Golf: Penalty to Lewis gives Miyazato 4-shot lead, not 2

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z Golf: Penalty to Lewis gives Miyazato 4-shot lead, not 2The Associated Press The Associated Press
March 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Ai Miyazato regained control in the LPGA Founders Cup, ending up with a bigger cushion than she expected after Stacy Lewis was penalized two strokes after the round.

Making three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine and saving par with a 12-foot putt on the finishing hole, Miyazato shot her second straight 5-under 67 after opening with a tournament-record 64. At 19-under 197, the diminutive Japanese star had a four-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis and Jee Young Lee.

Lewis was penalized when it was ruled that caddie Travis Wilson tested the sand before Lewis played out of a bunker on the par-4 16th. That turned a 66 into a 68 and doubled her deficit.

The penalty made the third-ranked Texan's bid to take over the top spot in the world from Yani Tseng much more difficult today. Coming off a victory two weeks ago in Singapore, Lewis would jump to No. 1 with a victory, as long as Tseng - tied for 63rd at 2 under after a 72 - finishes third or worse.

Lee, the second-round leader, had a 72 in cooler conditions on the cactus-lined course. After two days in the low-90s, it reached only the mid-80s on Saturday at Desert Ridge's Wildfire layout.

PGA Tour

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Kevin Streelman figured a good round Saturday would at least get him in the mix at the Tampa Bay Championship.

It wound up giving him a share of the lead.

Adam Scott and K.J. Choi led a surprising retreat at Innisbrook, allowing for a wild game of musical chairs at the top of the leaderboard with nothing remotely close to being settled going into the final round. Sixteen players were separated by only three shots.

Streelman finished his 6-under 65 nearly three hours before the last group walked off the 18th green. Justin Leonard ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn and had the lead to himself before a bogey from the bunker on the 15th. He had a 67. George Coetzee bounced back from his lone bogey with a birdie on the rowdy 17th hole, where Hooters waitresses serve wings in the grandstands. That gave him a 68.

They were tied at 6-under 207, more evidence that the Copperhead course is perhaps the most complete test in Florida. Even on a warm, breezy afternoon, it was easier to go backward that to move away from the field.

Champions Tour

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - David Frost maintained a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic, eagling the final hole for a 5-under 66.

After opening with a 63, Frost had a 13-under 129 total. The South African made an 18-foot putt for the eagle on the par-5 18th, and Couples two-putted from 35 feet for birdie and a 66 of his own.

Jim Gallagher Jr. was third at 8 under after a 68.

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