K.J. Choi jumps into lead at Titleholders

NAPLES, Fla. — U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi was steady after an early three-putt bogey and finished with a 3-under 69 that gave her a one-shot lead in the Titleholders.

Choi took over the lead early Saturday when Ai Miyazato made double bogey on the par-5 second hole.

What kept Choi in the lead was not making many mistakes of her own.

It’s been that way all week at the LPGA Tour’s final event.

Choi is the only player to post every round in the 60s at The TwinEagles Club. She was at 12-under 204, one shot ahead of Miyazato, who rallied with four birdies on the back nine for a 71.

So Yeon Ryu, the LPGA
rookie of the year, had a 68 and was two shots back.

Pebble Beach Invitational

ROBERT STREB TAKES LEAD: In Pebble Beach, Calif., Robert Streb shot a 3-under 69 in rainy conditions at Del Monte to take a one-stroke lead over Billy Horschel after the third round in the Pebble Beach
Invitational.

The 25-year-old Streb had a 10-under 206 total. He won the Web.com Tour’s Mylan Classic in September and finished seventh on the tour’s money list to earn a PGA Tour card.

Horschel had a 68, also at Del Monte, as the field of 81 played in light morning rain and soft conditions in the tournament that features PGA, LPGA, Champion and Web.com tour players.

South African Open

STENSON HOLDS 3-SHOT LEAD: In Johannesburg, Henrik Stenson of Sweden closed in on a first European Tour win in three years, taking a three-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open despite George Coetzee shooting a course-
record 63.

Stenson had six birdies and three bogeys in a 69 for a 16-under total of 200. Coetzee and Magnus Carlsson were three shots back.

Australian Masters

POULTER TAKES 1-STROKE LEAD: In Melbourne, Australia,
defending champion Ian Poulter shot an 8-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott after three rounds of the Australian Masters.

Poulter had five front-nine birdies — four on lengthy putts — and the Englishman had a 54-hole total of 13-under 203 on the Kingston Heath sand-belt course.

Poulter’s 9-iron approach on No. 18 nearly holed out from the fairway and he had a tap-in birdie to finish.

Scott, who shot 67, stayed close until consecutive bogeys on 16 and 17. Australian Matthew Guyatt, leader by two strokes after each of the first two rounds, shot 75 Saturday and was six strokes behind in third.