Former British Open champion Ben Curtis leads in Texas

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SAN ANTONIO — Ben Curtis is still ahead at the Texas Open, leaving him just one round from his first PGA Tour victory since 2006 in what has been his most humbling year as a pro.

Ben Curtis, who has only conditional status on the PGA Tour this year, leads the Texas Open by three shots. A victory would give him a two-year exemption.  ERIC GAY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
ERIC GAY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ben Curtis, who has only conditional status on the PGA Tour this year, leads the Texas Open by three shots. A victory would give him a two-year exemption.

But a pack of mostly non-winners could make redemption difficult.

Curtis finally made his first stumbles at the Texas Open– once holding up a group playing six holes back when hacking the ball into the neighboring fairway was his only escape from under a tree – but his 1-over-par 73 was enough to stay atop the leaderboard at 9-under Saturday.

Matt Every was grateful to end a long day in the same position where he started – three strokes behind the former British Open champion. Every shot 73 after waking early to finish his suspended second round, but it’s his course-record 63 from Thursday that has three shots back.

Mayakoba winner John Huh (67), Seung-Yui Noh (68) and Charlie Wi (71) were five strokes back at 4-under.

Curtis said he knows how to handle the final round: Simply worry about himself.

“In the past when I’ve played in these circumstances, that’s what I did: I just focused on my game and if at the end of 18 holes it’s good enough to win, great,” Curtis said

“If not, I have to shake the guy’s hand that won and move forward.”

LPGA TOUR: In Kapolei, Hawaii, Ai Miyazato won the eighth LPGA Tour event of her career, closing with 2-under-
par 70 to win the Lotte Cham­pionship.

Miyazato finished at
12-under 276 at Ko Olina Golf Club for a four-shot victory.

Meena Lee (70) and Azahara Munoz (71) tied for second place.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Savannah, Ga., David Frost and Michael Allen birdied nine of the first 13 holes and combined for 9-under-par 63 for a share of the second-round lead with Tom Purtzer and Brad Bryant in the Legends of Golf.

Bryant and Allen had 65 to match Frost and Allen at 19-under at The Club at Savannah Harbor.

Gil Morgan and Tom Kite (61), Bobby Clampett and Andy North (62), Jay Haas and Fred Couples (63), and Jeff Sluman and Brad Faxon (64) were a stroke back.

Allen won at TPC Tampa Bay last week for his second Champions Tour title.

EUROPEAN/ONEASIA TOURS: In Tianjin, Branden Grace shot 8-under-par 64 to take a three-shot lead over defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts after the third round of the China Open.

The 23-year-old Grace, the winner of consecutive European Tour events in South Africa in January, had an 18-under 198 total at Binhai Lake.

Colsearts, who was the winner last year at Luxehills, shot 66.

Former Augusta State golfers Oliver Wilson and Scott Jamieson are tied for 37th place at 210. Jamieson had 69 on Saturday and Wilson 73.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Jakarta, Indonesia, defending champion Lee Westwood, the world’s No. 3-ranked player, birdied two of the first four holes to open a four-stroke lead at 13-under in the Indonesian Masters before lightning and rain halted the third round.

Zaw Moe was second at 9-under, also through four holes at Royale Jakarta Golf Club when play was suspended. The 70 players will resume play this morning.

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BRIAN GAY

Louisville, Ga.*

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Swainsboro, Ga.

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Augusta resident

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Swainsboro, Ga.*

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North Augusta resident

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