Golf roundup: Keegan Bradley keeps Nelson lead

Keegan Bradley bogeyed No. 18 for the third straight day, but was good enough on the others to stay atop the leaderboard.
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Keegan Bradley bogeyed No. 18 for the third straight day, but was good enough on the others to stay atop the leaderboard.

Keegan Bradley still hasn’t gotten things right on the 18th hole at the Byron Nelson Championship, even when finally going left.

But the bogeys on the closing hole at TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas, haven’t cost him the lead yet.

Bradley overcame consecutive bogeys early and bogeyed No. 18 for the third round in a row Saturday to finish with a 2-under-par 68 that kept him in the lead.


‘‘[Sunday] is the day. Right down the middle,’’ Bradley said about that last hole. ‘‘I’m due!’’

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Bradley’s 13-under 197 total gave him a one-stroke lead over Sang-Moon Bae, who had his third consecutive 66. Tom Gillis was two strokes back after a 67.

After going way right off the tee at No. 18 the first two rounds, Bradley smashed his drive Saturday down the left side toward the water. The ball stayed dry, but settled behind a large rock and forced him to punch back into the fairway. His approach settled on the front edge of the green and he almost saved par — the ball rolled just over the lip of the cup.

‘‘I thought I made the putt, which would have been exciting,’’ he said. ‘‘But 5 on that hole from where I hit it off the tee is a pretty good score.’’

On Sunday, Bradley will be trying to win at TPC Four Seasons for the second time in three years. He could also become the Nelson’s first wire-to-wire winner since Tom Watson accomplished the feat in 1980.


Scott Piercy’s 66 matched Bae and three others for the best round on a breezy day. Piercy was fourth at 10 under, two strokes ahead of Gary Woodland (68), Harris English (68), John Huh (69), and 2011 Masters champ Charl Schwartzel (69).

LPGA — Chella Choi shot her second straight 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Jessica Korda and Anna Nordqvist, the Swede who set the course record with a 61 in the third round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Alabama.

Choi twice made three straight birdies to move to 17 under, and has made only two bogeys in three rounds. The South Korean’s best finish in four-plus years on the tour is a tie for second in the Manulife tournament in Canada last March.

Nordqvist broke Sydnee Michaels’s course record by a stroke to move into second with Korda, the second-round leader who shot a 69. Korda had a bogey on No. 11 and a double bogey on No. 12. Karrie Webb was two strokes back after a 69.

World Match Play — Graeme McDowell reached the semifinals after knocking out defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts, whose day include the bizarre moment of taking a penalty drop inside a restroom.


McDowell rallied from an early deficit to win, 2 and 1, over his European Ryder Cup teammate on the Thracian Cliffs course in Kavarna, Bulgaria, and will next face Branden Grace, who beat Chris Wood, 2 and 1. The other semifinal will pit Thomas Aiken against Thongchai Jaidee.

Colsaerts had the most memorable moment when his tee shot on No. 10 flew into a hazard behind a public restroom.

Because of where the ball had crossed the hazard line, tournament officials ruled that the penalty drop must be made within the restroom itself, leading to a comical moment that had Colsaerts, his caddie, and rules officials all laughing.

‘‘I ain’t hitting it out of the loo,’’ Colsaerts joked. He didn’t have to. Since it was considered an immovable obstruction he was allowed to play from outside. He ended up saving par and halving the hole.

European — Mark Tullo shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead over Craig Lee and Peter Uihlein after the third round of the Madeira Islands Open in Santo Antonio da Serra, Portugal.