Golf: Up by 4, Park eyes 3rd straight major

2013-06-30T00:00:00Z Golf: Up by 4, Park eyes 3rd straight majorThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Inbee Park is one round from making history by winning the first three majors of the year.

The top-ranked Park had a four-stroke lead through three rounds at the U.S. Women's Open. She shot 1-under 71 on Saturday in harsh conditions at Sebonack and was 10 under for the tournament.

Fellow South Korean I.K. Kim had a 73 to remain in second but lost two strokes to Park. With the wind whipping, the greens fast and the pin placements tricky, Park was the only player to shoot under par for the round. England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff (74) was third at 3 under.

No one has won the first three majors in a year when there were at least four.

"I'm just going to try to do the same thing that I did for the last three days," Park said. "Yeah, it will be a big day. But it's just a round of golf, and I just try not to think about it so much."

Park made three straight bogeys on the back nine, but she holed long birdie putts on No. 14 and No. 15.

PGA Tour

BETHESDA, Md. - A triple bogey for Bill Haas. Double bogeys for Andres Romero and Roberto Castro. They still wound up in a four-way tie for the lead in the AT&T National with James Driscoll, whose third round of 68 was pleasantly dull by comparison.

Castro put the perfect finishing touch on the wild day at Congressional when he hit his approach into the water left of the 18th green, and then chipped in for par from 80 feet to salvage an even-par 71.

Haas made nine birdies and had to settle for a 68 after two bad wedge shots cost him four shots. Romero had a three-shot lead but went from the water to a bunker on the 11th for double bogey and followed with a bogey for a 70.

Champions Tour

PITTSBURGH - Fred Couples birdied three of the final five holes for a 3-under 67 and a two-stroke lead over Kenny Perry after the third round of the Senior Players Championship. Couples completed a 62 in the morning in the rain-delayed second round and had a 15-under 195.

European Tour

MAYNOOTH, Ireland - Dutchman Joost Luiten shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Irish Open. Luiten had a 13-under 203 total. Spain's Pablo Larrazabal (66) was second.

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