In Brief: Bradley Two Shots Back in Louisiana
Avondale, La. — Seung-Yul Noh became the first player to complete 54 holes at the TPC Louisiana without a bogey and strung together three birdies late in his round Saturday to surge two strokes ahead of Woodstock native Keegan Bradley atop the Zurich Classic leaderboard.
Noh shot a 7-under 65 to reach 18-under 198.
Noh is the first player to complete 54 holes at the TPC Louisiana without a bogey. He shot a 7-under 65 to reach 18-under 198. No player has completed all four rounds on the course at better than 20 under, the score Billy Horschel posted last year, when he became the sixth player in the last nine years to secure his maiden PGA Tour triumph in New Orleans.
Noh will try to continue the trend when he tees off in the same group as Bradley, who is no stranger to winning. His three career tour victories include a major in the 2011 PGA Championship.
Bradley said he doubted that he would intimidate Noh, but added, “It is definitely hard getting your first win.”
Bradley began the day tied for seventh at 9 under. He pulled into a tie with Noh for first on No. 15 with his seventh birdie of the day.
Then, Noh, who was tied for third at 11 under after two rounds, made birdie putts of 13 feet on 14 and 10 feet on 15 before hitting a 112-yard approach shot to a foot for another birdie on 16, bringing him to 18 under.
Bradley also shot 65, making eight birdies. He also made one bogey on the par-3 ninth hole, when his ball landed left of the green, rolled down a bulkhead lined with cypress planks and into a water hazard from which alligators have been making routine appearances this week. It didn’t faze him, though.
“I’m most proud this week of where I’ve been mentally on the golf course and how calm I’ve felt,” Bradley said. “I love being in this position, a couple back going into Sunday. I’d like to be a couple in the lead, too, but I love chasing.”
Patriots Coach Runs Half Marathon
Nashville, Tenn. — Patriots coach Bill Belichick ran the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon on Saturday and finished with an official time of 2 hours, 36 minutes and 46 seconds.
Belichick ran with his fiancee, Linda Holliday, and they finished the half marathon together, according to The Tennessean. Joseph Chebet won the half marathon with a time of 1:10:36.
“It was a great run,” Belichick said. “I came out to support Linda in her hometown race for her first half marathon.”
Holliday graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and Belichick was born in Nashville.
Scott Wietecha of Hendersonville, won the marathon with a time of 2:25:52, and Jeannette Faber of Nashville was the women’s winner with an unofficial time of 2:47:30 .
Sharapova in Final
Stuttgart, Germany — Two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova cruised past Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday to reach her third straight Porsche Grand Prix final.
Sharapova dominated the 59-minute semifinal and will play Ana Ivanovic in the final. Sharapova extended her winning streak on Stuttgart’s indoor clay to 12 matches and is undefeated against Errani in five matches.
Ivanovic, looking for her third title of the year, beat Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 7-5 in an all-Serb match.
Revs Top Sporting K.C.
Foxborough, Mass. — Teal Bunbury scored in stoppage time to break a scoreless tie and help give the New England Revolution a 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer on Saturday night.
Bunbury scored in the in 92nd minute, and Lee Nguyen scored from the spot in the 95th minute to keep the Revolution unbeaten (2-0-1) at home this season.
Kansas City went down to 10 men in the 74th minute when Aurelien Collin was red carded for a hard challenge on Diego Fagundez near the box. It marked the second straight game the Revolution benefited from an opponent’s red card.
The Revolution broke through two minutes into stoppage time when Bunbury redirected Diego Fagundez’s pass out of the reach of keeper Eric Kronberg.
New Man U Manager Wins Debut
Ryan Giggs knows managing Manchester United isn’t always so easy.
After a sleepless night before his managerial debut, Giggs saw the team under his temporary control reawaken Old Trafford with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Norwich on Saturday. It came at the end a tumultuous week that started with David Moyes’ dismissal after just 10 months, having taken a team that won the league by 11 points under Alex Ferguson last May down to seventh in the English Premier League.
Swansea virtually secured topflight survival and West Bromwich Albion moved closer to safety. Swansea cruised to a 4-1 win over Aston Villa, which is just four points and two places from the drop zone. West Brom’s 1-0 victory over West Ham took the team five points clear of danger. But Fulham threw away a two-goal lead at home to Hull to draw 2-2 and remain in the drop zone.
At the top of the standings, Everton’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were hit by a 2-0 loss at Southampton which kept the visitors in fifth place. Tottenham closed the gap on Everton to three points with a 1-0 win at Stoke, meaning that Manchester United could even miss out on Europa League qualification.