Golf: Stadler closing in on Zurich leader Glover

2013-04-28T00:00:00Z Golf: Stadler closing in on Zurich leader GloverThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

AVONDALE, La. - After taking advantage of benign conditions early Saturday morning, Kevin Stadler downplayed his chances of climbing back into contention at the Zurich Classic, predicting he would end the day more than five shots out of the lead.

But gusty afternoon wind resulted in higher scores and brought Stadler and several others within striking distance at TPC Louisiana.

Lucas Glover survived those blustery conditions and birdied the 18th hole to increase his lead to two strokes to remain in position for his first victory in two years, though his wife is expecting the couple's daughter at any time and he said he would immediately leave if he received a call that she is going into labor.

The 2009 U.S. Open winner shot a 2-under 70 to reach 14 under.

"Some windier conditions than expected," Glover said. "But started up one, now I'm up two, so can't be too upset. The good stuff is still there."

Kyle Stanley, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel and D.A. Points were tied for second.

"Not much going on out there, not a lot of wind," said Stanley, who teed off more than two hours before the leaders when conditions were still calm. "So you could pretty much take dead aim and hit a lot of pins."

Stadler tied Stanley for low round of the day with a 65 and was three strokes back at 11 under.

LPGA Tour

IRVING, Texas - Carlota Ciganda shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over the world's No. 1 player and an LPGA Tour rookie into the final round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout.

Ciganda had only one bogey in the third round. Even after driving right into a concrete drainage ditch on No. 12, the Spaniard hit the half-submerged ball out of the water to about 10 feet and made the birdie putt. She was at 11-under 202 after her second 66 of the week.

"It was unbelievable," Ciganda said about the shot from the ditch. "I didn't think much. I just tried to hit it as well as I could, and I think I was pretty lucky."

Top-ranked Inbee Park from South Korea finished her 67 with consecutive birdies. Rookie Caroline Masson, the leader after each of the first two rounds, recovered from an opening double bogey for a 69 that included a birdie at the par-5 18th.

Champions Tour

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Roger Chapman and Jay Don Blake shot an 11-under-par 61 in the second round of the Champion's Tour better-ball tournament to take a one shot lead.

Chapman and Blake were 17-under after Saturday.

Five teams, including 18-hole leaders Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman, were a shot back. Eighteen more twosomes were within five shots of the lead. Peter Jacobsen and D.A. Weibring were three shots off the lead.

"We just kept hanging in there and were able to build off the momentum of Jacobsen," Blake said.

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