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Steve Stricker leads Memorial by three strokes

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He shoots a 69 to stay ahead of Jonathan Byrd in the PGA Tour event.

June 04, 2011|Wire reports
  • Steve Stricker tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on Saturday.
Steve Stricker tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of the Memorial… (Mark Duncan / Associated…)

Steve Stricker went from doing everything right to having everything go wrong Saturday at the PGA Tour's Memorial tournament. All that mattered was being atop the leaderboard by three shots going into the final round at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

Stricker holed out from the second fairway for eagle, made another eagle with a three-iron to 6 feet and stretched his lead to six shots at one point in the third round. But he missed three putts inside 7 feet on the last five holes and had to settle for a 69.

Jonathan Byrd also had a 69 and was in second place.

Matt Kuchar dropped two shots on the last four holes and shot 68. He was four shots behind, along with Brandt Jobe, who had a 69.

Rory McIlroy was still in the mix after recovering from a rocky start. He was five shots back after a 71.

Cristie Kerr birdied the final hole for a six-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Catriona Matthew after the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Galloway Township, N.J. Kerr rolled in three of her eight birdies after making a double bogey on the 12th hole on the Bay Course at Seaview. Brittany Lincicome, looking for her first win since 2009, was alone at six under after shooting a tournament-best 64 that featured seven birdies and no bogeys. … Mark Brooks survived a shaky finish that left him with a four-under 67 and had a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic at West Des Moines, Iowa. Brooks finished at 10-under 132. Mark Calcavecchia closed with three straight pars after an eagle on No. 15 and wound up with a 66, putting him at nine under. … Alexander Noren kept his lead at the European Tour's Wales Open after a third round in which defending champion Graeme McDowell slumped to 11 strokes off the pace at Celtic Manor in Newport. Noren shot par 71 after four birdies on the back nine to total eight-under 205, one shot ahead of Anders Hansen (66) and Peter Hanson (69). McDowell shot an 81, sliding out of contention. … NATIONWIDE TOUR.

Carter Newman birdied the first playoff hole, beating Oklahoma State's Sean Einhaus and lifting defending champion Augusta State into an all-Georgia final round inthe NCAA men's golf tournament at Stillwater, Okla. The Jaguars will face Georgia in Sunday's championship. The Bulldogs beat Duke, 3-2, behind victories from Harris English, Russell Henley and Bryden MacPherson.

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Allgaier wins NASCAR Nationwide race

Justin Allgaier caught and passed Carl Edwards on the final lap as both cars ran out of fuel, winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Edwards had led most of the race, fought off an earlier challenge from Elliott Sadler and was apparently on his way to a fourth series victory of the year. But Allgaier sped past going into the third turn and Edwards couldn't respond because he was out of fuel. Seconds later, so was Allgaier, who somehow coasted to the finish line for the win with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne closing fast.

Clint Bowyer finally won a NASCAR race in his home state, dominating throughout the truck series race at Kansas City, Kan., and snapping Kyle Busch's three-race winning streak. Bowyer started second and quickly took control of the 167-lap, 250-mile race. NASCAR was looking into reports that Busch and car owner Richard Childress were involved in an altercation after the race. … Kurt Busch won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400, reversing a decade of bad qualifying luck at Kansas Speedway. Busch had never started higher than seventh in 10 career starts in Kansas, but he topped the leaderboard at 174.752 mph in his No. 22 Dodge. Juan Pablo Montoya will start second.

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Felix finishes third in 400 meters

Defending champion Allyson Felix finished third in the Prefontaine Classic 400 meters and world champion Caster Semenya placed second in the 800 in her American debut at Eugene, Ore.

Amantle Montsho of Botswana won the 400 in 50.59 seconds. Felix crossed in 51.41, trailing fellow American Debbie Dunn by 0.04. Semenya ran 1 minute 58.88 seconds, finishing 0.59 behind Kenia Sinclair of Jamaica.

Jamaican Steve Mullings won the 100 in a meet-record 9.80, the third-best time on U.S. soil. Justin Gatlin, who last year came off a four-year suspension for doping, finished sixth in 9.97, his first result under 10 seconds since his return.

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