Updated: November 8, 2012 12:08PM
Jonas Blixt birdied six of the last seven holes Saturday on his way to a 5-under-par 66 and a share of the lead with Ryan Moore and Brendon de Jonge after the third round of the PGA Tour’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
Moore shot a 6-under 65, and de Jonge birdied four of the last five holes to match Blixt’s 66. All three completed 54 holes at 19-under 194 and have a five-stroke lead over their nearest pursuers.
Moore, a former UNLV player who lives in Las Vegas, won the 2009 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour title. Blixt and de Jonge are winless on the tour.
John Daly, who entered play Saturday tied for sixth after shooting an 8-under 63 on Friday, ballooned to a 15-over 86 to drop to last among the 72 players who made the cut. He had a quadruple bogey, a triple bogey, two double bogeys, six bogeys and two birdies.
Kahne captures Talladega pole
Kasey Kahne won his first
career pole at Talladega (Ala.)
Superspeedway and will start on the front row with Ryan Newman in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. The race will be the fourth in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Kahne’s lap of 191.455 mph bettered Newman’s 191.145. Asked what it meant for him to win the pole, Kahne didn’t offer many details.
‘‘It means I’m going to start first, that’s it,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ll try to lead that first lap. If we’re up there, we’ll try to stay up there.’’
† Sebastian Vettel claimed the pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of teammate Mark Webber by two-tenths of a second in Suzuka.
Djokovic, Tsonga reach final
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic
defeated Florian Mayer 6-1, 6-4 and will play third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was leading 6-1, 4-1 when Feliciano Lopez retired from their match with an injured left wrist, in the final Sunday of the China Open in Beijing.
† Sixth-seeded Milos Raonic outlasted top-seeded Andy Murray
6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4) to move into the final Sunday of the Japan Open in Tokyo. He will face eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, who routed
Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-2.