Lyle New Leader at Knoxville Open

By Sports NetworkJune 21, 2008, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourKNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jarrod Lyle, who won earlier this year in Mexico, carded his second straight 5-under 67 Saturday to grab a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Knoxville Open.
Lyle completed 54 holes at 16-under-par 200. Back in February, he won for the first time on the Nationwide Tour at the Mexico Open.
Second-round leader D.J. Brigman managed a 2-under 70 in round three. He slipped into second place at 15-under-par 201.
Thomas Hagler IV, one of two amateurs to make the cut this week, fired a 9- under 63 to jump into a share of third place at minus-14. He was joined there by Doug Barron and Chris Kirk, who both shot 66 on Saturday.
Lyle started the round two behind Brigman. Both players birdied the first.
Brigman's two-stroke lead became four when he birdied the fourth and Lyle made bogey. Lyle fought back with birdies on the fifth and seventh at Fox Den Country Club.
'I got off to a good start,' Lyle stated. 'After the bogey at the fourth hole, I played just awesome. The way I'm playing I'm struggling to make bogeys, which is a good thing.'
The 32-year-old Brigman stumbled to a bogey on the seventh as his lead dropped to one shot. Two holes later, his lead was gone.
Brigman faltered to a bogey on the ninth, while Lyle made birdie to grab a one-shot cushion.
Lyle pushed his lead to three shots as he birdied the 10th and 11th. Brigman clawed back within one thanks to back-to-back birdies from the 12th.
The Australian Lyle traded a birdie for a bogey from the 15th. He parred the last two to get in at 16-under.
Brigman stumbled to a bogey on 17 to slide two back, but he atoned for that error with a birdie at the last.
'I was grazing edges all day long so it was a little frustrating,' Brigman said. 'I'm still in it. I don't know what tomorrow's going to bring, but at least I have a chance. The birdie on the last got me a little closer.'
Scott Parel fired a seven-under 65 to jump into a share of sixth at 12-under- par 204. He stands alongside Chris Smith (70), Arjun Atwal (68), Brad Fritsch (68), Keoke Cotner (66), Sebastian Fernandez (67) and Spencer Levin (68).

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    So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

    She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

    So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

    “I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

    So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.

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    “Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

    Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

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