Broadhurst maintains lead in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. — Paul Broadhurst shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Saturday at University Ridge to maintain a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' American Family Insurance Open.
Broadhurst followed birdies on the par-5 16th and par-3 17th with a bogey on the par-4 18th to finish at 12-under 132.
"It was a tougher day today with the wind," Broadhurst said. "I kept plugging away, really. ... I hit a poor driver on 18. There's plenty of room right and I toed over underneath the trunk and it cost me a bogey. I'm still two ahead, so got to be happy."
The 51-year-old Englishman opened with a 63. He won the Senior British Open and PURE Insurance Championship last year.
"There's no magic to think about," Broadhurst said. "It's just try and get some rest if you can and come out and hope the game's in good shape tomorrow. ... The rhythm went a little bit with the wind. It always does. I find it difficult to keep the rhythm smooth when it's really windy. I know what the problem is, so I can fix it for tomorrow."
Lee Janzen and Scott Verplank were tied for second. They each shot 66.
"I was very happy with 6 under," Verplank said. "It was pretty tough. The wind's blowing pretty hard and kind of whipping around through the trees. So yeah, I scored very well today. I live in Oklahoma City and I grew up in Dallas, so it's usually pretty windy there. I don't necessarily say I like playing in the wind, but I'm kind of used to it. I just dealt with that pretty well."
Tournament host Steve Stricker had a 69 to join Fred Couples (68) and Gene Sauers (66) at 9 under. Stricker is making his first start in his hometown event after turning 50 in February. He tied for 16th last week in the U.S. at Erin Hills.
"It was a little bit of a grind out there for me today," Stricker said. "A couple tough holes with the wind conditions. So, it was a good day just to grind it out. Hopefully, come back tomorrow a little more charged up. Felt a little lazy and lackadaisical at times."
Fellow Madison player Jerry Kelly was tied for 11th at 6 under after a 70.
Janzen birdied the par-4 14th and 15th and eagled 16, while Couples played the back nine in 5 under, birdieing four of the first five holes and finishing with another birdie.
LPGA: At Rogers, Ark., third-ranked South Korean star So Yeon Ryu shot a course-record 10-under 61 on Saturday in the NW Arkansas Championship to take a five-stroke lead into the final round, putting her in great position to become the first repeat winner this year.
The ANA Inspiration winner in April for her second major title, she reached 16 under to break the tournament 36-hole record by two strokes. She had her lowest score on the LPGA Tour and matched her professional best set in the 2012 Australian Ladies Masters.
Ryu opened the year with eight straight top-10 finishes, including the major victory. She struggled in her two events after that run, finishing 56th and then missing the cut at the ShopRite LPGA Classic this month in New Jersey. Coming off a two-week break, she has returned to her early season form — and then some.
Local favorite Stacy Lewis and Moriya Jutanugarn were tied for second. They each shot 65.
First-round leader Sung Hyun Park followed her opening 63 with a 73 to drop into a tie for 10th at 6 under. Defending champion Lydia Ko was 5 under after a 67.
Ryu needed only 25 putts, posting a 30 on her opening nine holes before closing out the blistering round with three birdies on her final four holes.