Eagle on 18 propels Johnson past Woods into Chevron lead
Tiger Woods lost his three-shot margin with every shot that looked good until the wind decided otherwise. He lost his lead Saturday in the Chevron World Challenge because of something that was really out of his control.
Zach Johnson was 163 yards away in the 18th fairway, one shot behind and hopeful of getting his 7-iron onto the top shelf to make par as easy as possible. Imagine his surprise when it landed near the hole and hopped back into the cup for an eagle that put him atop the leader board.
"I would have been happy with a 4, let alone a 3," Johnson said. "A 2 is a steal."
That eagle gave him a 4-under 68, allowing him to make up a four-shot deficit on Woods and take a one-shot lead into the final round of the final official event this year in America.
Woods had a 1-over 73 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. "I hit a lot of good shots that ended up in bad spots because I had bad gusts," he said. "So be it, that's the way it goes. I'm right there with a chance going into tomorrow."
Johnson was at 8-under 208 and will be in the final group with Woods, one shot behind. K.J. Choi overcame a double bogey on the par-5 second hole for a 72 and was three shots out of the lead. No one else was closer than five.
Woods had the 36-hole lead for the second straight tournament, and for the second straight time failed to break par in the third round. He felt differently Saturday than he did at the Australian Open in Sydney, where he opened with three straight bogeys and finished the day six shots out of the lead.
"Most of the time today, it wasn't me," Woods said. "I hit a lot of good shots today."
Westwood fires 62 for 7-shot lead
Defending champion Lee Westwood shot 10-under 62 Saturday to take a seven-shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The No. 3-ranked Westwood produced the best round under normal rules at the Sun City tournament in South Africa, reeling off 10 birdies for a 16-under 200 at the $5 million invitational event. After Padraig Harrington's 61 in 2001 — when players were allowed to clean and place their ball because of wet weather — Westwood's performance was the lowest score in the 30 years of the Nedbank Challenge. The Englishman picked up eight shots on overnight leader Graeme McDowell (70), who shared second at 9 under with Robert Karlsson (69).
McIlroy slips 3 shots back in Hong Kong
Alvaro Quiros of Spain shot a 3-under 67 Saturday to hold a one-shot lead after the third round of the Hong Kong Open, while joint overnight leader Rory McIlroy fell three strokes behind. The 28-year-old Quiros is one shot ahead of Sweden's Peter Hanson, who recovered from an early bogey to shoot 65. McIlroy, the U.S. Open champion, needed two late birdies to scramble for a 70.
Calcavecchia wins senior tournament
Mark Calcavecchia shot a 5-under 67 and rallied to win the Nedbank Senior Challenge by a stroke over Ian Woosnam and Bernhard Langer in Sun City, South Africa. Calcavecchia had five birdies Saturday to finish 9 under in three rounds, beating overnight leader Langer (71) and Woosnam (70) in the race for the $250,000 first prize for seniors.
Blackwelder misses cut by one
Former Kentucky standout Mallory Blackwelder missed the cut by one stroke Saturday after shooting a 9-over 81 in the fourth round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. Blackwelder, who entered the round in a tie for 27th place after a 71 on Friday, had six bogeys and a triple-bogey on LPGA International's Champions Course. Seventy-six players made the 72-hole cut at 12-over 300. The top 40 and ties will receive LPGA Tour membership, with the top 20 earning full status. Christine Song shot an even-par 72 on the International's Legends Course to take a 4-stroke lead into the final round. The 20-year-old Song, from Fullerton, Calif., had a 10-under 278 total.
Lindsey Wilson men win NAIA title
Make it nine national championships for the Lindsey Wilson men's soccer tram. Lebogang Moloto's goal in the fifth minute of overtime Saturday night gave No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Hastings (Neb.) in the NAIA finals in Orange Beach, Ala. The Blue Raiders capped a perfect season at 23-0. Hastings scored in the fourth minute for a 1-0 lead, but Lindsey Wilson answered on Mat Luak's goal in the 35th. An own goal at the end of the first half put the Blue Raiders ahead 2-1, and Jake Ramsay scored the equalizer for Hastings (24-2-1) in the 61st minute. Lindsey Wilson is 9-0 in national championship games.
Louisville men ousted from NCAAs
There will be no repeat trip to the national championship game for the Louisville men's soccer team. The host Cardinals played UCLA to a scoreless tie for more than 100 minutes Saturday night before Reed Williams' goal in the second overtime gave the Bruins a 1-0 victory in the NCAA quarterfinals. UCLA (18-4-1) will face top-seeded North Carolina (20-2-2) in the semifinals in Hoover, Ala., on Friday. Louisville (14-7-2) made it to the NCAA finals last season, losing to Akron 1-0.
Suh not injured in car accident
Police in Oregon say Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh crashed his car into a tree in downtown Portland, but was not injured. Police say Suh was not impaired and was cooperative with officers following the accident at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. Suh lost control of the 1970 Chevrolet Coupe he was driving, which then hit a curb, light pole, drinking fountain and tree. His vehicle was towed from the scene. Suh had two passengers in the vehicle. They were not injured. Suh is a graduate of Portland's Grant High School. On Tuesday, the league suspended him for two games for stomping the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Argentina wins Davis Cup doubles
Argentina won the doubles against host Spain to trail 2-1 in the Davis Cup final, although the South Americans will face Rafael Nadal on his favorite clay surface on Sunday. David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank, partnering for the first time, eased to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory Saturday over Spanish pair Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez on the clay at Olympic Stadium. Nadal, unbeaten on clay in 16 Davis Cup matches, opens Sunday for four-time champion Spain against Juan Martin del Potro.
Favored C C's Pal wins at Aqueduct
C C's Pal, the even-money favorite, surged in deep stretch Saturday to beat the front-running Isn't She Grand by 2¼ lengths in the $65,000 Garland of Roses Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct. Junior Alvarado was aboard for trainer Rick Dutrow as the 4-year-old improved to 6-for-24.
The last word
NBC's Jay Leno, on the fan who accidentally shot himself in the leg in the parking lot before a Patriots game:
"The guy's lucky. If his gun had gone off at a Raiders game, 50,000 fans would have returned fire."