LOS ANGELES (AP) Retief Goosen made only two pars on the back nine Saturday at Riviera and survived a day of wild shots and bad breaks for a 2-under 69 to take a two-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open.
The 46-year-old Goosen wasn’t sure how his nerves would hold up because he had not been a 36-hole leader in more than four years, and he is approaching the six-year anniversary of his last victory. Those nerves were tested at Riviera, which is getting increasingly difficult on the greens.
Goosen was flawless on the front nine before he strapped in for a rough ride over the final two hours. He hit a tee shot into the trees on the 12th and 13th holes, both times making bogey. He had to make an 8-foot bogey putt to stay in the lead.
And then he recovered with a chip-in from 35 feet on the par-3 16th for birdie, and then a two-putt birdie on the downwind par-5 17th.
Goosen was at 8-under 205, two shots clear of Graham DeLaet of Canada, who had a 70.
Bae Sang-Moon of South Korea matched the low score of the week with a 66 and was in a large group at 5-under 208. That included Sergio Garcia, whose remarkable par on the 13th hole was set up by a 3-iron from a bunker behind the 10th green.
WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 1-under 72 at Royal Melbourne for a share of the Women’s Australian Open lead with Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn.
The 17-year-old Ko, from New Zealand, matched Jutanugarn at 7-under 212. Jutanugarn also had a 72.
Ko has five career LPGA Tour victories, the first two as an amateur.
South Korea’s Amy Yang was a stroke back after a 70.
NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s Shiv Chowrasia shot a 2-under 69 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Indian Open.
Chowrasia, a two-time winner on the European Tour, had a 12-under 201 total on Delhi Golf Club’s Lodhi Course. Defending champion Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh was second after a 70.
The tournament is part of the European Tour for the first time.