June 26, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Tseng ahead by 5 at LPGA Championship

 
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Cindy LaCrosse grimaces after missing a birdie attempt on the ninth green Saturday at the LPGA Championship.
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Golf: Yani Tseng made the mistake of grabbing the trophy before the end of a major tournament once already this year – and lost.

With a five-shot lead after the third round of the LPGA Championship Saturday in Pittsford, N.Y., the top-ranked Tseng doesn’t intend to make the same mistake again.

“When I see a trophy, I just figure I want to grab it,” Tseng said, recalling how she might have jinxed herself at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. That’s when she grabbed the trophy as she stepped to the first tee upon opening the final round, and then proceeded to squander a two-shot lead in finishing second to Stacy Lewis.

“It just did not work out at Kraft, so I better not touch it this time,” Tseng said, smiling. “That’s how I learn.”

The way she’s playing, Tseng has reason to be patient in a bid to win her fourth career major, and eighth tournament. She essentially ran away from the field with a 5-under 67 that has her at 13-under 203 at Locust Hill Country Club outside Rochester.

Americans Morgan Pressel (70) and Cindy LaCrosse (69) were tied for second, and Hee Young Park (72) was seven shots behind Tseng. Defending champion Cristie Kerr matched Tseng with a third-round best 67 to join Lewis (70), Meena Lee (70) and Paula Creamer (72) at 5 under.

• Cantlay drops back; Jacobson takes Travelers lead: Patrick Cantlay tumbled down the leaderboard a day after shooting the lowest score by an amateur in PGA Tour history, while Fredrik Jacobson had a 7-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

Jacobson closed with a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to cap his third straight bogey-free round.

The Swede opened with rounds of 65 and 66, and the 63 left him at 16 under at TPC River Highlands.

Bryce Moulder is second after shooting a 64.

The 19-year-old Cantlay followed his course-record 60 with a 72 to fall five strokes behind Jacobson. Cantlay bogeyed the final two holes. An amateur hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since Phil Mickelson in the 1991 Northern Telecom Open in Arizona.

Jacobson, 36, has three European Tour victories, but is winless on the PGA Tour. Molder also is looking for his first PGA Tour win.

Molder has made the cut in six of 17 tournaments this year, but a tie for sixth at Pebble Beach is his best finish so far this year.

He had to play nine holes of his second round Saturday and finished with a 66 before starting the third-round. His 210-yard second shot on the fourth hole came within a foot of the pin and got him going. He holed a 38-foot birdie putt on 17 that broke 6 feet from left.

Cantlay, the low amateur last week in the U.S. Open, had a one-shot lead after a birdie at 12. But he hit his drive right and into the water on the par-5 13th, a hole he eagled twice Friday.

Spokane’s Alex Prugh completed two rounds on Friday and had to wait until Saturday to find out he missed the cut.

• Wiebe keeps lead in Champions Tour stop: Even at age 53, Mark Wiebe learned something about himself.

“I didn’t know I was a control freak, but I like being in control,” Wiebe said.

So far he is exactly that at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Wiebe shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead over John Huston after the second round. Bidding for his second straight victory, Wiebe was at 11-under 133 at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y.

While his challengers took turns making costly mistakes, Wiebe continued his solid play, finishing his second straight round without a bogey to stretch his streak to 64 holes.

“I prided myself for my patience level today,” Wiebe said.

“I’m kind of proud of the way I’m managing my game at this point in time in my life.”

Wiebe started with a flourish, sinking a 45-foot birdie putt on the first hole, then hitting a wedge to 10 feet and making another birdie at No. 2.

Huston (70) started the day tied with Wiebe at 7 under, but his day nearly unraveled on the front nine.

He made bogey at the par-5 third hole when mud on his ball sent his second shot into a bunker and he hit his third shot over the green.

Buster’s Ready takes race at Belmont

Horse racing: Buster’s Ready dominated $250,000 Mother Goose for 3-year-old fillies, beating Joyful Victory by 41/4 lengths at Belmont Park in New York.

Emerging from a three-way battle on the turn, Buster’s Ready took charge in the final eighth of a mile.

Buster’s Ready paid $9.40, $3.50 and $2.40.

Joyful Victory returned $2.60 and $2.10 while R Gypsy Gold paid $4.20.

• Racehorse euthanized after injuring stable worker: A racehorse was euthanized after it got loose at Auburn’s Emerald Downs and injured a stable worker.

The horse was one of two that ran away as the horses were being led out of the paddock just before the third race at about 3:15 p.m. PDT, said Emerald Downs spokesman Vince Bruun.

They ran about an eighth of a mile down the horse pathway back toward the stable area, Bruun said, colliding with a stable worker.

Ndambuki wins Seattle marathon

Running: Jonathan Ndambuki, of Kenya, won the Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Marathon, completing the 26.2-mile course comfortably in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 51 seconds.

His time was about 2 1/2 minutes faster than runner-up Teshome Kokebe of Lynnwood, Wash., last year’s winner.

Sheila Croft of Redmond, Wash., won her first marathon in 2:50:21.


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