Sorenstam Alone in Lead at Mizuno Classic
The LPGA Player of the Year matched Debbie Massey's 36-hole record in this event with an 11-under-par 133. She owns a two-shot lead over Laura Davies, who vaulted up the leaderboard on Saturday with a 7-under-par 65.
Sorenstam began the round tied for the lead with Marisa Baena but fell behind early thanks to a birdie at one by Baena and a pair of birdies by Woo-Soon Ko. The Swede quickly rebounded with a birdie at No. 3 and took sole possession of the lead with a birdie at No. 5.
The Swede found herself tied for the lead at 8-under par with Davies and Ko but after she eagled the par-5 9th, she took a two-stroke lead.
It turned out to be a lead that would stick as no player made a move up the leaderboard. Davies birdied the last to get within one of Sorenstam, but after the seven-time winner on tour birdied the par-5 16th, the lead was two.
Sorenstam has sewed up Player of the Year honors and the money list title. If she hoists the trophy on Sunday, she will earn $106,000 and be less than $10,000 away from becoming the first player in LPGA Tour history to break the $2 million plateau in one season.
Davies, who won this year's Wegman's Rochester International, made her move on the front nine at Musashigaoka Golf Course. She collected birdies at Nos. 1 and 3 and added birdies at the final three holes to go out at 5-under 31.
She made only two birdies the rest of the way as she sits at 9-under and in the best shape to stop Sorenstam from winning both titles on the LPGA Tour's Japan swing as the Swede won last week's World Ladies Match Play Championship.
Yuri Fudoh and Kayo Yamada share third place at 8-under par. Fudoh, who reached 9-under before a bogey at No. 17, carded a 68 while Yamada shot a 69 on Saturday.
Baena birdied No. 1 to tie for the lead but managed pars the rest of the way for a 71 and fifth place at minus-seven.
Ko posted a double-bogey and a bogey on the back to drop into a tie for sixth with Jean Bartholomew, Aki Takamura and Yu Ping Lin at 6-under-par 138.
Defending champion Lorie Kane rebounded from an opening-round 73 with a 3-under 69 on Sunday. The Canadian is tied for 22nd at minus-two.
This event combines 42 LPGA Tour players and 35 members of the Japan LPGA Tour. It is a 54-hole tournament with no cut.
Full-field scores from the Mizuno Classic
Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
And No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)
Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.
1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.