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    Golf roundup: Cantlay opens three-shot lead in Finals opener

    Patrick Cantlay opened a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Hotel Fitness Championship at Fort Wayne, Ind., a week after the former UCLA star missed a chance to wrap up a PGA Tour card.

    Fighting a back injury, the 21-year-old Cantlay had two eagles, six birdies, and a double bogey in the third round to reach 19-under-par 197 at Sycamore Hills in the Tour Finals opener.

    ‘‘Less is more and I really try to be aware of not stretching my back out too much,’’ said Cantlay, the winner in the tour’s Colombia Championship in March. ‘‘Playing is actually the easy part because it’s just hit a shot and walk.’’


    Cantlay missed the cut last week in the Cox Classic in Omaha, to drop from 25th to 29th on the Tour money list. The top 25 after that event secured PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, while Nos. 26-75 are fighting with Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings for 25 additional cards in the four-event Tour Finals series.

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    Cantlay eagled the par-5 second and followed with a birdie on No. 3. After the double bogey on No. 6, he birdied Nos. 9-10, eagled the 12th, and added birdies on Nos. 15-17.

    Kevin Kisner was second after a 63.

    European — Peter Uihlein shot a 4-under 67, giving him a three-shot lead after three rounds at the Wales Open in Newport, Wales.

    Uihlein, of Mattapoisett, Mass., had an eagle at the par-5 ninth to go with five birdies in an inconsistent round that included three bogeys. He was at 7-under 206 and was followed by Thomas Levet (67) and Gregory Bourdry (70) at 209.


    ‘‘I was just solid and was able to plod my way around,’’ Uihlein said. ‘‘The wind was tricky sometimes. It would lay down then it would pick up, but it was always from the same direction so you could sort of get a bead on it.’’

    LPGA — Yani Tseng moved into position to end a long victory drought, shooting a 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Safeway Classic at Portland, Ore.

    Tseng, the 24-year-old Taiwanese star who has 15 LPGA Tour titles and had a 109-week run at No. 1 in the world ranking, is winless in 36 events since the Kia Classic in March 2012. She has tumbled to No. 15 in the world and missed cuts in the four of her last five tournaments.

    Tseng had 11 birdies and two bogeys Saturday to reach 18 under at Columbia Edgewater.

    Suzann Pettersen was tied for second with Pornanong Phatlum. Pettersen had a 70, and Phatlum, the leader after each of the first two rounds, shot 71.


    Sophie Gustafson, 39, retired Friday after missing the cut. ‘‘It’s with mixed emotions that I'm now choosing to step away from the LPGA,’’ tweeted Gustafson, who has battled a severe stuttering problem. ‘‘Thanks for all your kindness over the years.’’

    Champions — Rocco Mediate played the back nine in 7-under 29 for the second straight day to increase his lead to two strokes in the Tour’s inaugural Shaw Charity Classic at Calgary.

    Bobby Clampett was second after a 65. Tom Pernice Jr., David Frost and Michael Allen were 11 under.ernice had a 64, and Frost and Allen shot 66.

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    William Campbell, a former US Amateur champion who played on eight Walker Cup teams and served two years as president of the US Golf Association, died at his home in Lewisburg, W.Va. He was 90.