Simpson leads by 2 at Greenbrier

Posted: July 08, 2012

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Webb Simpson likes the way he's avoiding bogeys and figures he'll need to play smart again at the Greenbrier Classic to get his second win in three tournaments.

The U.S. Open champion shot a 5-under 65 in the third round Saturday to take a 2-stroke lead into the final round. Simpson had his second straight bogey-free round to reach 14 under on the Greenbrier Resort's Old White TPC Course.

Troy Kelly was second after a 62. Rookie Charlie Beljan, J.B. Holmes, and Ken Duke were 11 under.

Simpson isn't disappointed that Tiger Woods isn't around to challenge him. Woods missed the cut for only the ninth time in his PGA career.

"When he's not lurking around on Saturdays and Sundays, it makes it a little easier," Simpson said.

Champions Tour

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Tom Kite shot a 3-under 69 at Pebble Beach for a share of the lead with Brad Bryant after the second round of the Nature Valley First Tee Open. Bobby Clampett, Peter Senior, and Mark McNulty were tied for third at 5 under. The 62-year-old Kite won the 1983 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the site of the final round Sunday.

European Tour

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France - David Howell of England shot a 4-under 67 to share the lead with Anders Hansen of Denmark at 6-under after the third round of the French Open.

Hansen finished with a 69. South African George Coetzee is 1 shot back after a 70. Overnight leader Marcel Siem of Germany had a 73 to fall 2 behind the leaders.

Lee Westwood strained his groin when he slipped while walking to the first tee. He had a double-bogey on the opening hole and bogeyed the next five. He finished with a 76.

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