Golf roundup: Mickelson stumbles to 73, hits spectator in head, but still tied for lead

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Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney wound up tied for the lead Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship, minus the separation from the rest of the field.

Mickelson hit a shot out-of-bounds on the 15th hole and hit another shot that struck a spectator in the head, costing him three shots over the last four holes at Quail Hollow in his round of 1-over 73. Watney hit a semi-shank with a 6-iron on the par-3 17th, took double bogey and had to settle for a 71.

It felt like a small consolation that they were tied at 8-under 208, one shot ahead of George McNeill, who had his share of trouble down the stretch for a 72.

Instead of pulling away from the pack, their mistakes in a wild final hour allowed a dozen players to get within three shots of the lead.

One of them was Rory McIlroy, who shot 73 and missed seven putts from the 5-foot range or closer, which was no way to celebrate his 24th birthday. McIlroy ranked 82nd out of the 83 players who made the 36-hole cut in the key putting statistic, yet he still goes into the final round with a good chance for his first win of the year.

LPGA

Two-time champion Cristie Kerr shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over world No. 2 Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen after the third round of the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.

Kerr, the only two-time winner at the River Course, made six birdies to reach 10-under 203. She took command on a day when seven players shared the lead at one point or another.

Lewis shot a 69, and Pettersen, the 2007 champion, had a 68. Fort Worth resident Angela Stanford was three strokes back after a 70, and Ilhee Lee was fifth at 6 under after an all-over-the-place 69.

Ariya Jutanugarn, the 17-year-old Thai player who led after each of the first two rounds, had three bogeys and a birdie on her first four holes and fought a balky putter for a 73 that left her five shots back, where she was tied with Lizette Salas, whose bogey-free 65 was the best round of the day.

Champions

Gene Sauers chipped in for birdie on the par-4 17th a day after making a double bogey on the hole, and finished with a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship in The Woodlands.

Sauers hit into the water on the 17th hole Friday, but atoned for the mistake Saturday with a 25-yard chip.

The 50-year-old Sauers, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour who is making his 10th career start on the 50-and-over tour, had an 8-under 136 total at The Woodlands Country Club.

First-round leader Mike Goodes was second after his second straight 69.

China Open

Brett Rumford of Australia shot a 3-under 69 Saturday to lead by one stroke after the third round of the China Open in Tianjin, while 16-year-old Dou Zecheng of China trailed by 10 strokes after a 72. Conditions were windy on the Binhai Lake Golf Club course as Rumford moved to 12 under, one stroke ahead of Mikko Ilonen (73). The Finn led by three shots at the halfway mark.

“It was a really tough day and a very tiring day, and I really started to feel it on the back nine,” Rumford said.

Amateur Dou Zecheng became the youngest at 16 to make the tournament cut on Friday after rounds of 70-72.

Asian Tour

Ernie Els shot a 4-under 68 to leave the South African star one stroke behind leader Daisuke Kataoka of Japan after three rounds of the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta.

Kataoka had a 66 for a total of 11-under 205 at Royale Jakarta Golf Club. Els is tied for second at 206 with Australia’s Bernd Wiesberger, who shot a 67.

Canada’s Richard T. Lee (72) is at 207 followed by Taiwan’s Hung Chien-yao (70) at 208.

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