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Huh catches up to Reed at Wyndham

Published August 17, 2013 11:53 pm

Golf • Rookie of the year shakes off triple bogey to tie for 1st.
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Greensboro, N.C. • John Huh refused to let tough conditions — and one terrible hole — get him down. He was rewarded with a share of the lead at the Wyndham Championship.

The PGA Tour's reigning rookie of the year shot an even-par 70 on Saturday and joined Patrick Reed atop the field after a soggy third round. Huh and Reed, the second-round leader who shot a 71, were at 10-under 200.

Huh shook off a triple bogey on his second hole, making up for it with three birdies in a four-hole stretch of the back nine.

"Since the rain picked it up this morning, it wasn't easy for us to play out there, but I told myself, 'Be patient, stay dry and keep grinding out there,' " Huh said.

Zach Johnson had the day's best round — a 66 — and was one stroke back along with Bob Estes and John Deere winner Jordan Spieth. Estes shot 68, and Spieth had a 70.

Eight players were within two shots of the lead.

"It's a Monday qualifier," Reed said. "I had a lot of success at Monday qualifiers, and that's basically what it is. I let everybody back in the field and to now, all of a sudden to have it as bunched as it is, it's going to be whoever can make as many birdies as possible tomorrow and shoot a low number."

There weren't many of those during a rainy day at a Sedgefield Country Club course with challenging pin placements. Play was halted for 2 hours, 59 minutes in the morning while the soaked course could dry out somewhat.

Tour officials moved up Sunday's final-round tee times in an attempt to beat the rain, just as they did for the third round when they sent players off in threesomes at the first and 10th tees.

Play was halted when early morning showers rendered the Donald Ross-designed course unplayable. Rain fell intermittently throughout the day, and though players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls, the conditions played havoc with virtually everyone on the course.

Champions Tour

Kenny Perry finally met his match — for one day, at least.

Champions Tour rookie Bart Bryant shot a 10-under 62 on Saturday to take the second-round lead at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. Bryant took advantage of another serene day at En-Joie Golf Club, making six birdies in his first seven holes to surge past first-round leader Perry.

LPGA Tour

In Parker, Col., Karine Icher put an emphatic end to a stunning shutout that put Europe on the verge of its first Solheim Cup win in America.

Icher rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt from just off the back of the 18th green as she and Beatriz Recari hung on for a 1-up win, giving Europe its first sweep of a Solheim Cup session in 11 years.

By winning all the fourballs matches in the afternoon, Europe led 10½-5½, matching the largest lead in Solheim Cup history.