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Rookie Sebastian Munoz keeps lead at Greenbrier Classic

Davis Love III enters the final round of the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic four shots off the lead at 10 under after 2-under 68.

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Davis Love III enters the final round of the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic four shots off the lead at 10 under after 2-under 68.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Davis Love believes his experience might give him an edge as he tries to become the PGA Tour's oldest winner at age 53. First, he must surpass several others, including a rookie trying to become the first wire-to-wire winner in the Greenbrier Classic.

Sebastian Munoz shot 2-under 68 on Saturday to maintain a two-stroke lead over Robert Streb after the third round. The 24-year-old Colombian was at 14-under 196 at Old White TPC. Streb shot 65.

Love was tied with two others at 10 under after a 68, with four players ahead of him. The two-time Ryder Cup captain who will enter the World Golf Hall of Fame in September liked his chances today.

"Under the pressure, I know how to handle things," Love said. "I've seen some guys this week kind of go up and down and make some rookie mistakes, including myself. I'm going to make mistakes, too, but hopefully the experience will pay off."

At No. 221 in the FedEx Cup standings, Love wants to make the season-ending playoffs and is among those trying to qualify for the British Open next week. The leading four players not already exempt from the top-12 finishers will earn spots. Russell Henley (10 under) is the only player in the top 10 who has already qualified.

Sam Snead won the last of his eight titles in 1965 at 52 years, 10 months, 8 days. Love will try to break the age mark at the former playground of Snead, who was the longtime head pro and pro emeritus at the Greenbrier resort.

Love's last win was two years ago at the Wyndham Championship, making him the tour's third-oldest winner.

"I don't think much about age," Love said. "I think that I want to go out and compete. There's a reason why I keep having surgery, coming back, doing the rehab and trying to play. There's a lot to play for, not just for this week but for the rest of the season. I'm going to stay after it."

Munoz welcomes the challenge, especially from Love.

"That would be awesome if he wins," Munoz said. "He has to beat me and all the other guys. We'll just have to wait and see what happens."

LPGA: Second-round leader Katherine Kirk shot 7-under 65 to open a four-stroke lead in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic and move into position to challenge the tour's 72-hole scoring record.

Kirk reached 20-under 196 in the first-year event at Thornberry Creek, the Oneida Nation-owned resort in Oneida, Wis., near Green Bay. The tour record for 72 holes is 27 under, set by Annika Sorenstam in the 2001 Standard Register Ping in Phoenix and matched by Sei Young Kim last year in the Founders Cup, also in Phoenix. Sorenstam shot a record 59 in the second round.

Ashleigh Buhai (65) was second.

Rookie Sebastian Munoz keeps lead at Greenbrier Classic 07/08/17 [Last modified: Saturday, July 8, 2017 9:23pm]
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