Friday, December 15, 2017
Golf

Fathauer gains one-stroke lead after rain delay

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Derek Fathauer played bogey-free Saturday on his way to another 6-under 66 that gave him a one-shot lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and a chance to extend an unusual streak on the PGA Tour.

First-time winners have captured all five PGA Tour events at the start of the wraparound season. Fathauer would love to make it six in a row.

"I've just got to have fun, play golf, play my game, and whatever happens will happen," he said.

Fathauer finished at 16-under 197 and led by one shot over Jason Bohn, who missed a 5-foot par putt on the final hole at El Camaleon Golf Club.

Bohn briefly took the lead on the par-5 13th hole with a 25-foot eagle putt right before the third round was halted for nearly 90 minutes because of storms in the area.

Bohn, who shot 65, had to scramble for pars late in his round. Bohn was the 54-hole leader at Mayakoba a year ago until closing with 74 and finishing seventh.

"I don't want to do what I did last year (today)," Bohn said. "The only thing I can draw on is how I've been playing. I've got to embrace it, have fun and realize where I am. If I give myself enough chances, I'm going to win one."

Russell Knox (65) was at 13-under 200, along with Justin Leonard (67), Graeme McDowell (70) and Harold Varner III (68).

McDowell was the 36-hole leader, but took another double bogey on the par-4 opening hole, and has played it at 5 over for the week. McDowell followed with a bogey and spent the rest of the round trying to catch up. A 12-foot birdie on the 17th allowed him to salvage a 70.

"I've got to get past that first hole, which is kind of killing me," McDowell said.

LPGA: Inbee Park made two late birdies and shot 5-under 67 to open a three-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Mexico City. Park was 10-under 206 overall at Club de Golf Mexico. Sei Young Kim (70) was second at 7-under 209, So Yeon Ryu and Carlota Ciganda both shot 69 to tie for third at 6-under 210. Minjee Lee, the second-round leader, had a 75 to drop to 3 under.

PGA EUROPE: Thongchai Jaidee shot 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai. Thongchai had a 15-under 201 total at Lake Malaren. Sergio Garcia (67), An Byeong-hun (66) and Lucas Bjerregaard (70) were tied for second at 16-under 202.

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