She won the Evian Championship in September in France for her first major title and took the ANA Inspiration in April in California, giving her a chance to become the fifth player in tour history to win three straight majors.
"It's really cool to, obviously, have my name in those records among those amazing players," Ko said. "But when I'm out there I'm not thinking so much about records and what could happen."
Ko used her deft short-game to save shots on the 16th and 17th holes, but couldn't avoid dropping a stroke at the last when her third shot went to the back of the green and she missed a 15-foot par putt.
Brittany Lincicome and Gerina Piller were tied for second. They each shot 71, with Lincicome also bogeying the 18th. Second-round co-leaders Brooke Henderson and Mirim Lee each shot 73 to drop into the group at even par. Only three players were under par even as Sahalee played easier following overnight rain.
Ariya Jutanugarn, the winner of her last three tournaments, was in the group at even par. Jutanugarn got back into contention with a 68.
Lincicome, a two-time major champion, also dropped a shot at the final hole because of a three-putt. Along with Ko, Lincicome is the only other player in the field not to post a round over par in the tournament
"It's easier to come from behind than be the leader," Lincicome said. "I feel like I'm in great shape."
PGA: At Memphis, Tenn., Daniel Berger shot a 1-under 69 in hot and sticky conditions at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, giving him a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and D.A. Points.
Berger, the 2014-15 rookie of the year who had led after a round on tour only once before this event back in 2014, now has led consecutive rounds as he looks for his first PGA Tour victory. Berger had four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey to reach 10-under 200.
Mickelson (68), Stricker (66) and Points (64) were 7 under. Seung-yul Noh (67), Colt Knost (67) and Brooks Koepka (69) were 6 under.
With so many experienced players and big names chasing him on a day where the temperature felt close to 100 degrees, Berger hit 13 of 18 greens playing conservatively enough with six straight pars at one point. Berger has three top 10s this season.
CHAMPIONS: At Flourtown, Pa., Bernhard Langer was all alone under par at windy Philadelphia Cricket Club.
The 58-year-old German star also was in position to win the Constellation Senior Players Championship for the third straight year, shooting a 1-under 69 to reach 2-under 208 and take a three-stroke lead over Jay Don Blake with a round left.
CURTIS CUP: At Dublin, England's Bronte Law won two more matches and Britain and Ireland took five of six points to open an 8-4 lead in the Curtis Cup, leaving the Americans behind entering the closing singles session for the first time in two decades.
With eight singles matches left today at Dun Laoghaire, the United States needs six points to retain the Cup, and Britain and Ireland needs 2 1/2 to reclaim it. The U.S. leads the series 28-7-3, winning 13-7 in 2014 in St. Louis.