Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Couples Extends Lead

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Couples Extends Lead

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Fred Couples extended his lead to five strokes Saturday after the third round of the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco.

Winless this season, Couples shot a 3-under 68 to reach 15-under 198 at TPC Harding Park.

Mark O'Meara was second after a 67. Defending champion Tom Lehman had the best round of the day, a 65, to join Bart Bryant (70) and Peter Senior (72).

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry was tied for seventh at 7 under after a 67. Bernhard Langer, needing a victory and help to catch Perry, also was 7 under after a 71.

MORE GOLF

Dustin Johnson had a chance to run away from the field in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. But he made two double bogeys in his 6- under 66 and saw his lead cut in half to three shots going into the final round of this World Golf Championships event. Johnson ran off five consecutive birdies on the front nine, and then four birdies in a row on the back nine to lead by six shots over Ian Poulter. Poulter made a birdie on the 18th for a 63, and Johnson hit his drive into the water on the closing hole for his second double bogey. Johnson was at 18-under 198, three clear of Poulter.

* Charles Frost shot a 3-under 69 for a share of the third-round lead with Jeff Schmid in the PGA Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Frost, 37, a PGA assistant professional at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., eagled the par-5 16th hole. He matched Schmid at 8 under. Brett Carman of Claysville, Washington County, fell into a tie for 12th after a 77.

TENNIS

David Ferrer stunned top-seeded Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 7-5, and will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters in France. Djokovic won his 16th consecutive match by rallying from a set and a break down to defeat Roger Federer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

* Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani prevailed in the opening singles for a 2-0 lead against an under-strength Russia and put Italy on the brink of a fourth Fed Cup title in Cagliari, Italy. …

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