Despite weather, Snedeker has lead

The Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brandt Snedeker held a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Wyndham Championship 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.

When things resume, Snedeker — who opened with a 59 to become the first tour player this year and just the 10th ever to break 60 — will look to keep himself in position to contend for his ninth victory on tour and his first since the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open.

The 2012 FedEx Cup champion won the tournament in 2007, the year before it moved across town to par-70 Sedgefield Country Club.

Snedeker’s final 11 holes of the round could wind up being telling: In seven of the 10 previous years since the tournament’s move to this course, the third-round leader or co-leader has gone on to win.

U.S. Amateur

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Norway’s Viktor Hovland had such an easy time in the quarterfinals and round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur that he didn’t even need to play the 13th hole.

When he got pushed a bit in the semifinals, Hovland responded.

Hovland birdied six of seven holes he played on the back nine Saturday to advance to the U.S. Amateur final at Pebble Beach, where he will take on UCLA sophomore Devon Bling.

Hovland, a junior at Oklahoma State, became the first player in 40 years to win consecutive matches at the U.S. Amateur by at least seven holes when he beat Kristoffer Reitan and Austin Squires 7 and 6 in the previous two rounds.

But Texas teen Cole Hammer stayed close throughout before falling 3 and 2 on a foggy morning at Pebble Beach that was conducive to low scores thanks to softer than usual greens.

LPGA Tour

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

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.

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