=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Saturday, May 23 ===
=== Hawks' Korver out for postseason ===
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - If the Atlanta Hawks are going to erase a
2-0 deficit in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Cleveland
Cavaliers, they will have to do it without one of the NBA's best shooters.
An MRI Saturday morning revealed that Kyle Korver sustained a severe high
right ankle sprain in Game 2 and will not be available again this season.
Late in the third quarter of Friday's 94-82 loss to Cleveland, Cavs guard
Matthew Dellavedova rolled over on Korver's ankle as they were competing for a
loose ball. Korver went to the locker room to have x-rays, which turned up
negative for a broken ankle.
Korver reached his first career All-Star Game this season, his second with the
Hawks. He averaged 12.1 points per game and led the league in 3-point shooting
for the second straight season at 49.2 percent. He was averaging 11.1 points
on 35.5 percent 3-point shooting in the playoffs.
Korver is the second Hawks starter to battle an injury during this series.
Forward DeMarre Carroll was a game-time decision in Game 2 with a left knee
sprain. Carroll would ultimately play, scoring six points in 34 minutes.
The series resumes Sunday in Cleveland.
=== Raptors' Ross undergoes ankle surgery ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors announced that forward-
guard Terrence Ross underwent surgery on Friday to remove bone spurs and loose
bodies from his left ankle.
No timetable has been set for his return.
Ross, 24, played in all 82 regular season games and all four playoff games
despite the injury. In the regular season, he averaged 9.8 points and 2.8
rebounds per game on 41 percent shooting. He averaged just 7.0 points per game
in Toronto's Eastern Conference quarterfinal sweep at the hands of the
=== Mets 3B Wright has spinal stenosis ===
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Mets third baseman David Wright
has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and will be out at least another week.
The Mets do not believe Wright's condition is degenerative, although assistant
general manager John Ricco said Saturday it has lasted longer than expected.
"The doctors aren't that worried about it," Ricco said, according to MLB.com.
"It's just something that seems to be taking longer than we initially thought.
The way it was progressing, they thought it would be gone by now."
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine that puts pressure on the spinal
cord and nerves, causing pain. It is most common in men and women over 50.
Wright, 32, has been out since being placed on the 15-day disabled list April
15 with a strained right hamstring. The Mets announced on May 8 that he was
also experiencing back pain.
He was batting .333 when he went on the DL after only eight games.
=== A's put Crisp on DL ===
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics have placed
outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain.
To take his spot on the roster, the A's recalled right-handed pitcher Kendall
Graveman from Triple-A Nashville. Graveman is scheduled to start Saturday's
game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Crisp, who has not played since May 19, will not have surgery because the
operation could potentially end his career. He also missed time with the neck
injury in 2014 but did not go on the disabled list.
The 35-year-old Crisp was batting just .044 (2-for-45) in 13 games this year.
He began the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery on his right
elbow and was reinstated May 6.
Graveman joins the A's for the second time this year. He was on the Opening
Day roster and went 1-2 with an 8.27 ERA in four starts before he was optioned
to Nashville April 26.
=== Reds scratch Cueto from Sunday's start ===
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto will not
make his scheduled start Sunday against the Cleveland Indians due to what the
team termed "general stiffness."
Raisel Iglesias will instead draw the assignment in the series finale.
Cueto last pitched Tuesday at Kansas City, allowing three runs and a season
high-tying nine hits over seven innings in the Reds' 3-0 loss. The 2014
All-Star threw 114 and 123 pitches, respectively, in his two previous starts
prior to recording 102 in Tuesday's outing.
The impending free agent right-hander has a solid 3.03 earned run average in
nine starts this season, but has posted a 4.21 ERA along with a 2-3 record in
Iglesias has made two starts earlier this season, including a stellar eight-
inning performance against Atlanta on May 13. The rookie yielded a run on two
hits to earn his first major league win.
=== Reds manager Price ejected before 1st pitch ===
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was
ejected before the first pitch of Saturday's game against Cleveland.
Price was tossed by second base umpire Jim Reynolds as the two argued near
home plate after the teams exchanged lineup cards.
It was Price's second ejection of the season.
The Reds dropped the opener of the three-game series 7-3 on Friday night for
their sixth consecutive loss.
=== Orioles' Matusz ejected for substance on arm ===
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz became
the second major league pitcher in three days to be ejected from a game for
having a foreign substance on his arm.
Matusz was ejected after retiring the first two Miami Marlins batters in the
bottom of the 12th inning Saturday night.
Just like Will Smith, the Milwaukee Brewers reliever who was ejected from a
game in Atlanta on Thursday night, umpires discovered a substance on Matusz's
Smith, who admitted he had rosin and sunscreen on his arm and had forgotten to
wipe it off, was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball.
It's common for pitchers to use a combination of rosin and sunscreen to get a
better grip on the ball, but the practice is banned by MLB.
=== Dodgers place C Grandal on 7-day concussion list ===
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers placed catcher
Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day concussion disabled list Saturday and called
up catcher Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Grandal left Friday night's game against San Diego in the fifth inning after
taking a couple of shots to the head, one on a backswing and one on a foul tip
that struck his mask.
He is batting .291 this season, including .400 in 16 games this month.
Barnes, 25, is making his first appearance on an active major league roster
after hitting .290 in 29 games for Oklahoma City this season.
=== Bellucci defeats Sousa in Geneva Open final ===
Geneva, Switzerland (SportsNetwork.com) - Thomaz Bellucci won the inaugural
Geneva Open title with a straight-set victory over Joao Sousa on Saturday.
Bellucci beat the sixth-seeded Sousa 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to claim his fourth ATP
World Tour crown and first since prevailing on the clay at Gstaad in 2012.
The 27-year-old Bellucci improved to 4-2 in his career ATP finals, while Sousa
fell to 1-3 in finals.
"It wasn't easy to play today," said Bellucci. "It was very windy. I was more
solid at the baseline. Mentally I was strong all week so maybe that was the
key today... The conditions in Geneva are good for me. The ball bounces high
and I like the clay courts here. It's similar to where I practise in Sao
Paulo. I'm feeling very relaxed and happy to win my third title in
Switzerland. I hope to come back next year."
Sousa was attempting to become the first player to win an ATP World Tour title
this year having rallied from a match point down during a tournament after
saving four match points in his win over Pablo Andujar in the quarterfinals.
The French Open starts Sunday. Bellucci will play Marinko Matosevic in the
first round, while Sousa faces Vasek Pospisil.
=== Thiem beats Mayer for first ATP title ===
Nice, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Austrian Dominic Thiem beat Argentine
Leonardo Mayer in Saturday's final at the Nice Open to win his maiden ATP
World Tour title.
Thiem outlasted the fourth-seeded Mayer 6-7 (8-10), 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).
The 21-year-old Thiem is the fourth first-time ATP World Tour winner this
year, joining Jiri Vesely (Auckland), Victor Estrella Burgos (Quito) and Jack
Sock (Houston). He is also the eighth player born in the 1990s
to earn a title.
Thiem played in his second ATP final, having finished as a runner-up in
Kitzbuhel last year.
"It's really, really special; the first title ever," said Thiem. "It's not
only this, the match today was a really, really good level. Leonardo played
outstanding and I was fighting until the end. I think it was one of the best
matches I've ever played.
"The first title, I will remember it forever, so I will also remember forever
Mayer fell to 1-2 in his career finals.
The French Open starts Sunday. Thiem will play Aljaz Bedene in the first
round, while Mayer faces Vesely.
=== Knapp wins second WTA title ===
Nurnberg, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Karin Knapp outlasted Roberta Vinci in
Saturday's all-Italian final at the Nurnberg Cup.
The sixth-seeded Knapp won her first title of the year with a 7-6 (7-5), 4-6,
6-1 win over Vinci. Knapp is now 4-2 all-time against Vinci.
The 27-year-old Knapp improved to 2-1 in her career WTA finals, with her other
title coming last year in Tashkent.
"I'm really, really happy to win the title," Knapp said. "It's never easy
against Roberta, and as you saw it was a close match. But it's great to get
the win and gain some good confidence for the French Open."
The fourth-seeded Vinci reached the final via walkover when second-seeded
German favorite Angelique Kerber pulled out of their scheduled semifinal on
The 32-year-old Vinci fell to 9-4 in finals, with her last title coming in her
hometown of Palermo in 2013.
The French Open starts Sunday. Knapp will face Caroline Wozniacki in the first
round, while Vinci squares off against Alize Cornet.
=== Stosur fights back to win Strasbourg title ===
Strasbourg, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Former U.S. Open champion Samantha
Stosur won her first title of the year with a three-set victory over Kristina
Mladenovic of France in Saturday's final at the Strasbourg International.
The third-seeded Aussie Stosur rallied past Mladenovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The 31-
year-old Stosur is now 3-0 lifetime against the 5-foot-11 Mladenovic.
Stosur improved to 7-14 in her career WTA finals, with her last title coming
in Osaka last year. She was a surprise U.S. Open champ in 2011.
"It was a last minute decision to come here, so to play as well as I did and
walk away with the title, it's exciting, and especially going into a Grand
Slam. It's been a really good week for me in Strasbourg," said Stosur.
The 22-year-old Mladenovic played in her first-ever WTA final.
The French Open starts Sunday. Stosur will face American Madison Brengle in
the first round, while Mladenovic squares off against Eugenie Bouchard.
=== Dillon dominant in Xfinity Series race at Charlotte ===
Concord, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Austin Dillon claimed his second win in the
Xfinity Series this season with a dominating performance in Saturday's Hisense
300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Dillon, a regular in the Sprint Cup Series and the 2013 Xfinity champion,
started on the pole and led 163 of 200 laps around this 1.5-mile racetrack.
Denny Hamlin, who is Dillon's fellow competitor in Sprint Cup, grabbed the
lead from Dillon following the last restart with 34 laps to go. Earlier in the
race, Hamlin had to pit unexpectedly for a loose wheel and fell one lap
behind. He benefited from a caution shortly after to get back on the lead lap
and then work his way through the field.
Dillon had dropped to third in the running order after the final restart, but
he worked his way back to the top, as he passed Hamlin for the lead with 15
laps to go. Dillon beat Hamlin to the finish line by 2.7 seconds.
"I didn't want to get out of this (car). It drove so good," Dillon said. "It
was a heck of a race there with Denny at the end. I had to go right there in
lapped traffic. I knew that if I didn't hurry up and get in front of him, the
tires might equal out or something."
Dillon, the driver of the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, scored
his fourth career victory in Xfinity. All four of them have occurred on 1.5-
mile tracks. He won both Kentucky races from the pole during the 2012 season.
On March 7, he took the checkered flag at Las Vegas after starting first and
leading 183 of 200 laps there.
Hamlin made his last scheduled start in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in
Xfinity this season. Kyle Busch had normally driven that car until he suffered
a broken right leg and left foot during an accident in the Xfinity season-
opener at Daytona three months ago. Busch is scheduled to compete in his first
Sprint Cup points-paying race this season in Sunday's 600-mile event at
"Austin did a great job coming back there," Hamlin said. "I'm happy with a
second-place finish, considering what I thought we had for a car all day. I
thought we were probably a fifth-or-sixth-place car at best, but we were able
to get a good restart and tried to hold those guys off. (Dillon) just had a
little too much speed for me."
Kasey Kahne, who drove the No. 5 car for JR Motorsports in this race, finished
third, while his teammate, Regan Smith, an Xfinity regular, placed fourth.
Darrell Wallace Jr., a rookie in the series this season, was fifth, followed
by Daniel Suarez, also a rookie in 2015, and Ty Dillon, who is Austin's
Smith, Wallace, Suarez and Ty Dillon were the top-four finishing Xfinity
regulars in this race and therefore qualified for the first "Dash 4 Cash"
event in the series this season, which is next Saturday at Dover. The highest
finisher of those four drivers at Dover will collect a $100,000 bonus.
Chase Elliott, the defending Xfinity champion, finished eighth, while Elliott
Sadler and Ryan Blaney completed the top-10.
Despite finishing 11th, Chris Buescher remained atop the championship
standings. Ty Dillon trimmed Buescher's lead from eight points to four.
Elliott is now 28 points behind the leader, while Wallace trails by 30.
Buescher took over the points lead last weekend when he won at Iowa.
=== Hamilton takes pole position for Monaco GP ===
Monaco (SportsNetwork.com) - Days after he signed his three-year contract
extension with Mercedes that's reportedly worth $150 million, Lewis Hamilton
claimed the pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix after beating his teammate
and championship rival, Nico Rosberg, in Saturday's qualifying.
Hamilton, the two-time and defending Formula One world champion, posted a lap
time of 1 minute, 15.098 seconds on the famed Monte Carlo street circuit to
earn his first pole for the Monaco GP. His lap was 0.342 seconds faster than
Rosberg. Hamilton won this race for the first time after starting third in
2008, the year he captured his first F1 title with McLaren.
It's fifth time in six grand prix this season that Hamilton will start on
pole. He also scored his 43rd career pole in F1.
"It's been a long time," Hamilton said after winning his first Monaco GP pole
in his ninth attempt. "I can't express how happy I am. It wasn't an easy
(qualifying) session. I had a lot of things that kind of threw me off the
rhythm. I didn't have the rhythm until the last two laps, so I was really
happy with that."
During his final lap in the last round of qualifying (Q3), Rosberg locked up
his right-front tire in the tight Ste-Devote turn and had to abort his lap. He
also locked up in the same area late in Q2. Rosberg had the quickest lap in
the first round of qualifying.
"I had a good rhythm starting off in qualifying, which I didn't have all
weekend," Rosberg said. "I lost touch a little bit towards the end while
trying to go for it. I knew Lewis was going to be quick, so I needed to go for
it, but it didn't work out."
Rosberg has won the last two Monaco GPs from the pole. He also started on the
pole and won the most recent grand prix in Spain two weeks ago, which moved
him to within 20 points of Hamilton for the lead in the F1 world championship
The pole sitter for the Monaco GP has won the race 10 times in the past 11
years, including the previous six. Monte Carlo is one of the most difficult
circuits on the F1 calendar. Overtaking here is virtually impossible.
"It's difficult to express how hard this track is," Hamilton said.
In last year's qualifying for the Monaco GP, Hamilton was furious with Rosberg
after Rosberg ran wide and had to pull over on to an escape road during his
final lap. He held the provisional pole at the time. Hamilton was making his
last run but had to slow his pace, as the yellow flags were displayed for his
teammate's incident. It prevented Hamilton from a possibility of winning the
Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari qualified third for Sunday's race, 0.751 seconds
behind Hamilton. A Ferrari driver has not won the Monaco GP since Michael
Schumacher in 2001.
"I'm generally happy with the result," Vettel said. "It was a good session for
us. P3 is a good place to start from tomorrow. Hopefully, we can split the
Mercedes and therefore have an exciting race."
Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Daniel Kvyat placed fourth and fifth,
respectively, while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took the sixth spot after he was
involved in an accident during final practice, held prior to qualifying.
Sergio Perez from Force India qualified seventh. Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz had
qualified eighth, but Sainz will have to start the race from pit lane -- in
last place -- after he was penalized for failing to stop for a mandatory
weighing during Q1.
The Monaco race stewards said that Sainz "failed to stop for weighing during
Q1 when signaled to do so by the red traffic light, the car was not returned
to the FIA garage and work was undertaken."
Pastor Maldonado from Lotus moved up to eighth on the starting grid, followed
by 17-year-old Max Verstappen, who is a teammate of Sainz, and McLaren's
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean had qualified 11th, but Grosjean was penalized
five grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change.
The Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas struggled in qualifying.
Bottas did not make it out of Q1. He will start 16th. Massa placed 14th but
will move up two spots on the grid due to Sainz and Grosjean's penalties.
=== Na stays on top at Colonial ===
Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Na managed a 1-under 69 on Saturday
and ended three rounds one stroke clear of the field at the Crowne Plaza
Na finished 54 holes at 11-under-par 199. He will go for his second PGA Tour
win on Sunday.
Ian Poulter stumbled to a 4-putt double-bogey to fall from a share of the
lead. He got those shots back en route to posting a 68 at Colonial, which left
him one stroke off the lead at minus-10.
Charley Hoffman climbed into third place at 9-under-par 201 thanks to a third-
round 66. Chris Kirk (65) and Brandt Snedeker (66) share fourth place at
Rory Sabbatini also posted a 4-under 66 to move into a tie for sixth. He
stands alongside George McNeill (69), Brian Harman (69) and Kevin Kisner (67)
at 7-under-par 203.
Defending champion Adam Scott (66) and Masters winner Jordan Spieth (67) are
among seven players that share 10th place at minus-6.
Na followed a pair of pars to open his round with a 16-foot birdie effort at
the third. At the fifth, a bad drive led to a bogey, which dropped him back to
The 31-year-old ran off five pars in a row from the sixth. He played his third
on the par-5 11th to seven feet and he rolled that in for birdie. After a trio
of pars, Na missed the green at the 15th, but chipped to five feet.
Na failed to convert that par putt to slip back into a share of the lead with
Poulter. Na atoned for that mistake with a 14-foot birdie effort at No. 17. He
parred the last to end one clear of Poulter.
"It wasn't playing easy. It was a bit breezy. It was tough to judge the
distance on some of the shots, and I hung in there today," said Na. "I broke
par, and I still have the lead, which is good. I made a great bogey on five
... it was nice to close with a birdie and a par on 18."
Poulter opened a steady front nine with a short birdie effort at the first. He
parred five in a row before pouring in a 30-footer for birdie on the seventh.
That gave the Englishman a share of the lead, but he didn't stay there long.
Poulter parred eight and nine, before his putter let him down at the 10th.
Poulter's approach stopped 16 feet from the hole. He ran his first two putts
by the hole, then failed to make his bogey try. The double-bogey dropped
Poulter two back.
He came right back with a 6-footer for birdie at 11 and briefly reclaimed a
piece of the lead thanks to a 32-foot birdie putt on the 15th. Poulter parred
the final three to finish there.
"I played lovely. Overall assessment of the round of golf - I put myself in
position, gave myself plenty of chances, took a few, and then had a bizarre 4-
putt on 10, which was strange to be honest. As good as I putted all week, as
good as my stroke felt all week, that one was just strange," Poulter said.
"I'm in a good position and I'm happy with my game."
McNeill birdied four of the first six holes to soar into a share of the lead.
However, he had three bogeys and nine pars over the final 12 holes to slide
NOTES: This is the fifth time Na has owned the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour
... He won one of the previous four times he was in that position ... Tee
times were moved up again on Sunday with inclement weather in the forecast ...
Harrison Frazar, Chad Collins, Jarrod Lyle, Steve Wheatcroft, Patrick Rodgers,
John Peterson and Kyle Reifers missed the secondary cut after the third round.
=== An joins Molinari in lead at BMW PGA ===
Surrey, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Byeong Hun An fired a 5-under 67 in
Saturday's third round to join Francesco Molinari, who carded a 4-under 68,
atop the leaderboard at the BMW PGA Championship.
Molinari, a three-time tour winner, held the outright lead at the end of
the first and second rounds, and An came from one shot back to tie the
Italian. The duo holds a 2-shot lead at 14-under-par 202 after 54 holes.
"It wasn't easy today. It's never easy when you lead a tournament from the
start," Molinari admitted. "I'm happy with what I did today. There was a lot
of guys doing some pretty special stuff out there so to still be out on top,
even with co-leading, it's a good result."
Thongchai Jaidee grabbed the lead early on in his round and wound up shooting
a 68 as well at Wentworth. Jaidee is two shots back and alone in third at 12-
Tommy Fleetwood used an albatross on the fourth hole to shoot a 7-under 65,
vaulting him into fourth at minus-11. Miguel Angel Jimenez (68), the 2008
champion, made his second hole-in-one in as many weeks and is one shot further
back at 10-under 206.
Beginning the day in second place and one shot back of Molinari, An tapped in
for birdie at the first to tie for the lead. Molinari responded at the par-4
third with a 4-foot birdie, giving him the outright lead once again at
However, on the next hole An drained his second gain at four to tie the lead
Following a trio of pars from No. 4, Molinari nearly holed out for eagle on
No. 7 and tapped in for his birdie. A 10-footer dropped for Molinari on the
next hole, making it back-to-back birdies and moving him to minus-13.
In the meantime, An was three shots back due to his first bogey on seven.
While Molinari made three more pars from nine, An went on a run with three
birdies in four holes from 11.
Although Molinari made back-to-back gains on 12 and 13 to stay three ahead of
An, the South Korean's birdie at 14 paired with Molinari's first bogey in 28
holes on the par-3 trimmed his lead to one.
Molinari struggled a bit down the stretch, but was able to make four straight
pars to finish.
Although An fell two back with a bogey on 15, he finished strong with back-to-
back birdies on the closing par-5s at 17 and 18, pulling him even with
"I finished birdie-birdie and 18 is not easy where the flag is today," An
said. "I putted well and hit it well, a good round of golf ... I probably hit
it well in almost every event but didn't putt well, but this week I think the
putting was key to get me into the co-lead going into the final round.
Tomorrow hopefully I'll shoot the same."
Jaidee got off to a roaring start with birdies on one and two. A 20-foot eagle
on No. 4 gave Jaidee the advantage at the time, but four straight pars
followed by a bogey on nine dropped him out of the lead.
The 45-year-old from Thailand finished with a rather routine back nine, making
birdies on 12 and 18 to go along with a bogey on 14.
Fleetwood not only holed out from 198 yards on the par-5 fourth for an
albatross, he also drained an eagle from about 25 feet on No. 12. The
Englishman also made four birdies and two bogeys in his round of 65.
NOTES: Molinari is seeking his first win since the 2012 Open de Espana ... An
has never won on the European Tour ... Jimenez's hole-in-one was his 10th on
the European Tour, breaking a tie with Colin Montgomerie for most in tour
history ... Jimenez has three aces this season and two in as many weeks after
he made one on No. 8 in the second round at last week's Open de Espana ...
Fleetwood's 65 was the low round of the day.
=== Montgomerie grabs 3-shot lead at Senior PGA ===
French Lick, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending champion Colin Montgomerie
carded a 2-under 70 in Saturday's third round and moved three strokes clear of
Bernhard Langer at the Senior PGA Championship.
Montgomerie completed 54 holes at 5-under-par 211. He is looking for his third
victory on the Champions Tour, and third major championship title as well.
"I'm glad that putt went in at the last. Yes, delighted with the day's
performance," Montgomerie said. "It was going to be tricky, of course it's
going to be tricky, there's no question. It's a very, very difficult golf
course. It's back to proper major golf, where par means something."
Langer, the 2008 runner-up, moved into second place at minus-2 with a 3-under
69 in the third round on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
Scott Verplank (70), Esteban Toledo (73) and Brian Henninger (74) are the only
other players in red figures at 1-under-par 215.
Steve Jones matched the low round of the day with his 4-under 68. He soared
into a share of sixth place at even-par 216. Jones was joined there by Sandy
Lyle (70) and Woody Austin (72).
Second-round leader Tom Lehman struggled to five bogeys on the back nine en
route to a 6-over 78, which dropped him into a tie for 13th at plus-2.
Montgomerie stumbled out of the gate with a bogey at the first, which dropped
him to minus-2 and two behind Lehman. As Montgomerie ran off seven straight
pars from the second, Lehman faltered.
The second-round leader dropped a shot at three, but came back with a birdie
at the fifth. Lehman tripped to back-to-back bogeys at six and seven to dip to
minus-2. He got one back with a birdie at the ninth, but Lehman bogeyed five
of the last nine holes to fall from contention.
Montgomerie dropped in a birdie at the ninth, and another at the 11th to move
to minus-4. The Scotsman parred six straight from the 12th. At the last, he
stuffed his approach within two feet and kicked that in for a closing birdie.
"I was delighted only to drop one shot today, which happened to be the first
from the middle of the fairway. It was a crazy second shot. I don't know what
I was doing, I just pulled an approach wedge left of the green and then
unfortunately made bogey," explained Montgomerie. "But to play the rest of the
round 3-under with no mistakes was a good effort. And I'm very proud of what I
achieved today, because you had to play chess with the course."
Langer traded a birdie for a bogey from the first. He birdied the fifth and
jumped to minus-2 with a hole-out eagle at the par-4 eighth.
Around the turn, Langer slid back to even-par with bogeys at 13 and 16.
However, he birdied the final two holes to end alone in second place.
"I made a stupid bogey on 16. I was 80 yards away for my third shot, it was an
awkward stance on a mound and just hit it too hard, came out flying and over
the green. So, I wasn't a happy camper walking off that green, making six
there," said Langer. "Very pleased with the way I finished."
Henninger bounced back from bogeys at the fourth and sixth with three birdies
in a 4-hole span from the ninth. That burst gave him a share of the lead at
minus-3. At the par-5 16th, Henninger lost a ball in the tall grass left of
the fairway and that led to a triple-bogey, which dropped him to minus-1. He
parred the final two holes to end there.
NOTES: Montgomerie is looking to become the first player since Hale Irwin, who
won this event three straight years from 1996-98, to successfully defend his
title ... Montgomerie leads going into the final round for the third time on
the Champions Tour.
=== Morita-Wanyaolu wins Symetra Classic playoff ===
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Haruka Morita-Wanyaolu birdied the second
playoff hole Saturday to defeat Augusta James and win the Symetra Classic.
Morita-Wanyaolu and James shared second place entering the final round and
both closed with 5-under 67s to end at 12-under-par 204.
They returned to the 18th for the extra session. Both made par the first time
around, and the second time they played the 18th, Morita-Wanyaolu holed a
birdie effort for her first Symetra Tour win.
Morita-Wanyaolu birdied three in a row from the second. She bogeyed the eighth
to dip to minus-9, but got that back with a birdie on the 12th. Birdies 15 and
16 moved Morita-Wanyaolu to 12-under before she parred 17 and 18.
James, who won earlier this year, ran off three straight from the first. Like,
Morita-Wanyaolu, James also bogeyed No. 8. Birdies at 11 and 15 moved James to
11-under. She birdied the 18th to force the playoff.
Rachel Rohanna also closed with a 67 to take third at minus-11. Lindy Duncan
(68) grabbed fourth at 9-under 207. Second-round leader Haley Italia stumbled
to a 1-over 73 to slide into a share of seventh at 7-under 209.
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