Golf roundup: Mallinger takes 2-stroke lead in Frys.com Open
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – John Mallinger remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory, shooting a 1-under-par 70 Saturday in the Frys.com Open to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
The 33-year-old Mallinger had a 15-under 198 total at CordeValle after opening with a 66 and matching the course record with a 62 on Friday.
He has finished second twice in his seven-year career on the tour, losing in a playoff to Bo Van Pelt in Milwaukee in 2009.
Sweden’s Jonas Blixt was second after a 66, and Charles Howell III and Jason Kokrak were another stroke back at 12 under. Howell had a 66, and Kokrak shot 67.
Vijay Singh and Brazil’s Alexandre Rocha were 11 under. They each shot 66.
LPGA Malaysia: At Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, defending champion Na Yeon Choi maintained a two-shot lead in the tournament, shooting a 3-under 68 in the rain-interrupted third round.
The South Korean player had a 13-under 200 total after opening with rounds of 65 and 67 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
She birdied the first hole before play was delayed for more than four hours because of lightning and rain, and finished with four birdies and a lone bogey on the 10th hole.
Choi won the U.S. Women’s Open in July for her first major title and sixth LPGA Tour victory.
South Korea’s Inbee Park, the tour money leader, was second after a 65.
Greater Hickory Classic: At Conover, N.C., Fred Funk took a one-stroke lead over Larry Mize, shooting his second straight bogey-free 6-under 66.
The 56-year-old Funk has gone 42 holes without a bogey since the 13th hole Sunday in the final round of the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.
He birdied the final two holes on Rock Barn Golf and Spa’s Jones Course.
Funk won at The Woodlands in Texas in May for his seventh Champions Tour title.
Mize had a 67.
Defending champion Mark Wiebe, Chip Beck and Duffy Waldorf were four strokes back at 8 under. Beck and Waldorf shot 67, and Wiebe had a 69.
Portugal Masters: At Vilamoura, Portugal, Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and finished with a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead.
Wiesberger had a 13-under 200 total. He has two European Tour victories this year.
England’s Ross Fisher was second after a 69.