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Golf: Shawn Stefani takes St. Jude lead despite quadruple bogey

Published June 8, 2013 5:29 pm

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Memphis, Tenn. • Rookie Shawn Stefani has been through enough scrambling around the mini-tours trying to make it to the PGA Tour that a quadruple bogey wasn't going to shake his confidence or his concentration.

Even if it cost him the lead.

Stefani overcame the bad hole that dropped him down Saturday and shot a 4-under 66 to take the third-round lead in the St. Jude Classic.

"I feel like I hit one bad shot on 11, and that was the putt that I missed for a triple," Stefani said showing off his sense of humor. "I know that sounds crazy, but, you know, I hit the club that I wanted to hit. Unfortunately, was the wrong club at the wrong time."

The 31-year-old Texan rebounded with four birdies over his final five holes to move back atop the leaderboard. He finished with eight birdies to go with that quadruple bogey to reach 12-under 198 at TPC Southwind.

"It's who gets over it fastest and who moves on the fastest," Stefani said. "And to finish the way I did with three birdies on the last three was great. But I was just out there just playing the game and having fun. That's what I'm here for is to play the best I can and have fun with it, and I did that today."

LPGA Tour

Overcoming rain and a muddy course, Morgan Pressel shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to take the lead after two rounds of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y.

At 6-under 138, Pressel had a two-shot lead over top-ranked Inbee Park and Chella Choi. Park shot 68, while Choi, the first-round leader, struggled with a 73.

Champions Tour

David Frost birdied the 16th and 17th holes Saturday en route to a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the third round of the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala.

Frost, the South African who won the Toshiba Classic in March for his fourth Champions Tour title, had four birdies on the final eight holes to move to 12-under 205 in the major championship.