Greensboro, Aug 4 (AP/UNB) — The rounds are starting to repeat for Byeong Hun An: No bogeys, a bunch of birdies and more time atop the Wyndham Championship leaderboard.
An shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday for a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the PGA Tour's final event before the playoffs.
An, who was at 17-under 193, has held or shared the lead after each of the first three rounds and has yet to play a hole worse than par. The 27-year-old South Korean with three international victories has put himself in position to claim his first win on tour.
"It feels similar to yesterday, to be fair," An said. "I had some nice shots here and there, but scrambled well today. Another bogey-free (round). I'm quite happy with it — a 66 out here, and I have a lead."
Former Wyndham winner Webb Simpson and Brice Garnett were tied for second, with Simpson shooting a 65 and Garnett a 66. Ryan Armour was 15 under following a 65.
"One shot is basically nothing," An said. "It's not that big of a lead. It's just one shot."
Overall, it was yet another low-scoring day at Sedgefield Country Club. For a while midway through An's round, six players were tied for the lead at 13 under.
"I wouldn't be surprised if somebody shot 8, 9, 10 under, a guy who's within striking distance," Simpson said. "I've got to keep the pedal down, and if I don't shoot a low one, I'm not going to win."
An started to get some separation from the crowd with three birdies in the four-hole span from Nos. 5-8, moving to 16 under.
Then came his best shot of the day, a 50-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th. He closed with four straight pars.
Simpson — a native North Carolinian who named his daughter Wyndham after his first career victory came here in 2011 — strung together three birdies around a bogey midway through his back nine to move to 16 under.
If nothing else, he's in good position to claim his fifth top-10 finish in six years at this tournament.
Garnett made the turn at 15 under following back-to-back birdies, then rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th to pull even with Simpson and saved par on the 18th after rolling his third shot from a greenside bunker to within 3 feet from the flagstick.
"I was just trying to get the putt (on 17) somewhere around the hole," Garnett said. "Fortunately, the putt had some eyes and drifted in. Huge momentum going into tomorrow."
Armour climbed into contention with six birdies in a 10-hole stretch midway through his round that put him two strokes back.
And Viktor Hovland finished his season-best round with a birdie on the 18th after landing his 150-yard approach shot some 3 feet from the flagstick. He was tied for fifth with J.T. Poston and Paul Casey at 14 under.
After winning the U.S. Amateur last year, Hovland turned pro two months ago after tying for 12th at the U.S. Open.
"I just try to tell myself that I don't have anything to lose," Hovland said. "I'll be on the Korn Ferry Tour no matter what happens kind of unless I play really well tomorrow, and to be in the spot where I am right now after college, that's a pretty good spot to be in."
It wasn't a low-scoring day for everyone, though: Jordan Spieth had three double-bogeys and a bogey during a birdie-free 77 that left him at 2 under for the tournament. It came two days after he flirted with a career-best round, putting just 23 times during his first-round 64.
"I putted my (butt) off for two days to be able to be where I was at, and you can't exactly fix your ball striking in a day," Spieth said. "It's just too much to try and force it. So this extra day could serve me really well through the playoffs."
Milton Keynes, Aug 4 (AP/UNB) — Hinako Shibuno's dream debut continued Saturday in the Women's British Open when she shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
The 20-year-old Shibuno, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour who is making her LPGA Tour and major championship debut, birdied six of the final holes in the round to get to 14-under 202.
"It's definitely exceeding my expectations," said Shibuno, nicknamed Smiling Cinderella. "I came in wanting to make the cut, so right now I feel like I'm doing something very incredible."
Overnight leader Ashleigh Buhai started with a three-shot lead at Woburn Golf Club and stretched it to five when Shibuno bogeyed Nos. 5 and 9.
"I was pretty upset after the three-putt bogey on the ninth," Shibuno said. "But after the second shot on the 10th hole, I was able to bring myself back."
Buhai stumbled with three bogeys in five holes. The 30-year-old South African, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, had a 72 to drop to second at 12 under.
"I played my first nine holes probably the best ball-striking I could have had. Hit really good shots," Buhai said. "Turned 2 under, birdied my 10th to go to 3- nder and hit two poor wedge shots on 11 and 12, normally my strong point. Let the three-putt rattle me on No. 12.
"I'm still here, two shots behind going into the final round playing in the final group. If you told me at the beginning of the week, I would have taken it."
Second-ranked Sung Hyun Park was another shot back after a bogey-free 68.
Top-ranked Jin Young Ko and Americans Morgan Pressel and Lizette Salas were tied for fourth on 10 under. Ko (68) is seeking her third major title of the year after winning the Evian Championship last week in France. Pressel had a 66, and Salas shot 70.
Defending champion Georgia Hall was 10 shots back after a 74.
Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) – Former General Secretary of the ad-hoc committee of Bangladesh Athletics Federation Advocate Abdur Rakib Montu-led panel swept the Athletics Federation election bagging all the posts on Saturday.
Montu was selected general secretary beating former general secretary Mohammad Shah Alam by 96-19 votes in the election while another candidate Jahangirnagar University councillor SM Shadat Hossain Sohel got two votes only.
Returning officer and Legal Affairs Officer of National Sports Council (NSC) SM Kabirul Hasan said 117 councillors, out of total 120, exercised their voting rights from 10am to 3pm peacefully at the National Sports Council (old building) in Purana Paltan.
The Montu-led panel has got absolute majority clinching all the 28 posts of the federation executive committee, including five vice-presidents, one general secretary, two joint secretaries, one treasurer and 19 members.
Newly elected office bears are (All from Faruk-Montu Panel).
Five elected vice-presidents are Advocate Nuruddin Chowdhury Nayon (111), Md Furukul Islam (96), Md Jayedul Alam, (93), SM Murtoza Rashidi Dara (93) and Md Tofazzal Hossain (80).
Two joint secretaries are Farid Khan Chowdhury (95) and Md Mizanur Rahman (80), Treasurer Md Jamal Hossan (88).
Nineteen EC members are Md Najir Ahmed Mallick (110), Md Saeed Hasan Loban (109), Md Aminul Islam (109), Nazimul Haque Nazim (107), Md Rafiqullah Aktar Milon (107), Md Shamsuddoha Mamun (107), Abdul Mannan Mani (107), Aktaruzzaman Mridha Polash (106), Yousuf Khan Pathan (105), Lutfur Rahmna Babu (105), Md Mojibur Rahman (105), Md Kamal Uddin (104), Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan (104), Farhad Jesmin Liti (103), Saifur Rahman Razzak (102), Shamima Sattar Mimu (101), Mahbuba Hossain Belli (93), Jatin Kumar Das (90) and Shrinibas Haldar (90).
The election to Bangladesh Athletic Federation was earlier postponed in the dying moment in 2017.
In the meantime, the federation was run by the ad-hoc committee, which was formed by the NSC on March 15 in 2017.
Greensboro, Aug 3 (AP/UNB) — Byeong Hun An shot a 5-under 65 on Friday in the Wyndham Championship to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend
An was at 13-under 127 halfway through the PGA Tour's final event before the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Brice Garnett was a stroke back after a 64, and six players — including 2011 Wyndham winner Webb Simpson and first-round co-leader Sungjae Im — were at 9 under.
Adam Svensson also was in that group after shooting the best round of the day — a 61 — and threatening to become the first player on tour this year to break 60.
An, who shared the first-round lead with Im at 8 under, made his move up the leaderboard with three straight birdies late in his round.
Finishing on the back nine, the 27-year-old South Korean who's winless on tour had birdies on Nos. 3-5 and closed his second consecutive bogey-free round with four straight pars.
"I came close last couple years and, you know, maybe this week might do it," An said about that long-awaited first victory. "But still have two more days and there are a lot of players behind me. ... Just do what I've been doing the last couple days and just hit a lot of fairways and greens and make some putts. If someone plays better than me, then he deserves to win it, but as long as I keep these bogey-free rounds going."
For a while, the story of the day was whether Svensson would become the 11th player in PGA Tour history to break 60 — and the first since Brandt Snedeker opened this tournament last year by shooting a 59 on his way to a victory.
Svensson birdied seven holes on the front nine and added two more on Nos. 12-13 to move to 9 under for the day.
"I was kind of like, all right, I'm 9 under par (after No. 13) and there's still four or five holes and a par 5," Svensson said. "I was actually pretty calm. I thought I would be a little more nervous than I was."
His best chance to go even lower came on No. 15 but he missed a 7-foot birdie putt.
Still, the 25-year-old Canadian who is winless on tour, had his second 61 this year. He also had one in the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. He started at No. 171 on the FedEx Cup points list but put himself in position to crack the top 125 and earn a spot in the field at the playoff opener, The Northern Trust, next week in New Jersey.
That chase for playoff berths is a key subplot every year at Sedgefield, home of the bubble players' last chance to make the postseason field and earn their tour cards for 2020, if they don't already have them.
Everyone from No. 103 to No. 137 is here, and in the Wyndham's dozen years as the final pre-playoff event, an average of 2.7 players have played their way into the postseason.
Garnett, who at No. 121 is the very definition of a bubble player, put himself in good shape by opening the tournament with consecutive 64s, closing the second one with birdies on three of his final five holes.
The pack of seven players two strokes back included two others on the playoff bubble: Patton Kizzire, a two-time winner last year who is at No. 129 on the points list, shot a 64 that included consecutive eagles on Nos. 5 and 6. And Josh Teater, at No. 165, kept himself in contention with a 65 highlighted by five birdies — and a bogey — in a seven-hole stretch.
The other storyline is the top players' pursuit of spots in the top 10 and the Wyndham Rewards bonus money that accompanies those finishes. Nine players started this tournament with a shot at some of that cash, and at the midpoint, two of them — Simpson and Paul Casey — are in position to claim it.
"I've got a really good plan for this golf course, a really good strategy, and ... as long as we don't get too much crazy weather coming in, going to try to execute that plan as I did the last two days," Casey said. "Hopefully, get the speed of the putts a little bit better and make a few more birdies, and then try and figure out what everybody else is doing and attack on the last nine if I need to and try and win this thing."
Washington, Aug 3 (AP/UNB) — Andy Murray and brother Jamie were knocked out in the Citi Open doubles quarterfinals Friday, while 17-year-old Caty McNally reached the women's semifinals and then hoped to advance in doubles with fellow teenager Coco Gauff.
The Murray brothers were outlasted by the third-seeded team of Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6), 10-7 earlier Friday.
Andy Murray, the former No. 1 ranked singles player, has been limited to doubles as he recovers from hip surgery. He hasn't said if he will attempt to play singles this year. He and Jamie had won a match tiebreaker for their first victory in Washington before falling in the same manner Friday.
McNally, playing in the main draw of a WTA tournament for the first time, beat No. 4 seed Hsieh Su-wei 6-4, 6-3. That left no seeded players remaining in the women's final four.
McNally, who was given a wild card into the tournament, will play Camila Giorgi or Zarina Diyas for a spot in the final.
She and Gauff, the 15-year-old who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, were scheduled to play the pair of Anna Kalinskaya and Miyu Kato in the doubles semifinals.
In singles, top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece swept past No. 10 seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-0.
Also, No. 3 Daniil Medvedev edged sixth-seeded Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (7) to set up a semifinal meeting with Peter Gojowczyk, who continued his surprising run by upsetting No. 13 seed Kyle Edmund 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The 122nd-ranked Gojowczyk, who lost in qualifying and only made it into the main draw when another player withdrew, has only one career title.
Jessica Pegula won an all-American women's quarterfinal matchup with Lauren Davis, 6-2, 7-6 (2), and Russian Anna Kalinskaya beat Kristina Mladenovic of France, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.