PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Top-ranked Stacy Lewis birdied the last three holes and five of the final six Thursday for an 8-under 64 and a share of the lead with Mi Jung Hur in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, had a bogey-free round on The Senator course. She has a tour-high three victories this season.
Hur also had a bogey-free round. The South Korean player won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2009.
South Africa’s Paula Reto had a 65, and Cydney Clanton was another stroke back along with Sweden’s Karin Sjodin and Japan’s Ayako Uehara.
Former University of Alabama star Stephanie Meadow shot 68.
Lexi Thompson, the 2011 winner at age 16, opened with a 70.
WEB.COM TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Zac Blair matched the course record with a 7-under 63 to take the lead in the Web.com Tour Championship, the final event in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals.
Blair, the 24-year-old former BYU player who needs to earn about $40,000 this week to earn a PGA Tour card, had a bogey-free round on TPC Sawgrass’ Dye’s Valley Course.
Blair missed the cuts in the first three events in the series limited to the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings.
The top 25 on the Web.com money list have earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on their earnings in the series.
Scott Pinckney, Derek Fathauer, Sung Joon Park, Bronson La’Cassie and Chad Collins were tied for second at 65.
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) – Dutchman Joost Luiten birdied seven of his last 10 holes for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the Wales Open, the final event before the Ryder Cup next week at Gleneagles.
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts had a 66 on Celtic Manor’s Twenty-Ten Course. He eagled the 575-yard 18th hole after hitting a drive 447 yards.
European Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood, Jamie Donaldson, Thomas Bjorn and Stephen Gallacher are in the field. Donaldson shot 70, Bjorn 71, Westwood 73, and Gallacher 78.
U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Former George Washington basketball player Patrick Tallent won the U.S. Senior Amateur, beating Bryan Norton 2 and 1 at Big Canyon.
The 61-year-old Tallent, from Vienna, Virginia, survived a 15-for-13 playoff Monday to advance to match play in the event for players 55 and older. He was the runner-up in 2010.
Tallent took a 4-up lead with a birdie win on the par-4 ninth, but Norton, a 55-year-old reinstated amateur from Overland Park, Kansas, won Nos. 11, 12 and 14 to cut it to a hole. Tallent rebounded to take the par-3 15th with a birdie, and matched Norton with a bogey on the par-5 16th and a birdie on the par-3 17th – holing a 30-footer – to close out the match.
At No. 60, Tallent is the worst-seeded player to win since the since the USGA began seeding players based on qualifying scores in 1992. Bill Shean was No. 58 when he won in 2000.
U.S. SENIOR WOMEN’S AMATEUR
DEAL, N.J. (AP) – Joan Higgins won the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Hollywood Golf Club, hitting every fairway in regulation in a 1-up victory over Canada’s Judith Kyrinis.
The 58-year-old Higgins, a former University of Wisconsin tennis player who lives in Glendora, California, also won the 2008 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Higgins took the lead with a par on the par-5 16th, matched Kyrinis with a bogey on the par-3 17th and a par – holing an 8-foot putt – on the par-4 18th.
The 50-year-old Kyrinis is a registered nurse in Toronto.