IRVING, Texas - Ryan Palmer fought through a breezy day for a 3-over 73 on Saturday at the Byron Nelson Championship. That was good enough to top the leaderboard at 5 under after three rounds.

Even with two bogeys on the last three holes, Palmer finished a stroke ahead of playing partner Sergio Garcia after the two started the day tied for the lead.

Garcia shot a 74 while also making bogeys at the 16th and 18th holes, where he missed makable putts.

"It was the kind of day if you let yourself go, it could go very wrong," said Garcia, the 2004 Nelson champion who hasn't won since 2008. "We grinded it out the best we could."

Only eight of 74 players shot under par Saturday.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hale Irwin began the week talking about the end of his career. He energized it with a 2-under 70 to tie Kiyoshi Murota for the lead through three rounds of the Senior PGA Championship.

It was a day of dramatic reversals at Valhalla Golf Club.

Seeking a victory that would make him the oldest winner of the oldest senior major, Irwin shot a 70 that could have been better if not for a double-bogey at the end. After coming out of a deep greenside bunker, he 3-putted from 15 feet to fall back into a tie with Murota, who led after each of the first two rounds.

Irwin and Murota, who battled back pain to shoot a 74, were at 9-under 207.

Tom Watson, the 2007 Senior PGA champion, shot a 68 and was 1 shot back, with Trevor Dodds (67) at 209 and Nick Price (73) at 210.

European Tour

VIRGINIA WATER, England - Luke Donald birdied two of his last three holes for a 1-over 72 and a share of the lead at the BMW PGA Championship with Italian teenager Matteo Manassero after the third round. Top-ranked Lee Westwood and Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay shot 69s and were 2 strokes back.


RIO DE JANEIRO - American Heather Bowie Young made eight birdies in a 6-under 66 that gave her a 2-shot lead at the LPGA Tour's Brazil Cup in Rio de Janeiro. Second-ranked Suzann Pettersen of Norway was tied for second with Australian Lindsey Wright after the first round.