Seo has 1-shot lead at U.S. Women’s Open

Posted July 10, 2011, at 8:21 p.m.
Last modified July 10, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hee Kyung Seo of South Korea had a one-shot lead in the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open when play was suspended for the fourth straight day.

Seo made four straight birdies to finish her front nine Sunday and make the turn in 5-under 31. She gave a shot back on No. 10 but was still at 4 under for the tournament with eight holes to play, one shot ahead of Angela Stanford and two in front of So Yeon Ryu.

Players were trying to get through 36 holes in one day at the Broadmoor, where rainstorms have interrupted play every day. The day began with Mika Miyazato in the lead at 5-under par, but she shot 5-over 76 in the third round to fall down the leaderboard.

Seo, who turned 25 on Friday, put herself in position by shooting a 3-under 68 early Sunday, matching the best score of a third round that featured only seven scores under par. Kerr, Stanford and Ryu emerged from the round as the only players in the red for the tournament — at 1 under — as the 7,000-yard course, the long march in high altitude and the typically punishing U.S. Open setup took its toll.

PGA Tour

SILVIS, Ill. — Steve Stricker sank a 25-foot putt from off the 18th green to win the John Deere Classic for the third straight year.

The putt capped a roller coaster afternoon for Stricker, who led by five strokes when he made the turn, fell behind rookie Kyle Stanley by two shots on the back nine, then birdied the final two holes to close with a 2-under 69.

Stricker became just the 10th different golfer since World War II to win a tournament three straight times. He finished at 22-under 262 to beat Stanley by one stroke.

Stanley kept the lead by salvaging par on 17 after sending his tee shot into a grove of trees, but he missed a 10½-foot par putt on 18 to open the door for Stricker.

European Tour

INVERNESS, Scotland — Luke Donald shot a 9-under 63 to win his first Scottish Open by four strokes, cementing his position as the world’s top-ranked player in dominant fashion.

The 33-year-old Englishman was a shot behind a trio of players sharing the lead going into the third and final round at the Castle Stuart links course but rolled in nine birdies to cruise home ahead of Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed, who fired a 62 — the week’s lowest score — and finished at 15 under.

Donald’s third victory of the year will provide him with a perfect tonic ahead of the British Open at Royal St. George’s starting Thursday, where he’ll attempt to land his first major.

Scotland’s Scott Jamieson finished in a six-way tie for third at 14 under, clinching a qualifying berth for the Open.

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