Y.E. Yang, Asia’s first Major winner, won his second OneAsia title of the year after shooting a closing five-under-par 66 for a surprise two-stroke victory in the 53rd Korea Open. Noh Seung-yul started the final day with a five-stroke lead and was 10 clear of Yang, but the 19-year-old struggled to a 79 to share fourth place after a dramatic final day at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.
Yang won the 300 million won (US$260,000) prize after finishing with a four-under total of 280, two ahead of 20-year-old Kim Bi-o, who shot 73, and Choi Ho-sung, who carded a 71. Choi Jin-ho (70) tied with Noh at one-under, while 18-year-old amateur Han Chang-won (71) was sixth at even-par.
Reuters, ST ANDREWS, Scotland
Briton John Parry’s four-shot overnight lead was cut in half after the Dunhill Links Championship third round on Saturday.
The 23-year-old carded a one-under 71 in cold and overcast conditions at Carnoustie, one of three courses being used this week, to finish on 13-under 203 in the US$5 million pro-am event.
Parry, who won the Vivendi Cup in France two weeks ago, was two strokes in front of Spain’s Alvaro Quiros (68) and German Martin Kaymer (68).
Reuters, ATLANTA, Georgia
American Heath Slocum stuck to his formula on Saturday and emerged with the same result, a 66 that gave him a one-stroke lead in the McGladrey Classic at St. Simon’s Island in Georgia heading into yesterday’s last round.
It was the third straight round of four under par by Slocum, whose 12-under-par 198 total was a shot better than compatriots Joe Durant (68) and Troy Merritt (64).
AFP, PRATTVILLE, Alabama
US veteran Cristie Kerr fired a five-under par 67 on Saturday to seize a three-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Navistar Classic.
Despite a double bogey at the par-4 15th and a closing bogey at 18, Kerr finished 54 holes on 17-under 199, three strokes better than South Korean Na Yeon Choi, who had a 70 Saturday, and Australian Katherine Hull, who shot 67.