Steady Tseng takes 4-shot lead

Morgan Pressel takes in the cheers at the Women’s British Open after tying the Royal Birkdale record with 65.

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Morgan Pressel takes in the cheers at the Women’s British Open after tying the Royal Birkdale record with 65.

SOUTHPORT, England — Morgan Pressel tied a course record. Yani Tseng kept doing what she has done all week.

Tseng is the one on the doorstep of another major title.

Tseng shot her third straight 4-under 68 Saturday to take a four-stroke lead into today's final round of the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Pressel shot 7-under 65 after dropping shots at the first two holes. The American had eight birdies and an eagle while dropping just one more stroke to move from 4 over to 3 under for the tournament.

"I had a rough start but came back strong and stayed tough in some rain and wind out there," Pressel said. "And I just made a lot of putts. That's really how you score out here. I hit 14 greens. I had 25 putts."

But her 77 in Thursday's first round put her too far back, especially with Tseng playing so well.

The 21-year-old star from Taiwan took advantage of the short, 472-yard, par-5 final hole, hitting an 8-iron to within 20 feet with her second shot. She rolled in the eagle putt for 12-under 204 total, doubling her cushion over Australian Katherine Hull.

"I played really well again," said Tseng, who has just one bogey through 54 holes in search of her third major title. "I really enjoyed the big crowd out there. They clap on every shot, and I showed them my big smile all the way around."

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (71) had birdies at the last two holes to move into fourth place at 5-under 211, a shot behind third-place In-Kyung Kim (68).

U.S. SENIOR OPEN: Fred Couples shot 5-under 65 for a share of the lead after three rounds, feeding off a raucous crowd in Sammamish, Wash., which hopes the native son can win his first U.S. Golf Association championship.

Couples, a native of nearby Seattle, matched Bernhard Langer (68) at 5-under 205 at tree-lined Sahalee Country Club, with Langer birdieing the final hole to pull even. They are the only players under par after three rounds.

Couples shot 4-under 31 on the front nine, with birdies at Nos. 2, 5, 7 and 9. He also holed a bunker shot on the sixth to save par.

Langer had a streak of 20 holes without a bogey snapped at the 12th, but he rebounded with birdie at No. 18.

And they might have the stage to themselves today. Couples and Langer were five shots clear of Chien Soon Lu (68) and Tom Kite (69).

A charge from the back of the field seems unlikely, considering Couples' 65 is the lowest score of the week.

"If we shoot even par or 1 or 2 under it's going to be very hard for anyone to get there," Langer said.

PGA: Jeff Overton saw J.B. Holmes and D.A. Points flirt with 59s, then rode his own hot finish to move within a round of his first PGA Tour win.

Overton (4-under 66) owned a three-stroke lead over Points through three rounds at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. He had five birdies on the back nine and was at 18-under 192.

Points three-putted for bogey to finish with 61 and was alone in second at 15 under. Holmes missed a 10-footer for eagle at No. 17 and shot 60; he was tied for fourth at 198, a stroke behind third-place Boo Weekley (67).

"A little disappointed at first, and fun while it lasted," Points said of nearly shooting 59.

FUTURES: Cindy LaCrosse of Tampa shot 5-under 66 for 9-under 133 total to lead by a stroke after two rounds at the Alliance Bank Classic in Syracuse, N.Y.

Steady Tseng takes 4-shot lead 07/31/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 31, 2010 11:16pm]

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