Golf: Bradley overcomes three bogeys to keep Nelson lead

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z Golf: Bradley overcomes three bogeys to keep Nelson leadThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

IRVING, Texas - Keegan Bradley still hasn't gotten things right on the 18th hole at the Byron Nelson Championship, even when finally going left.

The bogeys on the closing hole at TPC Four Seasons haven't cost him the lead yet.

Bradley overcame consecutive bogeys early and bogeyed No. 18 for the third round in a row Saturday to finish with a 2-under 68 that kept him in the lead.

"(Sunday) is the day. Right down the middle," Bradley said about that last hole. "I'm due!"

Bradley's 13-under 197 total gave him a one-stroke lead over Sang-Moon Bae, who had his third consecutive 66. Tom Gillis was two strokes back after a 67.

After going way right off the tee at No. 18 the first two rounds, Bradley smashed his drive Saturday down the left side toward the water. The ball stayed dry, but settled behind a large rock and forced him to punch back into the fairway. His approach settled on the front edge of the green and he almost saved par - the ball rolled just over the lip of the cup.

Today, Bradley will be trying to win at TPC Four Seasons for the second time in three years. He could also become the Nelson's first wire-to-wire winner since Tom Watson in 1980.

European Tour

KAVARNA, Bulgaria - Graeme McDowell reached the Volvo World Match Play Championship semifinals with a victory over Nicolas Colsaerts, the defending champ who took a penalty drop inside a restroom.

McDowell rallied from an early deficit to win 2 and 1 over his European Ryder Cup teammate on the oceanside Thracian Cliffs course and will face Branden Grace, a 2 and 1 winner over Chris Wood.

In the other semifinal, Thomas Aiken will meet Thongchai Jaidee. Aiken topped Francesco Molinari 3 and 2, and Jaidee beat Scott Jamieson 4 and 3.

LPGA Tour

MOBILE, Ala. - Chella Choi shot her second straight 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Jessica Korda and Anna Nordqvist, the Swede who broke the course record with a 61 in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

Choi twice made three straight birdies to move to 17 under, and has made only two bogeys in three rounds on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex. The South Korean's best finish in four-plus years on the tour is a tie for second in the Manulife tournament in Canada last March.

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