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Newcomers share top spot at 3M

The Associated Press

Matthew Wolff hits out of the rough on the 18th hole during the third round of the 3M Open on Saturday.

The Associated PressBLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa grew up about 30 minutes apart in California and golfed against each other in high school.

That was only a few years ago.

Sunday’s competition could result in a much bigger reward.

The first-month professionals are in prime positions for one to get his first career win at a first-time event.

Wolff shot a 9-under 62 Saturday to share the lead with Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau at 15 under after three rounds of the inaugural 3M Open.

Morikawa shot a 7-under 64 at the TPC Twin Cities; DeChambeau a 1-under 70.

Seeking his first tour win in 31 tour starts, Wyndham Clark shot a 64 and was tied with Adam Hadwin (69) one shot back.

Wolff, 20, who won the NCAA individual title on Memorial Day, is playing in his third event since turning professional, Morikawa, 22, his fourth. They’re the final pairing Sunday.

“It’s on a lot bigger stage, but our games played very well throughout the spring,” said Morikawa, named the Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Year in May. “We’re going to have to control our nerves, remember who we are, what brought us out here.”

“These guys are really good, and I know I’m really good, so it’s going to be fun,” Wolff said.

4 knotted atop LPGA Classic

ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — A late slip cost Sung Hyun Park control and she slipped into a four-way tie for the lead going into the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

Park, who returned to No. 1 in the world after winning last week in Arkansas, made double bogey on the par-5 15th at the Thornberry Creek of Oneida course on Saturday.

She missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole and remained tied for the lead with Shanshan Feng (65), Tiffany Joh (66), and Ariya Jutanugarn (67).

They were at 20-under 196.

Yealimi Noh, the 17-year-old who got into the event through Monday qualifying, played in the final group with Park and matched her with a 69.

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