San Martin, Calif. • On a day of low scoring, Brooks Koepka kept up his end of the bargain and stayed in the lead at the Frys.com Open.
In his first regular PGA Tour event, Koepka rolled in two birdies putts to start his round Saturday and drove the par-4 17th green for another birdie. It added to a 4-under 67 and a two-shot lead over George McNeill and Jason Kokrak going into the final round at CordeValle.
Brooks Koepka -15
George McNeill -13
Jason Kokrak -13
Daniel Summerhays -4
Mike Weir -2
A win would mean more than just a trip to the Masters for Koepka.
The 23-year-old Floridian started the year with no status on any tour, and since then has earned membership on the Challenge Tour and European Tour. A victory Sunday would give him a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, and keep him from having to reload the pages in his passport. He already has played in 15 countries this year, with three victories on the Challenge Tour.
McNeill made 10 birdies in his round of 62 that put him in the last group with Koepka. McNeill is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Lexi Thompson moved into position for her second LPGA Tour title, shooting a 5-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia.
The 18-year-old American, the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic winner, had five birdies in her bogey-free round to reach 17-under 196 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. She opened with rounds of 67 and 63.
South Korea’s Ilhee Lee was second after a 70.
In Cary, N.C., Russ Cochran shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship.
The 54-year-old left-hander birdied five of the first six holes, dropped a stroke on the par-5 seventh and added birdies on Nos. 15 and 17.
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