Suzann Pettersen birdied two of her last three holes Thursday for a 6-under-par 66 and a share of the lead with So Yeon Ryu and Sun Young...
Pettersen tied for lead
Suzann Pettersen birdied two of her last three holes Thursday for a 6-under-par 66 and a share of the lead with So Yeon Ryu and Sun Young Yoo in the LPGA Tour’s season-ending Titleholders.
Yoo had a five-shot lead until giving up three shots on the last two holes with a pair of three-putts, one of them a double bogey on the par-3 eighth.
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Stacy Lewis, the LPGA player of the year, needs to win the Titleholders to have any chance of winning the money title. She was within two shots of the lead after an eagle on the par-5 13th, but the 27-year-old American dropped two shots coming in and settled for a 70.
Pettersen played in the same group with Cristie Kerr, whose win last week in Mexico was her first in two years. Kerr opened with a 67 at TwinEagles and was a shot behind, along with U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi.
Hall of Fame field set
The late Willie Park Jr. will be joining his father in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Park won the British Open twice in the 19th century and had a large influence on the game by making golf clubs and building golf courses. He was selected through the veteran’s category. Park joins Seattle native Fred Couples and Ken Venturi in the 2013 induction class. The ceremony will be May 6 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
MVP finalists named
New York forward Thierry Henry, San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski and Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi are the finalists for the MLS Most Valuable Player award.
San Jose defender Victor Bernardez, Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning and Columbus forward Federico Higuain are the finalists for Newcomer of the Year.
Gspurning also is a finalist for Goalkeeper of the Year along with Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy and Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen.
Chicago defender Austin Berry, D.C. midfielder Nick DeLeon and Vancouver forward Darren Mattocks are finalists for Rookie of the Year. Bernardez is a finalist for Defender of the Year with Kansas City’s Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin.
San Jose forward Alan Gordon, Seattle forward Eddie Johnson and D.C. midfielder Chris Pontius are the contenders for Comeback Player of the Year, and D.C.’s Ben Olsen, Kansas City’s Peter Vermes and San Jose’s Frank Yallop are finalists for Coach of the Year.
Austin hosts Formula One
The Formula One season comes down to this: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by 10 points with two races left, the first on a track neither has driven before.
The first U.S. Grand Prix since 2007 will be run Sunday on the new $400 million Circuit of the Americas built a few miles outside of Austin, Texas. With so few points separating Vettel and Alonso from winning a third world title for either driver, learning every nuance in elevation, the straightaways and the 20 turns in practice and qualifying could make the difference.
If the title chase isn’t decided Sunday, it will head to the season finale in São Paulo, Brazil.
Holdsclaw charged with assault
Former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody in Atlanta after being accused of shooting into a woman’s car after using a bat to break its windows.
Police said Holdsclaw followed the woman, Jennifer Lacy, to her car Tuesday afternoon. A WNBA spokesman said Lacy, 29, plays for the Tulsa Shock. No one was injured. Lacy identified Holdsclaw, 35, as an ex-girlfriend and both played for the Atlanta Dream in 2009.
Holdsclaw’s bond was $10,000 on one charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.
League wants 2-week break
The NHL suggested the sides in the labor dispute take a two-week break before getting back to the bargaining table. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman floated the idea to Donald Fehr, executive director of the union. The union hasn’t responded yet, but the players maintained their position they are ready to meet at any time.
• Former doubles champion Bob Hewitt was suspended from the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., after an investigation into allegations that he sexually abused girls he coached.
• The 100th Davis Cup final starts Friday with Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic playing David Ferrer of Spain in the opening singles of the best-of-five series in Prague. Czech Tomas Berdych will face Nicolas Almagro in the second singles match.
• Top-ranked Rory McIlroy made a double bogey on his final hole, guaranteeing that he’ll miss the cut in his Hong Kong Open title defense. McIlroy (72) was 5 over.
• Australia’s Matthew Guyatt upstaged marquee players at the Australian Masters in Melbourne, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first round.
• South Africa’s Merrick Bremner birdied six of his first nine holes and finished with an 8-under 64 to tie the course record in the first round of the South African Open in Johannesburg.
• Scott Stallings shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over William McGirt and Kirk Triplett (a Pullman High School graduate) in the Pebble Beach (Calif.) Invitational.
• Leisel Jones retired, ending a 13-year career in which she became the first Australian swimmer to compete in four Olympics. The breaststroker won nine medals.
• Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yannick Agnel set a short course world record in the 400-meter freestyle (3:32.25) at the French swim championships in Angers.
• Portuguese motorcycle racer Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira died after a crash during qualifying for the Macau Grand Prix. He was 35.
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