PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Kevin Streelman figured a good round Saturday would at least get him in the mix at the Tampa Bay Championship. It wound up giving him a share of the lead.
Streelman had a 6-under 65 and was tied for the lead with Justin Leonard (67) and George Coetzee of South Africa (68).
But this tournament is wide open heading into the final day, with 16 players separated by only three shots.
MIYAZATO LEADS FOUNDERS CUP: In Phoenix, Ai Miyazato pulled back in front in the LPGA Founders Cup, making three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine and saving par with a long putt on the par-4 finishing hole.
The diminutive Japanese star shot her second straight 5-under 67 after opening with a tournament-record 64. At 19-under 197, she had a four-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis and Jee Young Lee.
Lewis was penalized two strokes after the round when it was determined that caddie Travis Wilson tested the sand before Lewis played out of a bunker on the par-4 16th. That turned a 66 into a 68, making the third-ranked Texan’s bid to take over the top spot in the world from Yani Tseng more difficult Sunday.
Lewis would jump to No. 1 with a victory Sunday, as long as Tseng — tied for 63rd at 2 under after a 72 — finishes third or worse.
FROST MAINTAINS LEAD AT NEWPORT BEACH: In Newport Beach, Calif., David Frost maintained a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples in the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic, eagling the final hole Saturday for a 5-under 66.
After opening with a 63, Frost had a 13-under 129 total. The South African made an 18-foot putt for the eagle on the par-5 18th, while Couples two-putted from 35 feet for birdie and a 66 of his own.
Jim Gallagher Jr. was third at 8 under after a 68, and Scott Hoch (64), Jay Haas (66), Bob Tway (67) and D.A. Weibring (68) were another stroke back at Newport Beach Country Club.
AIKEN IN FRONT AT AVANTHA MASTERS: In Greater Noida, India, South African Thomas Aiken shot a 10-under 62 to lead in the Avantha Masters by three shots after three rounds.
Aiken had eight birdies and an eagle to total 18-under 198 to move ahead of Liang Wenchong of China, whose 69 gave him 15 under. Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat (66) and Scotland’s David Drysdale (68) were at 14 under.
A further stroke behind were Australian Scott Hend (68), Finland’s Joonas Granberg (69) and England’s Tommy Fleetwood (69).
Aiken, whose only previous win on the European Tour was the 2011 Open de Espana, said an eagle on the second hole boosted his round.
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