Ben Curtis remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory since 2006 despite his first stumbles at the Texas Open in San Antonio, shooting a 1-over-par 73 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.
Curtis, who climbed atop the leaderboard with two bogey-free rounds, had a 9-under 207 total on TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course.
Matt Every was second after a 73 in a bid for his first Tour victory. Mayakoba winner John Huh (67), Seung-Yui Noh (68), and Charlie Wi (71) followed at 4 under.
Curtis preserved his lead despite two double bogeys, including one on No. 8 that had the former British Open champion hitting from a neighboring fairway. He rallied with four birdies to hold off the pack.
“In the past when I’ve played in these circumstances, I just focused on my game and if at the end of 18 holes it’s good enough to win, great,’’ Curtis said.
The Texas Open is only the fourth tour stop this year for Curtis, whose tournament invitations are no longer a sure thing after his status plummeted to the tour’s bottom rungs.
LPGA - Ai Miyazato won the Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii, for her eighth career tour title, birdieing three of the last six holes for a 2-under 70 and a four-stroke victory.
Miyazato finished at 12-under 276 at wind-swept Ko Olina. She opened with rounds of 71, 65, and 70 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.
Meena Lee, who tied for the lead after a birdie on No. 15, had a 70 to tie for second with Azahara Munoz (70) at 8 under.
Yani Tseng, a three-time winner this year, closed with a 74 to tie for 10th at 4 under.
Champions - David Frost and Michael Allen birdied nine of the first 13 holes and combined for a 9-under 63 for a share of the second-round lead with Tom Purtzer and Brad Bryant in the Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga.
The teams were at 19-under 125 in the better-ball event. Bryant and Allen had 65 at The Club at Savannah Harbor.
European - Branden Grace of South Africa shot an 8-under 64 and has a three-shot lead after three rounds of the China Open in Tianjin. The 23-year-old South African moved to 18-under 198, three shots ahead of defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts (66).
Asian - Defending champion Lee Westwood birdied two of the first four holes and moved to 13 under at the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta before lightning and rain halted the third round. Zaw Moe of Myanmar was second at 9 under through four holes.