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De Jonge takes 1-shot lead over Woods, 2 others
Tiger Woods played before the largest crowd of the day, even though it never topped 100. Brendon de Jonge had as many birdies - three - as people in his gallery on a strange, silent Saturday at the AT&T National in Bethesda, Md.
A violent wind storm overnight that toppled dozens of trees and littered the course with limbs forced tournament officials to keep spectators and all but the essential volunteers away from Congressional for the third round. Considering the amount of debris, it was amazing they even played.
De Jonge was steady in the steamy heat for a third straight round in the 60s, this one a 2-under 69 that gave him a one-shot lead over Woods, Bo Van Pelt and S.Y. Noh headed into a final round that figures to be a lot more noisy.
Woods and Van Pelt shot 67, and Noh had a 69.
De Jonge, a South African going for his first PGA Tour win, made his final birdie on the 12th hole with a wedge out of the rough that climbed over a ridge and settled about 12 feet behind the cup. It was worthy of applause, but there was only one person in the gallery to see it - Kandi Mahan, the wife of Hunter Mahan.
Indeed, this was a day like few others on the PGA Tour.
A few volunteers, tournament staff and club members tagged along after Woods, and provided about the only noise of the round. They watched him and Van Pelt get off to a quick start, and then match pars on the back nine to get close to the lead.
"I told Tiger that was a Bo Van Pelt crowd, so I was used to that," Van Pelt said. "I was very comfortable with 10 or 15 people watching me play golf. No, it was just nice to get it in. I think we're all fortunate that nobody got hurt out here last night. It's a credit to the grounds staff that they got this golf course ready. I'm sure if you saw pictures of what it looked like at midnight, the fact that we played golf today is a minor miracle."
De Jonge was at 7-under 206 and will play in the final group with Van Pelt and Woods, who is going for his third win of the year. Woods won the AT&T National the last time it was held at Congressional in 209.
Calcavecchia, Daley lead Senior Players
Mark Calcavecchia shot a 6-under 64 for a share of the third-round lead with Joe Daley in the Senior Players Championship at Pittsburgh.
Calcavecchia, the Montreal Championship winner last week, matched Daley at 12-under 198 at Fox Chapel. Daley had a 68.
Rookie Felibert remains atop LPGA leaderboard
Veronica Felibert showed plenty of staying power, and then some, in the second round of the LPGA's NW Arkansas Championship.
The rookie from Venezuela shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday to stretch her lead to four strokes.
Felibert continued her surprising run at Pinnacle Country Club, where she made the field as the second alternate. After missing the cuts in her previous three tournaments, she opened with a 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead. She followed that with a bogey-free round, capping the day with a par-saving putt on No. 18.