Savannah's Gene Sauers leads Champions Tour event

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Georgia native Gene Sauers chipped in for birdie on the par-4 17th a day after making a double bogey on the hole, and finished with 6-under-par 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Insperity Championship.

The 50-year-old Sauers, who was born and still lives in Savannah, Ga., is 8-under 136 at The Woodlands Country Club.

First-round leader Mike Goodes is second after his second consecutive 69.

Only five players are under par, the lowest total after 36 holes in a Champions Tour event since the 2003 Verizon Classic at Tampa when three players were under par.

Sauers was a three-time winner on the PGA Tour. He is making his 10th career start on the 50-and-over tour.

LPGA TOUR: In Williamsburg, Va., two-time champion Cristie Kerr shot 5-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead over second-ranked Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen after the third round of the Kingsmill Championship.

Kerr, the only two-time winner at the River Course, made six birdies to reach 10-under 203.

Pettersen, the 2007 champion, had 68. Angela Stanford is three strokes back after 70, and Ilhee Lee is fifth at 6-under after 69.

Ariya Jutanugarn, the 17-year-old Thai player who led after each of the first two rounds, shot 73 that left her five shots back, where she is tied with Lizette Salas, whose bogey-free 65 was the best round of the day.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Athens, Ga., former Georgia golfer Brendon Todd shot 2-under-par 69 to take the lead after three rounds of the Stadion Classic at UGA.

Todd, who now lives in Atlanta, is at 8-under 205 at the University of Georgia golf course.

Tim Wilkinson (70 on Saturday) is one shot back and Nick Rousey (66) is two back. Aiken’s Kevin Kisner (69) is six back.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Tianjin, China, Brett Rumford shot 3-under-par 69 to lead by one stroke after the third round of the China Open.

Rumford moved to 12-under, one stroke ahead of Mikko Ilonen (73). Pablo Larrazabal is at 10-under after 69.

Dou Zecheng, the 16-year-old from China, trails by 10 after 72. Former Augusta State golfer Scott Jamieson is 17 back after 77.

ASIAN TOUR: In Jakarta, Indonesia, Ernie Els shot 4-under-par 68 to move within one of leader Daisuke Kataoka after three rounds of the Indonesian Masters.

Kataoka had 66 for a total of 11-under 205 at Royale Jakarta Golf Club. Els is tied for second at 206 with Bernd Wiesberger, who shot 67.


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