Moving day at the Kia Classic set up what should be an exciting final 18 holes at Aviara on Sunday. Mirim Lee shot a 5-under 67 in the third round Saturday to go to 13-under and take a one shot lead over Mi Jung Hur, who made a 67-foot putt on No. 18 to card a 66. Another South Korean, In Gee Chun, was tied at 10-under with Cristie Kerr, who was in a three-way tie for the lead after the first round and was alone atop the leaderboard after 36 holes.
Chris Stroud has gone 276 tournaments over the better part of a decade trying to win on the PGA Tour. A birdie on the final hole Saturday in the Puerto Rico Open gave him his first 54-hole lead, and he hopes his experience will keep him calm. Stroud kept a clean card at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for a 5-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Bill Lunde and D.A. Points.
(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson stayed on track to become the first player to win all four World Golf Championships events when he advanced to the semi-finals at the WGC-Dell Match Play in Texas on Saturday. Johnson lost three consecutive holes during his quarter-final against Alexander Noren, but had enough in reserve to secure a 3&2 victory over the Swedish eighth seed at Austin Country Club. Next up for the American top seed is a Sunday morning semi-final against Japanese 54th seed Hideto Tanihara, while Spaniard 21st seed Jon Rahm and American 42nd seed Bill Haas meet in the other semi.
Dustin Johnson had reason to be rattled. As he walked off the 12th green Saturday afternoon, the match referee said five words that Johnson heard for the first time all week in the Dell Technologies Match Play. Johnson birdied three of the next four holes for a 3-and-2 victory over Alex Noren to advance to the semifinals and stay on track for a potential showdown between No. 1 in the world and Jon Rahm, golf's brightest young star.
March 25 (Gracenote) - Scores from the WGC-Match Play Championship Quarterfinal on Saturday in Austin, Texas Bill Haas (U.S.) beat Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 2 and 1 Jon Rahm (Spain) beat Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 7 and 5 Hideto Tanihara (Japan) beat Ross Fisher (Britain) 4 and 2 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) beat Alexander Noren (Sweden) 3 and 2
March 25 (Gracenote) - Scores from the WGC-Match Play Championship 1/8 Final on Saturday in Austin, Texas Bill Haas (U.S.) beat Kevin Na (U.S.) by 1 hole Phil Mickelson (U.S.) beat Marc Leishman (Australia) 4 and 3 Jon Rahm (Spain) beat Charles Howell III (U.S.) 6 and 4 Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) beat William McGirt (U.S.) 5 and 4 Hideto Tanihara (Japan) beat Paul Casey (Britain) 2 and 1 Ross Fisher (Britain) beat Bubba Watson (U.S.) 4 and 3 Alexander Noren (Sweden) beat Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 3 and 1 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) beat Zach Johnson (U.S.) 5 and 4
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