GOLF: Australia’s Min Woo Lee waited out a 47-minute weather delay to hole the winning 3 1/2-foot birdie putt Saturday in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in Ooltewah, Tennessee.
The 17-year-old Lee beat 16-year-old Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final at The Honors Course. Lee became the first Australian winner and combined with older sister Minjee to become the first brother-sister tandem to win USGA junior championships. Minjee Lee won the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior.
On the par-5 35th hole, Goodwin found the green with his second, while Lee’s approach came up just short in a grass bunker. Goodwin’s long downhill eagle try rolled 9 feet by the hole. Lee followed with a flop shot that stopped 3 1/2 feet from the hole. Goodwin pulled his par putt and, as Lee was lining up the potential winning putt, the USGA blew the horn because of inclement weather.
After the delay, Lee converted the birdie putt.
Seong wins U.S. Girls’ Junior: Eun Jeong Seong rallied to beat Andrea Lee 4 and 2 in the U.S. Girls’ Junior in Paramus, New Jersey, to become the first player to successfully defend the title since Hollis Stacy in 1971.
The 16-year-old South Korean player joined Stacy (1969, `70, `71), Judy Eller (1957 and `58) and Nancy Lopez (1972 and `74) as the only multiple winners.
The 17-year-old Lee, from Hermosa Beach, California, will be a freshman at Stanford this fall.
Seong rallied after falling 5 down through 13 holes in the 36-hole match.
Snedeker takes lead at Canadian Open: Brandt Snedeker overpowered the par-5 18th hole in the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario, to take a one-stroke lead over Canadian amateur Jared du Toit and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson.
Snedeker hit a 378-yard drive and 121-yard approach to set a 7 1/2-foot eagle putt that he holed for a 6-under 66. He had five straight birdies on Nos. 2-6, bogeyed 11 and 15 and birdied the par-5 16th.
Snedeker won the 2013 tournament at Glen Abbey. The 35-year-old American won the Farmers Insurance Open in February at Torrey Pines for his eighth PGA Tour title.
Du Toit, coming off his junior season at Arizona State, made a 40-foot eagle putt on 18 for a 70.
Johnson, tied for the lead with Luke List after each of the first two rounds, birdied the final hole for a 71.
Top-ranked defending champion Jason Day tied for 28th at 2-under after a 69. He shot a 76 on Friday after opening with a 69.
List also was 2 under after a 77. He had a triple bogey and two double bogeys on the back nine.
Jimenez opens big lead at Senior British Open: Miguel Angel Jimenez opened a four-stroke lead in the Senior British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland, shooting a 7-under 65 in mild conditions to fall one short of matching the Carnoustie Golf Links record.
The 52-year-old Spaniard had a bogey-free round in wind at 6-12 mph on the mostly cloudy afternoon. He had an 11-under 205 total after opening 70-70, putting him in position for his first major title.
“Tonight, I’m going to do exactly the same thing I did the previous night,” Jimenez said. “I go with my friends, we go to a nice diner with a nice bottle of Rioja and after that I’m going to have a bit, fat cigar with a nice malt whisky.”
Jimenez won in Mississippi in March for his third career PGA Tour Champions victory. He has 15 regular European Tour victories, the last in the 2014 Spanish Open at a tour-record 50 years, 133 days.
“It was a very nice day on the golf course,” Jimenez. “I played very solid from tee to green. Everything was working perfectly today. I played the last two holes beautifully so I am happy with my day and the score, despite not making the last putt for a 64.”
Paul Broadhurst (68), Wes Short Jr. (69), Tom Byrum (71) and Joe Durant (72) were tied for second.
Fish leads Wagner at celebrity championship: Former tennis player Mardy Fish had a 28-point round Saturday to take a two-point lead over actor Jack Wagner in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Stateline, Nevada.
Fish shot a 3-under 69, making seven birdies and four bogeys at Edgewood Tahoe to reach 50 points in the modified Stableford event. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.
“I was (behind) quite a bit (at the start) today,” said Fish, a six-time winner on the ATP Tour. “And there’s a lot of really good players at the top as well. I’m in a really good position to hopefully play well tomorrow and see where we are.”
Fish is trying to become the first left-hander to win the event. He won the Diamond Resorts Invitational celebrity tournament in Florida this year.
Martin reaches first career final at Croatian Open
TENNIS: Andrej Martin of Slovakia reached his first career ATP final after defeating Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the last four of the Croatian Open in Umag, Croatia.
He faces fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the final. The 2013 finalist beat Gastao Elias of Portugal 6-3, 6-3.
Martin and Berlocq played each other in Umag two years ago, when the Argentine won in the first round.
After an unpredictable first set Saturday – with six breaks in the first eight games – Berlocq led 4-2 in the second set before the 124th-ranked Martin won four straight games to close the match.
Fognini did not face a single break point against Elias.
Siniakova beats Larsson in semis at Swedish Open: Katerina Siniakova ousted defending champion Johanna Larsson 7-5, 6-1 Saturday in the Swedish Open semifinals in Bastad, Sweden, as the 20-year-old Czech chases her first WTA title.
The 92nd-ranked Siniakova saved 11 of 14 break points against her Swedish opponent.
“I’m a very emotional player. Sometimes that’s a benefit and sometimes a hindrance,” Siniakova said. “Everything went fine today and I will fight hard for the title tomorrow”.
She faces sixth-seeded Laura Siegemund, who won Saturday’s other semifinal after German compatriot Julia Goerges retired with a hip injury. At the time Siegemund was leading 4-6, 6-3, 4-0.
Bears offensive lineman Chandler retires
NFL: Chicago Bears offensive lineman Nate Chandler has retired at age 27. The Bears announced the move from Lake Forest, Illinois.
Chandler appeared in 37 games with 19 starts for Carolina from 2012 to 2014. He sat out last season because of a right knee injury and joined the Bears in June.
He played in college at UCLA and began his NFL career as a defensive tackle before switching to the offensive line in 2013. All of his starts have been on the offensive line.
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