Golf Capsules

September 18, 2016

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — South Korea’s In Gee Chun shot a 6-under 65 in the rain Saturday to extend her lead to four strokes with one round left in the Evian Championship.

Chun had a 19-under 194 total in the last of the LPGA Tour’s five major championships. The 22-year-old Chun won the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open.

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park was second after a 67.

China’s Shanshan Feng was 13 under after a 69.

Chun is in position for the lowest 72-hole score in a major. Henrik Stenson and Jason Day share the mark at 20 under, and the women’s record of 19 under is shared by four players.

Defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand had a 75 and was 19 shots behind Chun.


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Sutherland birdied four his last six holes at Pebble Beach for a 4-under 68 and the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Nature Valley First Tee Open.

The 52-year-old Sutherland had an 8-under 135 total for a one-stroke lead over Paul Broadhurst, the Englishman who won the Senior British Open at Carnoustie in July.

From Sacramento, Sutherland is winless on the 50-and-over tour after winning once on the PGA Tour. In 2014, he set the senior tour record with a 13-under 59 in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Broadhurst followed his opening 66 with a 70 at Poppy Hills.

Some players were unable to finish before dark. France’s Jean Van de Velde was the top player still on the course at 3 under with two holes left.


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Michael Thomson shot a 7-under 64 for a share of the third-round lead with Scott Stallings in the Web.com Tour Finals’ Albertson Boise Open.

Stallings, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, had a 66 to match Thompson at 16-under 197 at Hillcrest in the second of four events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards for next season.

Argentina’s Miguel Angel Carballo was a stroke back after a 67. England’s Andrew “Beef” Johnston, the second-round leader after a 63, was fourth at 14 under after a 70.

The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings — Stallings was 128th, Thompson 145th, and Carballo 187th — and non-members such as Johnston with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had they been eligible.

The top 25 players on the Web.com regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.


RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) — Hye Jin Choi and Min Ji Park each shot 5-under 67 to complete South Korea’s record-tying 21-stroke victory in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championships.

South Korea won the Espirito Santo Trophy for the fourth time, following victories in 1996, 2010 and 2012.

The 17-year-old Choi won the team title at 14 under, beating Denmark’s Lyng Thomsen by two strokes and the 16-year-old Park by five shots.

Switzerland was second at 8 under, and Ireland third at 7 under. The United States was sixth at 2 under.

The United States also won by 21 strokes in 1998. South Korea’s 29-under 547 total was a stroke off its tournament record of 546 set in 2010.


MONZA, Italy (AP) — France’s Alexander Levy had a one-stroke lead in the rain-plagued Italian Open when third-round play was suspended because of darkness.

Levy was 14 under after 12 holes when play was stopped Masters champion Danny Willett, fellow Englishman Chris Paisley and Chris Hanson and Italy’s Francesco Molinari were tied for second. Willett completed eight holes, Paisley and Hanson nine, and Molinari 10.


GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — LPGA Tour player Christine Song won the Garden City Charity Classic for her fifth career Symetra Tour title.

The 25-year-old Song, from Fullerton, California, closed with a 3-under 69 at Buffalo Dunes for a two-stroke victory over Thailand’s Wichanee Meechai.

Meechai shot a 68. Canada’s Jessica Wallace was third at 10 under after a 70.

Song earned $15,000 to jump to 103rd to 37th on the money list with $20,524 in four events. The top 10 after the final three events will earn LPGA Tour cards. Song has made 61 LPGA Tour starts, 16 this season.

Song made a 16-foot birdie putt on 16 and a 35-footer on 17 to take a two-shot lead to 18.