Bradley Just Three Back at Bay Hill
Orlando, Fla. — Adam Scott didn’t have to look as far down the leaderboard to find players who suddenly are a real threat to win at Bay Hill.
He described them as players who are “hungry to win,” and Scott served them up an appetizer Saturday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Staked to a seven-shot lead at the start of the third round, the Masters champion hit enough loose shots and missed just enough par putts to lose more than half his lead and turn his quest to be No. 1 in the world into a bigger battle that he would have preferred.
Scott made a 7-foot par putt on the final hole for a 1-under 71, giving him a three-shot lead over Woodstock native Keegan Bradley going into today.
Scott was at 15-under 201.
Bradley birdied his last three holes, taking on the flag at the 18th with a 9-iron from 167 yards that narrowly cleared the rocks framing the lake and settled 4 feet from the flag. That was the final touch on an eight-birdie round of 66 that put him in the final group.
“I just kind of like that underdog role,” Bradley said. “I like knowing that I’ve got to go out there and play well. It really gets me excited. And playing in the final group with one of the best players in the world at Arnold Palmer’s tournament is what we all dream to do. Tomorrow is going to be a really fun day.”
Any other year at Bay Hill, he might have been referring to Tiger Woods.
Woods, the two-time defending champion at Bay Hill and No. 1 in the world, withdrew before the tournament because of recurring back pain. Scott has a chance to replace him at No. 1 in the world with a victory, though he wouldn’t take over at the top until the week before the Masters.
Matt Every (66) and Jason Kokrak (67) were four shots behind, both with a chance to win on the PGA Tour for the first time. Chesson Hadley and Francesco Molinari of Italy each had a 69 and were another shot behind. Hadley, who won the Puerto Rico Open two weeks ago, can qualify for the Masters with a high finish. He likely would need to be in sixth place or better to be solidly inside the top 50 in the world.
Tie for Champions Lead
Saucier, Miss. — Billy Andrade shot a 7-under 65 to share the lead with Fred Funk after the second round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak on Saturday.
Andrade had the low round of the day, capping it with a 20-foot birdie putt on 18. Funk shot a 67.
The 50-year-old Andrade is playing in just his fourth Champions Tour event. His best finish was eighth place at the ACE Group Classic in February.
Fred Couples started the day with a two-stroke lead, but fell into a tie for second place after shooting a 71. Jay Haas and Jeff Maggert both had 69 to join Couples one stroke behind the leaders.
Andrade and Funk are at 8-under 136 for the tournament.
Whitecaps 0, Revolution 0
Foxborough, Mass. — The Vancouver Whitecaps remained unbeaten with a scoreless draw at the New England Revolution.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth had two saves for the Revolution, who have not scored a goal in three games this season. Vancouver, which had five goals through two games already, had the better run of play, but came up empty.
Kenny Miller had a half-volley chance in the 51st minute just scurry wide, while New England had two good second half scoring chances veer wide, a right-footed shot by Kelyn Rowe in the 60th minute and a right-footed drive by Diego Fagundez in the 68th.
Key Biscayne, Fla. — A succession of long rallies left Serena Williams grunting, stumbling, lunging, squealing, flailing her arms and scolding herself.
Despite all the drama and trauma, she reached the fourth round at the Sony Open by beating Caroline Garcia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic was off Saturday but advanced to the fourth round anyway when his next scheduled opponent, Florian Mayer, withdrew because of a groin injury. Djokovic’s next match will be Tuesday.
No. 10-seeded John Isner rallied to win an all-American matchup against Donald Young, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4. Isner is back in the top 10 this week for the first time in 18 months.
Sam Querrey and Ryan Harrison lost, leaving Isner and Jack Sock as the only Americans in the men’s draw.
Stanislas Wawrinka bounced back from his first loss of the year by beating Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.