Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Charley Hoffman leads Canadian Open after three rounds

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OAKVILLE, Ontario — Charley Hoffman birdied the final hole for a 7-under 65 on Saturday at Glen Abbey to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Canadian Open.

Hoffman had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch that ended on No. 15, bogeyed the par-4 17th and rebounded with the two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th.

"When you're playing good, I always say golf is fairly easy," Hoffman said. "It's been a fun run the last month or two months, actually all year, and it's not very stressful. When you're trying to make cuts, that's when golf is hard. Have my family out for the next five weeks. They are off for summer break. It's been fun to hang out and go over to Europe with them and Canada"

Hoffman has a total of 17-under 199. He won the Texas Open last year for his fourth PGA Tour title.

"Anything can happen in the last four or five holes," Hoffman said. "Guys can make eagles, birdies, bogeys. Anything can happen."

Kevin Chappell was second. He bogeyed the 18th, hitting his third shot into the water.

Robert Garrigus matched the course record with 62 to join Gary Woodland at 15 under. Garrigus had two eagles and six birdies to tie the Glen Abbey mark set by Leonard Thompson in 1981 and matched by Andy Bean in 1983, Greg Norman in 1986 and John Merrick in 2013.

Second-round leader Martin Flores had 72 to drop into a tie for 16th at 12 under. Top-ranked Dustin Johnson also was 12 under after 68.

"I feel like the game's starting to come back in good form," Johnson said. "Other than a drive here and there, it was a really good day."

Matt Kuchar shot 70 and is tied for 41st at 7 under. He fought dizzy spells in the first round Thursday.

Vijay Singh, at 54 the oldest player in the field, shot 71 and is 11 under.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: Bernhard Langer shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 at Royal Porthcawl to take a four-stroke lead in Bridgend, Wales. He has a 5-under 208 total. "Definitely efficient," Langer said. "Overall, a very, very solid round." Corey Pavin was second, shooting 65 in some afternoon rain and wind gusting to 20 mph — far gentler conditions than Thursday and Friday. "It was certainly an easier day to play golf," Pavin said. "It was almost balmy out there. It was nice not to have to wear a sweater.

LPGA: Karrie Webb and Sei Young Kim topped the Ladies Scottish Open third-round leaderboard after another rainy, cold and windy day at Dundonald Links in Irvine. Kim birdied the par-4 17th and par-5 18th in strong wind and rain for 3-under 69, and Webb birdied the 17th en route to 70. They were at 6-under 210. Second-round leader Cristie Kerr (73) was third at 4 under. "I played a lot better than the score today," Kerr said. "I had two three-putts on the back, which were kind of uncharacteristic.'' Kim nearly holed a 9-foot eagle putt on 18. "The wind pushed the ball," she said.

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