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Langer shakes off shaky 18th to lead

Third-round leader Bernhard Langer plays out of a bunker on No.  13 at the Senior British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland.

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Third-round leader Bernhard Langer plays out of a bunker on No.  13 at the Senior British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Bernhard Langer took a three-shot lead in the Senior British Open after shooting 2-under 69 Saturday in the third round at Carnoustie.

"I am aware that this golf course is one of the toughest links you will ever play," he said. "And I am aware that a three-shot lead is nothing if very little around here."

The German, yet to win on the U.S. Champions Tour, outplayed Corey Pavin, the American Ryder Cup captain who had three bogeys and shot 1-over 72.

Langer would have led by more but he drove into a bunker on the final hole and was forced to lay up short of the infamous Barry Burn with his recovery shot. He then hit a wedge to 5 feet but missed the par putt. His bogey left him at 6-under 207.

Pavin, despite falling out of the lead, was upbeat.

"I played fairly well, and a lot of putts just missed. Sometimes you have days like that," he said.

Six players go into the final round at 2 under, one shot behind Pavin — including Fred Funk, who climbed more than 15 places after shooting bogey-free 67, the lowest round of the day.

LPGA: Morgan Pressel took a two-stroke lead and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome made a big move after three rounds of the Evian Masters in Evian-Les-Bains, France.

Lincicome had the round of the day at 7-under 65, with six birdies and an eagle on No. 16. She was three strokes behind Pressel and tied for fourth at 8-under 208 with 15-year-old Alexis Thompson (67) of Coral Springs.

"I would like to be able to play that way all year, but the problem with golf is that everything changes from one day to the next," Lincicome said.

Pressel closed with eagle for 67 and was at 205, followed by Jiyai Shin and Jeong Jang. Second-round leader Mika Miyazato (74) fell four shots behind.

PGA: Dean Wilson held a four-shot lead in Toronto going into the final round, but he wasn't the featured attraction of the day.

Carl Pettersson shot 10-under 60 in calm and dry morning conditions to break the Canadian Open record, missing 59 when his 30-foot birdie putt from the fringe grazed the left edge of the cup on the par-4 18th.

"Obviously, I'm happy with the round, but I would have loved to have seen that putt go in," said Pettersson, in a three-way tie for second with Tim Clark and Bob Estes at 11-under 199.

Wilson, playing on a sponsor's exemption, shot 65 for the third day in a row at rainy St. George's and was at 15-under 195.

EUROPEAN: K.J. Choi (71) and Richard Johnson (70) shared the lead after three rounds at the Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm at 10-under 206.

AMATEURs: Doris Chen of Bradenton defeated Katelyn Dambaugh 3 and 2 in the final of the U.S. Girls Junior Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Chen, 17, is the third golfer from Bradenton's IMG Leadbetter Academy to win the title. She has a been a full-timer there since 2006. … Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., defeated Justin Thomas 4 and 2 in Ada, Mich., to become the youngest male U.S. Junior champion. Liu, who turns 15 next month, is more than six months younger than Tiger Woods was when he won the first of his three consecutive U.S. Junior titles in 1991.

Langer shakes off shaky 18th to lead 07/24/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 24, 2010 8:55pm]
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