Men’s golf: Several years ago, a rare skin disorder left Gene Sauers unsure if he would survive. Now he has a chance to win the U.S. Senior Open.
Sauers crept up on the field and shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after three rounds at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma. He moved to 7 under, passing front-runners Bernhard Langer, Scott Dunlap and Colin Montgomerie along the way.
The journey to this opportunity is what makes today’s final round extra special for the 51-year-old Sauers. He said a reaction to a wrongly prescribed medication caused Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a disorder that burned the skin on his arms and legs from the inside out.
While he was in the hospital for seven weeks recovering, he pictured his golf swing. He got out of the hospital in June 2011 and eventually returned to the course.
“Bogey doesn’t matter that much anymore,” Sauers said. “That’s when I learned to have a great time and tried to hit everything I was capable of doing, and it worked out today.”
Langer, Dunlap and Montgomerie are tied for second at 4 under.
Sauers had a 33 on the back nine, including birdies on Nos. 12, 16 and 18, to take control heading into the final round.
Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett shot a 75 and fell into a tie for 15th at 3-over.
• Rose tied for lead after 3 rounds at Scottish Open: Justin Rose set up a chance to capture back-to-back titles by shooting a 5-under 66 at the Scottish Open in Aberdeen to move into a share of the lead with Marc Warren.
Rose and Warren (67) are at 10-under-par overall at the warm-up tournament for the British Open, one shot clear of Kristoffer Broberg (68).
Rory McIlroy (68) and Phil Mickelson (70) were unable to mount challenges to the leaders and are seven and eight shots off the lead, respectively.
• Harman moves to top of John Deere Classic: Brian Harman had two eagles in a 6-under 65 that gave him a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.
Harman’s solid performance got him to 17-under 196 for the tournament at TPC Deere Run. Three-time winner Steve Stricker is alone in second, one stroke better than Scott Brown heading into the final round.
Tim Clark, Jerry Kelly, William McGirt and 2012 champion Zach Johnson are three back at 14-under 199. Clark shot a 64 to move into contention.
Ferris High grad Alex Prugh shot 2-under 69 to reach 8-under overall.
• Inbee Park has one-shot advantage at Royal Birkdale: Inbee Park shot a 4-under 68 and took the lead in the Women’s British Open after a late penalty against Sun-Ju Ahn.
Park was at 4-under 212 at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, one shot clear of Ahn, Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen going into the final round. The South Korean will be trying to become only the seventh player to win four of the LPGA Tour’s majors.
Ahn is still in the hunt, just not in the lead.
After what she thought was a 69, Ahn was penalized for building a stance in a pot bunker left of the 18th green. She was assessed a two-shot penalty, turning her par into a double bogey and her score into a 71.
Dream win; January exits with injury
WNBA: Tiffany Hayes scored 21 points, Erika de Souza had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Atlanta Dream rode a big first-half run to beat the Indiana Fever 93-74 in Indianapolis.
Briann January (Lewis and Clark HS) had 13 points for Indiana, but left the game with 3:08 to play in the third quarter with right knee pain after colliding with Schimmel.
Tennis hall opens doors for Davenport
Tennis: Lindsay Davenport has reached her sport’s highest honor, with her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.
Davenport highlighted a five-person class that was enshrined on Newport’s grass courts. Davenport spent 98 weeks ranked No. 1. She won the 1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon, 2000 Australian Open and 1996 Olympic gold medal to go with three major doubles titles.
Davenport entered the hall with five-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck in the recent player category, coach Nick Bollettieri, executive Jane Brown Grimes and broadcaster John Barrett in the contributor category.
• Hewitt, Karlovic advance to Newport final: No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic and third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the final of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.
Karlovic ousted Samuel Groth 6-4, 6-4. Hewitt beat seventh- seeded Jack Sock 6-1, 6-2.
• Rogers, Petkovic reach final at Gastein Ladies: The 147th-ranked Shelby Rogers upset Sara Errani of Italy 7-6 (12), 6-3 at the Gastein Ladies tournament in Bad Gastein, Austria, to reach her first career WTA final.
Rogers, an American, will face fourth-seeded Andrea Petkovic in today’s final.
Ahye wins 100 at Glasgow GP
Track and field: Michelle-Lee Ahye cemented her burgeoning sprinting reputation by winning the 100 meters at the Glasgow Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland.
Although the 24-year-old Trinidadian fell to the Hampden Park track seemingly in disbelief, the winning feeling is becoming very familiar.
A time of 11.01 seconds secured a ninth unbeaten final in 2014 for the year’s fastest woman.
Barcelona will help Suarez ‘reintegrate’
Miscellany: Barcelona’s president said the Spanish soccer club will ensure Luis Suarez “successfully reintegrates” into the sport following his lengthy ban for biting a World Cup opponent.
Suarez secured a move to Barcelona from Liverpool on Friday but is banned from all soccer-related activities for four months.
Barcelona was undeterred by the latest in Suarez’s lengthy list of misdemeanors in agreeing to a $130 million deal.
Suarez joins Lionel Messi and Neymar as Barcelona looks to rebound from its first season without a major trophy since 2007.