Rodgers recovers with solid third round at Greenbrier


Stanford senior Patrick Rodgers shot a 2-under 68 on the third day of the Greenbrier Classic on Saturday to move into a tie for 56th with a three-day total of 208.

Rodgers recovered from the 5-over 75 he shot Friday to move up 13 places on the leaderboard. He opened with a 5-under 65.

Billy Hurley III leads the field with a 12-under 198 heading into the final round at the 100-year-old Old White TPC in White Sulpher Springs, W.V.

Rodgers is paired with Johnson Wagner (3-under for the tournament) for the final round. They are scheduled to tee off at 6:46 a.m. PDT.

Rodgers turned professional after Stanford's postseason run in the spring. He left the program with the all-time Cardinal scoring average of 70.31. He won both the Jack Nicklaus Award and Ben Hogan Award this year.

Rodgers, who finished in the Top 25 of the John Deere Classic as an amateur last summer, is playing his second PGA Tour tournament of the season and the fifth of his career. He's also played in two tour events.

Women's basketball

Stanford grad Chiney Ogwumike scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds and the Connecticut Suns downed the host Tulsa Shock, 78-76, in WNBA action Saturday.

Ogwumike also had two steals and blocked a pair of shots as the Sun (9-10) won for just the second time in eight road games.

The Sun took a 76-66 lead with 3:44 remaining to play in the game before the Shock made a run. Notre Dame grad Skylar Diggins hit a layup but missed the ensuing free throw with 23 seconds left.

Sun Renee Montgomery hit a layup with five seconds remaining to give Connecticut the win.

Stanford grad Kayla Pederson had two points and a rebound for the Sun.

Elsewhere, Stanford grad Jayne Appel helped the San Antonio Stars overcome a 13-point deficit to beat the host Indianapolis Fever, 71-70, on Kayla McBride's 3-pointer with less than two seconds remaining to play.

Appel, who started at center, scored four points, grabbed six rebounds, blocked four shots and had three assists.

Appel hit a game-tying layup late in the third quarter. The Fever went on a 15-2 run to open their large advantage before San Antonio responded with a 14-0 run.

A preview of Sunday's WNBA game between the Phoenix Mercury (12-3) and host Los Angeles Sparks (7-9), featuring Stanford grad Nneka Ogwumike can be found here.

Ogwumike's latest blog entry, from July 2, can be found here.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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