Golf Roundup: Reed surges ahead at Wells Fargo

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Patrick Reed was befuddled by the wind when his golf ball was in the air, and by the book when his ball was on the green. He went back to playing aggressively, and it gave him the lead Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship.

But not by much.

Reed hammered a wedge into 4 feet for birdie on the 17th, and finished with a two-putt birdie for a 5-under 67 to match the low score of a blustery third round. It was good enough for a one-shot lead over Alex Noren of Sweden and Jon Rahm of Spain going into the final round at Eagle Point.

But with one round remaining, the tournament was wide open, even for Dustin Johnson.

The world’s No. 1 player, competing for the first time since his slip down the stairs bruised his back and knocked him out of the Masters, rallied for a 67 and was four shots out of the lead as Johnson goes for his fourth straight PGA Tour victory.

Noren, a four-time winner on the European Tour last year who is No. 12 in the world, missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have tied him for the lead. He had a 69. Rahm closed with a birdie for a 69.

Reed was at 8-under 208.

Lorena Ochoa Match Play

MEXICO CITY — Michelle Wie rallied to beat Angel Yin in the Lorena Ochoa Match Play to join Ariya Jutanugarn, Sei Young Kim and Mi Jung Hur in the semifinals.

Four down after 11 holes at Club de Golf Mexico, Wie twice rallied to tie the long-hitting Yin and won with a birdie on the par-5 20th hole.

Wie set up a match against Kim, a 5-and-4 winner over Karine Icher in the event that switched from stroke to match play and moved from November.

Wie is winless since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. She won the then-Lorena Ochoa Invitational in stroke play in 2009 in Guadalajara for her first tour title.

The third-ranked Jutanugarn lost a 3-up lead to Cristie Kerr before finishing off the 39-year-old American with a par on the 19th hole. Kerr won three weeks ago in Hawaii and lost to Haru Nomura last week on the sixth hole of a playoff in Texas.

Hur had two 1-up victories, knocking off top-ranked Lydia Ko in the round of 16 in the morning and edging Shanshan Feng 1 up in the afternoon.

Insperity Invitational

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — John Daly shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Kenny Perry in the PGA Tour Champions’ Insperity Invitational.

The 51-year-old Daly is trying to win for the first time on the senior tour — and for the first time since the PGA Tour’s 2004 Buick Invitational. He birdied five of the first seven holes on the back nine and closed with two pars to reach 11-under 133.

By Paul Wager

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