Kisner carries team to one-shot lead in PGA event
AVONDALE, La. — Kevin Kisner had another great day at TPC Louisiana, rolling in putts seemingly from everywhere. Teammate Scott Brown wasn’t having as much success, but a clutch birdie on the closing hole gave the duo a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the Zurich Classic.
Kisner holed three birdie putts from 20 feet or more and teamed with Brown to shoot an 8-under 64 in better ball on Saturday. They topped a crowded leaderboard that featured 13 teams within four shots of the lead.
“It was a dogfight for us today,” Brown said. “I felt like Kevin played great. I kind of left him high and dry a couple times.”
But Brown came up big on the par-5 18th when his third shot from a greenside bunker settled within 2 feet.
Kisner and Brown started the round one shot off the lead and made five birdies on the front nine. The back nine wasn’t as smooth, with two bogeys mixed in with five more birdies, giving the team a three-day total of 20-under 196.
“We had a chance to probably run away a little bit and we just couldn’t ever get two balls in good position on the back nine,” Kisner said. “Still leading the golf tournament. Feel good. In the right position, where we need to go.”
The duo lost on the fourth hole of a playoff to Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt last year at TPC Louisiana, the first for the Zurich as a team event.
They’ll face plenty of challengers on Sunday, when the tournament returns to the more difficult alternate-shot format.
Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays shot a bogey-free 63, and Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam teamed for a 66. Both teams were one shot back.
Summerhays and Finau, both from Utah, played together last year at TPC Louisiana but missed the cut.
“I think our games are just flat-out better this year, this time around,” Summerhays said. “We’ve definitely picked up each other when the other one has kind of been on the outs.”
Korda takes lead
DALY CITY, Calif. — Jessica Korda is trying to leave everyone else behind — and not get too far ahead of herself in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.
Korda shot a 5-under 67 on Friday afternoon in warmer-but-still-chilly conditions at Lake Merced to take a one-stroke into the weekend.
“It’s only Friday, still two more days to go,” Korda said. “Play the same way I have been the last two days. Hopefully, some putts drop. Stay patient and stick with my process.”
The winner in Thailand in February in her return from reconstructive jaw surgery, the long-hitting Korda had six birdies — three on the first four holes — and a bogey to reach 9 under.
“Just staying calm,” the five-time LPGA Tour winner said. “I knew I was going to get certain bounces that weren’t going to be super favorable as the greens got firmer during the afternoon. Just stayed patient and stayed with my process and here we are.”
Monday qualifier Annie Park was second after a 66 in the morning. The 2013 NCAA champion at Southern California has fought back problems.
“I battled some injuries last year and coming back was tough,” Park said. “I like I am where I am right now, so it feels good. … I learned a lot from it. I didn’t know how much I missed the sport. I love the sport. I was very excited to come back, and so it was actually a huge turning point for me, a different perspective toward life and golf.”
England’s Charley Hull was 7 under after a 68.
Two at 5-under
BEIJING — Adrian Otaegui of Spain moved into a share of the third-round lead with England’s Matt Wallace after shooting a 5-under 67 Saturday at the China Open.
Otaegui and Wallace, who led by one stroke after the second round, had three-round totals of 12-under 204 on the Topwin Golf and Country Club course to lead by one stroke going into today’s final round.
Wallace had a 69 Saturday.
Sweden’s Alexander Bjork (67), Julien Guerrier of France (68) and Jorge Campillo of Spain (68) were tied for third in the European Tour event.