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Clark Leads US PGA Wells Fargo Championship; US Takes LPGA International Crown Semis Ticket

Clark Leads US PGA Wells Fargo Championship: Wyndham Clark is going to the fourth round of the US Professional Golfers Association Wells Fargo Championship leading by two strokes over Xander Schauffele after shooting an 8-under-par 63 in the third round on Saturday. The 29-year-old has a chance of claiming his first US PGA title if he holds on to his advantage in the last 18 holes of the tournament held at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clark is a longshot to capture the Wells Fargo title in online golf odds as he has a group of former champions chasing him.

Bogey-Free Round of Eight Birdies

The American made eight birdies in a bogey-free round to put himself on the driver’s seat on 16-under 197 after 54 holes of action. He is a shot ahead of Schauffele, who carded a 64 for a 199 aggregate. The reigning Olympic champion went 4-under in the last five holes to climb into contention in the penultimate round. The US parbuster is three shots ahead of 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia and Tyrrell Hatton of England. Scott shot a 67 in the third round while Hatton finished with a 68. Clark, who is ranked No80 in the world, had three top-six finishes in his last five starts. He only missed one green in regulation and it was in the 18th hole. Clark started his game going with a birdie at 22 feet in the second hole. He followed it up with three consecutive birdies between the sixth and eighth holes. He continued his surge in the back-nine by connecting birdies on the 10th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes.

Clark Leads US PGA Wells Fargo Championship: Schauffele Surges to 2nd

Looking for his first US PGA title and eighth overall, Schauffele rose into contention by holing out birdies from the seventh to the 10th holes. Despite dropping a shot at the 12th, the Olympic gold medalist redeemed that with a birdie at 14th. He connected an eagle at the par-5 15th and a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th to close in on Clark. Hatton and Scott had good games on Saturday as they hope to continue it in the final round to have a chance at winning the event.

Team USA to Face Thailand at LPGA International Crown Semifinal

Team USA booked a semifinal duel with Thailand after edging past China. The Chinese golfers failed to secure the two victories they needed to advance to the final four as they split their two matches with England. The result catapulted Team USA, who lost one match and halved another against Sweden, to the semifinal round. Thailand secured the maximum six points after beating Australia, 2-0. Patty Tavatanakit and Atthaya Thitikul outlasted Australia’s Minjee Lee and Stephanie Kyriacou, 1-up, and Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn demolished Hannah Green and Sarah Kemp, 3&2, at the TPC Harding Park. Thailand faces a United States squad that featured World No1 Nelly Korda, Lilia Vu, Lexi Thompson and Denielle Kang. Vu and Korda fell 1-up to Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall in the first four-balls match while Thompson and Kang ended up tied with Madelene Sagstrom and Maja Stark.

The other semifinal will be Sweden and Australia. Sweden are the Pool A winners with 5 1/2 points while Australia finished second in Pool B with 3 1/2 points. LPGA picks and parlays are betting high on a Thailand victory against the US due to their unbeaten run in pool play. On the other semifinal bracket, they see Sweden emerging victorious over Australia.