De Jonge leads AT&T; Woods one back
Brendon de Jonge had more birdies than people in his gallery Saturday at the AT&T National to take a one-shot lead over Tiger Woods and two others in Bethesda, Md.
De Jonge had three birdies for a 2-under-par 69 on a bizarre day at Congressional. An overnight wind storm toppled trees, leading tournament officials to keep spectators and all but essential volunteers off the course. Except for Woods, most players had no one watching.
De Jonge was at 7-under 206 as he goes for his first PGA Tour win.
Woods got within one shot of the lead with four birdies on his opening 10 holes, but no closer. He had a 67 and was one shot back, along with Bo Van Pelt (67) and S.Y. Noh (69).
Champions — Mark Calcavecchia shot a 6-under 64 for a share of the third-round lead with Joe Daley in the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh.
Calcavecchia, the Montreal Championship winner last week, matched Daley at 12-under 198 at Fox Chapel. Daley had a 68.
Second-round leader Fred CouplesTom Lehman were a stroke back. Couples had a 70, and Lehman shot a 66. Lehman won the Regions Traditions in his last start.
Calcavecchia’s bogey-free round matched the best of the day. After winning last week, he has improved his score each day, opening with a 69 and shooting a 65 on Friday.
Jeff Freeman was 10 under after a 70, Fred Funk was another stroke back after a 64, and Bill Glasson was 8 under after a 68. Freeman needed only 11 putts on a back nine that featured four birdies and an eagle on 15. Funk eagled the par-5 third hole and had a stretch of five birdies over seven holes on the back nine.
Kenny Perry had a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th and finish with a 67 to join Michael Allen (70), Roger Chapman (66), and Olin Browne (69) at 6 under.
European — Jamie Donaldson shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Irish Open in Portrush, Northern Ireland, while Rory McIlroy finished six shots back.
Donaldson moved to 12 under despite a mixed round that featured an eagle, four birdies, and three bogeys. The Welshman is one shot ahead of England’s Anthony Wall, with Padraig Harrington and Mark Foster another shot back.
McIlroy improved 13 spots to tie for 11th with a 71, while France’s Gregory Bourdy toppled with an 80.
Graeme McDowell was eight behind and British Open champion Darren Clarke was nine off the pace two weeks ahead of his title defense at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
LPGA — At Rogers, Ark., Veronica Felibert shot a 5-under 66 to stretch her lead to four strokes in the NW Arkansas Classic.
The rookie from Venezuela continued her surprising run at Pinnacle Country Club, where she made the field as the second alternate. After missing the cuts in her previous three tournaments, she opened with a 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead.
Mika Miyazato and Inbee Park were tied for second. Miyazato had a 65, and Park shot 68. Brittany Lang had a 63, the best round of the week, to top the group at 6 under.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng, the two-time defending champion and a three-time winner this year, followed her opening 73 with a 74 to miss her first cut in more than a year.