Snedeker’s 64 blooms into a $10M timeshare with Rose
ATLANTA – Brandt Snedeker had one of his best rounds of the year, a 6-under 64 on Saturday that gave him a share of the lead at the Tour Championship.
It could turn out to be a round worth $10 million.
Snedeker, in control of his game despite increasing wind at tree-lined East Lake, made a collection of tough putts and used his short game to pick up a couple of other birdies to wind up atop the leaderboard with Justin Rose, who also played bogey-free for a 68.
Today at East Lake is the final day of the FedEx Cup, and it never has been more up for grabs among so many top players.
Rory McIlroy had a 68 – his 11th consecutive round in the 60s – and was three shots behind. Tiger Woods salvaged an important par after bouncing a shot off a Georgia pine and had a 67 that put him four shots behind.
McIlroy, Woods and Snedeker were among the top five seeds coming into the Tour Championship, meaning they only have to win today to claim the FedEx Cup title and its $10-million bonus, the richest prize in golf.
Dillon catches two breaks to win Nationwide race
SPARTA, Ky. – Some drivers would be happy catching one break. Austin Dillon ended up with two, and the last benefited the Nationwide Series rookie most in winning Saturday at Kentucky Speedway.
Running second to Elliott Sadler, Dillon – car owner Richard Childress’ grandson – got the lead after his teammate encountered steering issues with 50 laps left and fell back.
Dillon, the pole winner, went on to his second victory of the season and a sweep at the 1.5-mile oval. He led four times for 65 laps.
Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Brendan Gaughan, Drew Herring and Sadler – who reclaimed the points lead from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Hamilton wins McLaren’s 4th consecutive pole position
SINGAPORE – McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position Saturday for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Hamilton gave McLaren its fourth consecutive pole position for the first time since 1999, and his victory chances in today’s race were boosted by Williams’ Pastor Maldonado earning a surprise second place in qualifying.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel qualified third after being the fastest in all three practice sessions.
Jenson Button of McLaren qualified fourth, ahead of Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, who holds a 37-point lead over Hamilton in the championship standings with seven races to go.
Olympic gold, now worlds, Vos adds to her medal haul
VALKENBURG, Netherlands – Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the cycling world championships road race Saturday for the second time to add to her gold medal from the London Olympics.
Rachel Neylan of Australia was second, and Elisa Longo Borghini finished third.
Durangoans Carmen Small and Kristin McGrath finished 29th and 44th, respectively.
UCI chief calls out USADA: Where’s the evidence?
VALKENBURG, Netherlands – The chief of world cycling’s governing body is questioning why American anti-doping authorities have not sent him the file of evidence that prompted them to erase Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life.
International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid on Saturday said the United States Anti-Doping Agency had not given the UCI a date to expect the details, and he sounded impatient to receive them.
Su-wei beats Robson in 3 to win Guangzhou Open
GUANGZHOU, China – Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan beat Laura Robson of Britain 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Guangzhou Open.