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Surprising Masson holding off Tseng

Caroline Masson hits out of a greenside bunker on No. 18, which she bogeys to finish at 4-under 68 for the round.

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Caroline Masson hits out of a greenside bunker on No. 18, which she bogeys to finish at 4-under 68 for the round.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Caroline Masson of Germany shot 4-under 68 to double her lead to two strokes after the third round at the Women's British Open on Saturday.

Masson, 22, made three birdies on the front nine and three on the back to hold off a late charge from Yani Tseng. The top-ranked Taiwanese player closed within a shot at one stage after picking up five strokes in as many holes, including an eagle.

"I was quite nervous at the start," said Masson, who has totaled 15-under 201. "I hit a poor tee shot at the first and then three-putted from 40 feet, but I settled down with a birdie at the next when I hit my 5-iron to 7 feet and holed it.

"I hit some really good shots out there and really enjoyed it. The wind was a bit stronger, and there were some tough pin positions."

Masson birdied No. 5 with a layup to 10 feet and the long No. 6 with an approach to 30 feet and two putts. At No. 11, she holed from 7 feet then got up and down from a greenside bunker at the long 14th for another birdie.

Her last was at No. 17, but she dropped a shot at the next after hitting into another greenside bunker.

Masson plays today's final round with Tseng, who already has won four majors.

"It should be really enjoyable. Yani seems very nice, and I'm sure I'll learn a lot playing alongside her," Masson said.

For Tseng it also will be a new experience. "I have never seen her play," she said.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 76 to fall into a tie for 28th at 2-under.

PGA: Golf is fun again for Anthony Kim. The Greenbrier Classic is helping solidify that.

Kim shot 8-under-par 62 for a one-stroke edge over rookie Scott Stallings after the third round on the Old White TPC course in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

Kim's low round of the year left him at 10-under 200 with a chance to advance to next week's Bridgestone Invitational with a win. He hasn't missed Firestone since his rookie year in 2007.

A third-place-or-better finish would put him in position to earn a spot in the PGA Championship in two weeks in Atlanta heading into the FedEx Cup playoffs.

"I haven't had this much fun playing golf in a long time," Kim said.

Stallings shot 66 to move into second place at 9 under. Gary Woodland (67) and second round co-leader Webb Simpson (69) were two strokes back.

Kim's last victory came a year ago at the Shell Houston Open before he had thumb surgery and took three months off. He has had an up-and-down year, with eight missed cuts and two top 10s in 21 events.

CHAMPIONS: Olin Browne fought off the heat to shoot 65 and forge a two-shot lead over Mark O'Meara through the third round of the U.S. Senior Open in Toledo, Ohio. Browne, never a winner in his three years of competition since turning 50, set the tournament record for lowest score through 54 holes and is at 15-under 198.

Surprising Masson holding off Tseng 07/30/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:00pm]

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