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Golf roundup | Lehman takes lead of Charles Schwab Cup Championship

The Associated PressNovember 3, 2012 

Tom Lehman took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and moved closer to becoming the first player to win the season points title two straight years.

Lehman birdied the final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples on Saturday in the Champions Tour's season-ending event. Couples also shot a 62, making two eagles.

Lehman was 17 under after three days in perfect conditions on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course. He entered the week second behind Bernhard Langer in the points competition for a $1 million annuity. Langer was tied for 10th at 6 under after a 70.

Jay Haas followed his second-round 60 with a 69 to drop two strokes back.

LPGA Tour

South Korea's Lee Bo-mee shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mizuno Classic.

Lee, a regular on the Korean tour, had four birdies on the front nine at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club and added four more after the turn to finish at 10-under 134.

“My drives were good today, I was able to keep them on the fairway which was tough with this wind,” Lee said. “If I can keep driving and putting like this I feel good about my chances tomorrow.”

Rikako Morita of Japan, who briefly held the lead after an eagle on the par-5 13th, bogeyed three of the final five holes and was in second after a 68. Morita hit a 195-yard second shot to 10 feet and then made the eagle put on 13 but couldn't keep the momentum going when she bogeyed the par-4 14th.

“I hooked my iron on 14 and couldn't recover,” Morita said. “The bogeys caused me to fall back a few strokes but hopefully I can make them back tomorrow.”

Angela Stanford of the United States shot a 71 and was tied for third at 4-under 140 with South Korea's Na Yeon Choi, France's Karine Icher and overnight co-leader Ayako Uehara of Japan.

South Korea's Jiyai Shin, who shared the first-round lead, shot a 73 and was tied for eighth at 141 with a group of eight golfers that included defending champion Momoko Ueda of Japan, who shot a 69, American Stacy Lewis and Taiwanese star Yani Tseng, who both shot 70.

South Korea's Inbee Park, who opened the LPGA Tour's Asian swing with a victory in Malaysia and finished second last week in Taiwan, struggled with the wind and shot a 73 to be tied for 23rd at 143.

Asia-Pacific Amateur

Guan Tianlang of China is one round away from becoming the first 14-year-old to play in the Masters.

Guan overcame some early nerves and a difficult course at Amata Spring on Saturday with a par 72 to take a two-shot lead over Oliver Goss of Australia going into the final day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

“Everybody looked a little bit nervous to start with, and there was not much talking,” Guan said. “I then started to focus on my own game and felt pretty relaxed on the back nine, got a few birdies, so it was all right.”

The winner gets an invitation to play in the Masters, along with an exemption to the final stage of qualifying for the British Open. The youngest competitor in Masters history was Matteo Manassero of Italy, who was 16 in 2010.

The third round showed that Guan still has a long way to Augusta National.

Goss, a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur and winner last week in the Western Australia Open, shot a 69 in tougher conditions. He has a big advantage in distance over the 125-pound Guan.

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