Herron, Pernice share 1-stroke lead


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tim Herron will have his chance to string together consecutive victories for the first time in his career.

Herron, coming off a playoff victory last week in the Colonial, shot a 2-under 68 Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Tom Pernice in the St. Jude Classic.

Herron had a three-stroke lead to himself midway through the round with four birdies. But he struggled with two bogeys on the back nine, which allowed Pernice (68) to chase him down and match him at 7-under 203.

Kris Cox shot a career-low 63 for a 204 total. Jay Delsing, who set the course record here with a 61 in 1993, shot a 66 and was tied with John Cook (67) at 205. Jeff Maggert (68) and Ryan Palmer (69) were at 206.

Morgan leads into final round of Senior PGA

EDMOND, Okla. – Gil Morgan fought through brisk winds Saturday at Oak Tree Golf Club to post a par 71 and take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Senior PGA Championship.

Playing on his home course, Morgan had three birdies and three bogeys but fared better than playing partners Peter Jacobsen and Brad Bryant to move closer to winning his first Champions Tour major since the 1998 Senior Players Championship.

Jacobsen, the second-round leader, shot a 75 and Bryant had a 72. Morgan was at 6 under, one stroke ahead of Bryant. Jacobsen was tied with Loren Roberts, three strokes behind Morgan. Only three players broke par, and six others shot par in the third round.

Jang gains third-round lead at Corning Classic

CORNING, N.Y. – Even after shooting the low round of the day, Jeong Jang was surprised.

“I think I’m leading,” Jang said.

Indeed, she was.

Jang shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take the third-round lead in the LPGA Corning Classic. She was at 15-under 201, three shots ahead of Brandie Burton (70), first-round co-leader Nancy Scranton (70), and Thai rookie Virada Nirapathpongporn (71), who began the day one shot ahead.

Hee-Won Han (69) was another shot behind, and 2002 Corning champion Laura Diaz (67), rookie Morgan Pressel (68), and Kris Tamulis (69) were tied at 10-under 206.

Howell keeps three-shot lead at BMW

VIRGINIA WATER, England – David Howell birdied the last two holes Saturday and shot a 3-under 69 to maintain his three-shot lead after the third round at the BMW Championship.

Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain matched a course record with a 65 to move into second place.

Howell, who stands at 14-under 202, matched the record Friday on the West Course at Wentworth.

Paul Casey (68) and Simon Khan (70) shared third place, six shots behind the leader.

Jean Van de Velde shot 66 to share fifth place with Padraig Harrington (68), Nick Dougherty (74) and Francois Delamontagne (71).