first_imgFrom news services Scott Verplank was two shots behind with three holes to play Saturday, then surged into a share of the lead at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic simply by making pars. Verplank, one of six players who had at least a share of the lead on a wild afternoon at Disney, wound up with a 71 and was tied with Stephen Ames going into a final round in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. On a pristine day outside the Magic Kingdom, chaos reigned on the closing holes at a tournament that used to be known for birdies falling as often as the whistle blows at Thunder Mountain. Singapore Open U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera shot a 1-under 70 to double his lead to four strokes. Cabrera, of Argentina, fired three birdies and two bogeys to finish with a three-day total of 9-under 204 at the $4 million Asian Tour tournament at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. “I had to work my way around. It was tough, the winds were picking up, and the greens are getting very hard,” said Cabrera, who made a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 17. Four strokes behind in second place was Jin Park of the United States, who had three bogeys and one birdie for a 1-over 72. Phil Mickelson, who was six strokes off the pace at the start of the round, slipped further down the leaderboard after four bogeys, but got back into a tie for 11th place with birdies on the final two holes. He’s at even-par 213. Justin Rose struggled early before shooting an even-par 71 to lead European Order of Merit rival Padraig Harrington by four shots after the third round in Sotogrande, Spain. Rose, who started the round with a four-shot lead atop the leaderboard, recovered from a bogey-double bogey start with three birdies and then sank a tough putt at the last hole to save par. Rose is at 4-under 209. Harrington is tied with Simon Dyson (69) of England at 213. Ernie Els leads the PGA European money list by $313,892 over Harrington but opted to play in Singapore on the Asia Tour this week. Harrington leads Rose by $948. Volvo Masters Mizuno Classic This was something new for Laura Davies – a two-stroke penalty for putting from the wrong place. The penalty dropped her into a tie for the lead with Momoko Ueda in Shima, Japan. “I’m just angry that this happened,” Davies said. “This is my 20th year on tour and it’s never happened.” The 44-year-old British player looked set to maintain her lead, but the penalty gave her a double-bogey on the par-4 14th. She settled for a par 72 and a tie with Ueda, who shot a 67. Both are at 7-under 137 after two rounds.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Ames, who had a two-shot lead at one point, bogeyed two of his last three holes with three-putts that measured 60 and 70 feet. He had to settle for a 70 but had few complaints about still being in the lead. The man of few words was Brett Wetterich, who might have joined the leaders except for his triple bogey on the final hole when he suffered a two-stroke penalty for accidentally moving a twig inside the hazard while deciding whether to play the shot. He had a 72 and walked off the course without speaking to reporters or a PGA Tour official. Once he cools down, Wetterich might realize he’s still in the hunt. Then again, just about everyone is. “There’s got to be 30 guys that have a chance to win,” Verplank said. Verplank and Ames were at 13-under 203, with Justin Leonard (70) and longshot Tag Ridings (71) in the five-way tie for third. Two dozen players were separated by four shots going into the final round of the final PGA Tour event of the year. last_img

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