CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Daniel Berger birdied seven of his last 10 holes Sunday for an 8-under 62 and a three-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship.
The 23-year-old Floridian, the PGA Tour rookie of the year last season, had just one bogey and was two strokes off the course record. He reached 15-under 195 at TPC River Highlands, following up rounds of 66 and 67 that left him tied for the lead coming into the day.
Russell Knox had a 64, and Russell Henley and Tyrone Van Aswegen each shot 65, to tie for second place at 12 under. Patrick Rodgers shot a 66 and was five strokes off the pace.
Coming off a shoulder injury, Berger is looking for his second career title on the PGA Tour. He won two months ago in Memphis at the St. Jude Classic.
Berger said he first tweaked his left shoulder in Memphis, then strained it at the U.S. Open. The injury forced him to withdraw after hitting his opening tee shot at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and he didn’t return until last week at the PGA Championship.
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez made a 17-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole for a 9-under 63 and the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ 3M Championship.
The 52-year-old Spanish player had five straight birdies on Nos. 6-10 and also birdied the par-3 17th in good scoring conditions at generous TPC Twins Cities. He had a 14-under 130 total.
Jimenez won in Mississippi in March for his third career PGA Tour Champions victory. He has 15 regular European Tour victories, the last in the 2014 Spanish Open at a tour-record 50 years, 133 days
Kevin Sutherland was a stroke back after a 64. He tied for second last year.
First-round leader Glen Day was 12 under, following his opening 65 with a 67. He played his way into the field Monday, topping the five qualifiers with a 7-under 64 at nearby Victory Links.
Two-time defending champion Kenny Perry had a 68 to move into a tie for 45th at 3 under.
U.S. WOMEN’S AMATEUR
SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (AP) — South Korea’s Eun Jeong Seong and Italy’s Virginia Elena Carta set up the first all-international U.S. Women’s Amateur final in 106 years — and guaranteed a rare season sweep.
They each advanced with 2-and-1 victories at Rolling Green. The 16-year-old Seong beat 18-year-old Mathilda Cappeliez of France, and the 19-year-old Carta topped 15-year-old Yuka Saso of the Philippines.
Seong is trying to complete an unprecedented U.S. Girls’ Junior-Amateur season sweep after winning her second straight Girls’ Junior last month in New Jersey. Carta is attempting to become the second player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.
Carta won the NCAA individual title in May in Oregon as a Duke freshman. She’s trying to join Vicki Goetze (1992) as the only players to win the Amateur and NCAA in the same year, and the sixth to win both titles. Carta also is trying to become the second Italian winner, following Silvia Cavalleri in 1997.
In 1910 in the last all-international final, Dorothy Campbell, a Scot who was living in Canada, beat England’s Mrs. G.M. Martin at Homewood in Illinois.
PAUL LAWRIE MATCH PLAY
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Sweden’s Alex Noren and England’s Anthony Wall each won two matches at Archerfield to advance to the Paul Lawrie Match Play final.
In the afternoon semifinals. Noren beat England’s James Morrison 3 and 2, and Wall topped fellow Englishmen Oliver Fisher in 22 holes.
In the morning quarterfinals, Noren beat fellow Swede Johan Carlsson 4 and 2, and Wall eliminated South Africa’s Hayden Porteous 2 up.