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Posted on: Sunday, June 28, 2009

Shin shoots way ahead


Associated Press

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South Korea's Jiyai Shin, seeking her fifth win in 11 months, will take a four-shot lead into today's final round of the LPGA Wegmans tournament.

DON HEUPEL | Associated Press

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. To dispel her jitters, Jiyai Shin reached for a sandwich.

The South Korean star, seeking her fifth win in 11 months, shot a 5-under 67 yesterday to extend her lead to four strokes at the Wegmans LPGA.

"On the front nine, I lost my confidence," the 21-year-old Shin said of a slow start. "I tried eating. Eat some bread on No. 10 and then I made birdie."

With five of her six birdies on the back nine, Shin moved to 16-under 200 after three rounds. Morgan Pressel, a two-time winner on tour whose season-best finish was a tie for seventh in April, shot a 70 and was in second place at 12 under one better than rookie Stacy Lewis, who also shot 70.

After finishing off a second-round 68 to remain in contention, Honolulu's Michelle Wie bogeyed five holes on the front nine in the third round before settling for a 3-over 75.

Wie, a Punahou alum and Stanford sophomore, was tied for 21st at 4-under 212.

Cheyenne Woods, the 18-year-old niece of Tiger Woods, missed the cut by four strokes in her professional golf debut. Woods and 70 other players completed their second rounds yesterday morning after play was interrupted by thunderstorms Friday. Defending champion Eun-Hee Ji could only manage a 71 and crashed at 7 over.

PGA TOUR

Late surge lifts Goydos: Paul Goydos birdied five holes on the back nine yesterday and held a one-stroke lead over Kenny Perry after three rounds of the Travelers Championship at Cromwell, Conn.

Goydos' 28-foot putt from off the green on the 16th highlighted a third-round 7-under 63, tying Hunter Mahan for the best round of the day. Goydos, whose last of two PGA Tour victories came at the 2007 Sony Open in Hawai'i, is at 16-under 194.

Perry, who led after each of the first two rounds, had a seemingly comfortable three-stroke lead after birdies on 11 and 12. But he dropped a stroke on the 14th and Goydos took advantage, making four straight birdies starting on the par-5 13th.

After a rain delay of just over an hour, both golfers parred in. Perry missed a 5-foot birdie try on 18 and finished at 15-under 195.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Funk leads by three: Fred Funk shot a 7-under 65 yesterday to take a three-stroke lead after two rounds at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at Endicott, N.Y.

Funk began the day with a two-shot lead after an opening 64 and continued his stellar play to move to a 36-hole total of 15-under 129.

Ronnie Black and defending champion Eduardo Romero each shot 9-under 63s and were tied for second with Lonnie Nielsen (66) at 132.

EUROPEAN TOUR

Goosen in BMW driver's seat: Retief Goosen of South Africa shot a 5-under 67 yesterday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the BMW International Open at Munich.

The two-time U.S. Open champion is at 17-under 199 at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried. Goosen hasn't won on the European Tour since early 2007. Bernhard Langer of Germany is second at 65201, with Nick Dougherty of England (68) and David Drysdale of Scotland (68) at 202.