Golf roundup: Webb Simpson gets on Vegas hot streak

Anna Nordqvist, who hasn’t won since 2009, is tied for the lead at 7-under 137.
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Anna Nordqvist, who hasn’t won since 2009, is tied for the lead at 7-under 137.

Webb Simpson maintained a four-stroke lead Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, birdieing four of the last seven holes at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Making his first start since helping the United States win the Presidents Cup, the 2012 US Open champion shot a 4-under-par 67 to reach 19 under. He opened with rounds of 64 and 63.

Chesson Hadley, the Tour Championship winner last month, was second after a 67, reaching 15 under with an eagle on the par-5 16th. Jeff Overton was third at 14 under after a 68.


After opening with a course-record 60, J.J. Henry has shot 71-70 and is tied with five others at 12 under.

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LPGA — Anna Nordqvist of Sweden shot a 2-under-par 70 to remain tied for the lead with Katherine Hull-Kirk of Australia after the second round of the KEB HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.

Nordqvist had four birdies against two bogeys to move to 7-under 137 while Hull-Kirk had an eventful day with an eagle, a double bogey, five birdies, and three bogeys in her 70.

Nordqvist is looking to break a four-year winless drought. The Swede last made her way to the winner’s circle at the 2009 LPGA Tour Championship.

Hull-Kirk hasn’t won since the 2010 Navistar LPGA Classic.


Defending champion Suzann Pettersen fired a 69 to move into a tie for third with Ju Young Pak and Amy Yang, who both shot 71.

Alison Walshe, who graduated from Westford Academy in 2002, had seven birdies against three bogeys for a 68 to finish in a four-way tie for sixth.

European — Local West Australian Brody Ninyette shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the Perth (Australia) International.

Ninyette had seven birdies and two bogeys in a round that gave him an 8-under 208. He was a shot ahead of compatriot Brett Rumford, J.B. Hansen, and Jin Jeong.

Rumford shot a 65, Hansen had a 66, and Jeong shot 69 to remain in strong contention at Australia’s richest tournament.


Champions — Bernhard Langer overcame a bad start to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C.

Langer bogeyed the first two holes, then made six birdies for a 4-under 66. Langer had a 10-under 130 total.

Asian — Australia’s Scott Hend shot an 8-under 63 to take a four-stroke lead over Ernie Els and Mohammad Siddikur in the Macau Open. Hend was at 12-under 201 total.