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LPGA TOUR

Stacy Lewis recovers for 73

Stacy Lewis, the leader from round one, recovered from a sticky patch to post a 73 on Saturday, but will go into the final round of the Evian Masters in Evian-les-Bains, France, tied with South Korean Park In-bee. Lewis, the 27-year-old American, birdied the 18th from 20 feet to rescue a one over par score on a day of heavy showers. Park also made four at the long final hole for a 70 and the pair were tied on 11 under par. Three players shared third place on 10-under — Australia’s Karrie Webb, the 2006 champion, shot 67, American Natalie Gulbis, the 2007 winner, fired a 68 and the 17-year-old South Korean amateur Kim Hyo-joo had a fine 69. Lewis, seeking a third win of the season, was three ahead after birdies at the ninth and 12th. However, she bogeyed the 12th and 14th — just as she had done on Friday — and then took a double-bogey seven at the long 15th. With a duck and her ducklings wandering on the fairway, a distracted Lewis chunked her third shot short of the green. She then mishit the next chip and ran up the ugly seven. However, she was delighted to hit back with the birdie at the 18th to stay at the top. “I was so pleased to make the birdie at the last and make sure I was in the last group tomorrow,” she said.

USPGA TOUR

Garrigus grabs the lead

Robert Garrigus grabbed a one-shot lead as American players took a stranglehold on the Canadian Open after the third round in Ontario on Saturday. Garrigus fired a six-under par-64 to move to 16-under 194, one clear of William McGirt (66) and two in front of Scott Piercy (67). McGirt and Piercy had shared the lead overnight. American players made up the top 10 players on the leaderboard with former major winners Retief Goosen of South Africa (63) and Fijian Vijay Singh (69), the best of the international challengers, seven shots back. Goosen rose 42 places into a tie for 11th with his seven-under round. Scott Stallings and Chris Kirk matched his 63 and share fourth place with fellow American Bo Van Pelt (67) on 198. Kirk looked set to smash the course record of 62 at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club after getting to seven under through 10 holes, but he parred the last eight. David Hearn and Graham DeLaet were the best of the locals on 208, meaning Canada’s victory drought in the tournament is almost certain to be extended to 58 years.

EUROPEAN TOUR

Wiesberger clinches Open

Local hero Bernd Wiesberger shot a seven-under par-65 in Saturday’s final round to clinch the Austrian Open, finishing in style with a birdie on 18 to end three shots clear at 19 under par. Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen, who had topped the leader board on days one, two and three, saw the magic disappear in the final round, hitting a two-over 74 and bogeying the last two holes to finish five behind in fifth place at 14-under. In joint second place at 16 under on the par-72 course at Atzenbrugg, near Vienna, were Irishman Shane Lowry and Thomas Levet of France. Lowry shot a 66 in the final round, his lowest score of the weekend, while Levet managed a four-under 68. Rikard Karlberg of Sweden was fourth at 15 under. It was Wiesberger’s second European Tour title of the year following his triumph at the Ballantine’s Championship in April, and he becomes the second Austrian to win his home Open after Markus Brier in 2006.

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