Love in position to end winless streak at St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Davis Love III thinks he’s playing as well as he did earlier this year before pulling a rib muscle at Bay Hill. Now the U.S. Ryder Cup captain is eager to see just how much he might do.


Love III shot his third consecutive 2-under 68 on Satur­day to tie Nick O’Hern and John Merrick atop the leaderboard at the windy St. Jude Classic. Asked what his first PGA Tour win since 2008 would mean, the 48-year-old Love had a quick answer.

“Be a lot of Ryder Cup points,” he said.

With a win, Love is projected to jump from 63 into the top 30 in the Ryder Cup standings.

Love had three birdies and only one bogey Saturday to go to 6-under 204, the highest 54-hole lead on tour this year. O’Hern had 67, and Mer­rick shot 69.

Love, who has 20 career PGA wins, said obviously there’s a lot of pressure and he wants to win. He has only two wins since winning four times in 2003.

“Is it a big huge deal in my career that I have to win this week? No. But when you get up there at the top … the old feeling kicks in,” Love said.

Rory McIlroy, who will try to defend his U.S. Open title next week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, had a one-stroke lead when he teed off. He shot 2-over 72 in a round that featured six bogeys and four birdies to drop in a tie at 5-under.

Aiken native Kevin Kisner shot 70 and joined McIlroy and Dustin Johnson (67) among a group of six players who are a shot back.

LPGA TOUR: In Pittsford, N.Y., Eun-Hee Ji posted 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over Karrie Webb after the third round of the LPGA Championship.

Ji was 4-under at Locust Hill. Webb had 68.

Defending champion Yani Tseng had her best round of the three days, finishing with 74 after rounds of 76 and 75.


CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Bir­ming­­ham, Ala., defending champ Tom Lehman shot 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Regions Tradition to go to 10-under 206 at Shoal Creek.

Peter Senior, a playoff loser to Lehman last year, and Jeff Sluman were tied for second.


EUROPEAN TOUR: In Bro, Swe­den, Lee Westwood won the Nordea Masters for the third time for his 22nd Euro­pean Tour title, closing with 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory. The third-ranked Westwood finished at 19-under 269 at Bro Hof Slott.


NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Leon, Mexico, Aiken’s Matt Hendrix shot 5-under 67 and is one shot off the lead in the Mex­ico Open.

Hendrix is at 11-under 205 at El Bosque Coun­try Club, a stroke behind Lee Williams, who had 68.


CURTIS CUP: In Nairn, Scot­land, Britain and Ireland moved within a point of the Uni­ted States in the Curtis Cup, taking 2½ of three points in the afternoon fourball matches. The U.S. leads
6½-5½ entering today’s eight singles matches.



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