Justin Rose went 30 holes without making a birdie. He made up for it in a big way Saturday at the Bridgestone Invitational with a 7-under 63 that gave him a share of the lead with Jim Furyk going into the final round of the World Golf Championship event.
The last bunch of birdies made for a quick change on the leaderboard. Rose was four shots behind with four holes to play when he made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 15th, hit wedge into 3 feet for birdie on the par-5 16th and closed out his best round ever at Firestone with a 40-foot birdie on the 18th.
Furyk finished with six straight pars and a 69 to join Rose at 9-under 201.
Steve Bowditch also had a 63 and was in a group four shots behind that included Ian Poulter (65), Henrik Stenson (68) and Bubba Watson (69).
Rose made birdie on the sixth hole of the opening round, went the last 12 holes without another, and then made 17 pars and one bogey on Friday.
"I guess that shows it just evens out, really, if you can stay the course and stay patient," Rose said. "Yesterday, I actually played really well. ... It just didn't happen yesterday."
Took vengeance: Kei Nishikori, who beat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the Citi Open semis in Washington in their first match since Cilic beat Nishikori in the U.S. Open final 11 months ago.
Finished strong: Miguel Angel Jimenez, who eagled the 18th for a 9-under 61 to tie Colin Montgomerie for the second-round lead in the Champions Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta.
Won again: Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., motocross racer who took the Red Bull Unadilla National for his third straight Lucas Oil Pro Championships victory and fifth of the season.
Crept up: Karolina Pliskova, who beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 7-5 in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. It was her 39th victory of the year, one behind leader Serena Williams.
Phelps tops the world again
Maybe one day they'll learn. Don't talk trash to Michael Phelps. It just makes him go faster.
After spending all day digesting Chad le Clos' taunts from halfway around the world, Phelps beat the South African's time from the world championships to win the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships in San Antonio.
Phelps finished in 50.45 seconds, nearly a second faster than his winning time at the London Olympics. More important to Phelps, he went faster than Le Clos' time about eight hours earlier in Kazan, Russia, where he won the world championship in 50.56. Le Clos had said this week that he would put up a time Phelps couldn't beat.
"The comments were interesting," Phelps said. "It just fuels me. If you want to do it, go for it. I welcome it."
Road runner Allmendinger takes pole
King of the road course AJ Allmendinger won the pole for the Sprint Cup Cheez-IT 355 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
Allmendinger also won the pole on the road course at Sonoma in June. He turned a fast lap of 127.839 miles per hour to edge Martin Truex Jr. for the top spot. It's his fourth pole in Sprint Cup.
Kane hires lawyer; investigation continues
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has hired an attorney while under police investigation over something that may have happened at his home last weekend.
Widespread reports have indicated the investigation involves a sexual assault.
Without providing any details, lawyer Paul Cambria confirmed in a text message to the Associated Press that he's been hired to represent Kane.
AROUND THE HORN
Horse racing: Honor Code rallied from last in the stretch to catch Liam's Map and win the Grade 1 $1.25 million Whitney by a neck at Saratoga Race Course in New York.
College baseball: Gary McClure, baseball coach at Austin Peay, resigned after 27 seasons following his arrest in a prostitution sting. Police said McClure responded to an online ad and contacted an undercover Clarksville (Tenn.) Police officer. He was arrested Friday.
3Two members of the Penske Racing team led 79 laps of the 82-lap NASCAR Xfinity Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen. Joey Logano won the race, and teammate Brad Keselowski finished second.