The No. 9 men’s tennis team stayed undefeated at home after two back-to-back wins against No. 16 California and No. 36 Stanford over the weekend.“It was great to open the facility with the energy we had today,” head coach Peter Smith said after the team’s win over the Bears on Friday. “The energy from our crowd transferred to our team. It was just a gritty performance from the boys.”The clinching point against Stanford on Saturday came from sophomore Thibault Forget on Court 5, propelling USC to a 6-1 win. With the win, the Trojans improved their conference record to 3-1.The Trojans found themselves down after losing the doubles point early in the match. On Court 3, Forget and freshman Jake DeVine got up an early break before losing the match 6-3 to freshman Sameer Kumar and junior Yale Goldberg of Stanford. On Court 1, No. 38 pair of junior Nick Crystal and freshman Laurens Verboven fell short to sophomore Tom Fawcett and senior Maciek Romanowicz after losing the deciding point at 4-5, giving Stanford the first point of the day.The singles action saw the Trojans getting the first set on four courts, with the other two close in score. DeVine, No. 109 in the singles ranking, put USC on the scoreboard after beating Kumar 6-1, 6-2 on Court 4. On Court 1, No. 25 senior Max de Vroome was able to upset No. 6 Fawcett in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.On Court 6, freshman Jack Jaede was broken when serving for the match and forced to a tiebreaker. Down 0-4, he came back and saved a set point before finishing the match 6-4 7-6(7), beating No. 110 Romanowicz.Forget finished the match, beating senior Nolan Paige with the score of 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, clinching the dual.Action went on and the Trojans were able to win the remaining two courts. No. 58 freshman Logan Smith defeated freshman Michael Genender 6-3, 0-6, 6-4. No. 55 Crystal defeated No. 56 sophomore David Wilczynski 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in a close match that saw the Cardinal serving to close it out in the second set.On Friday, the Trojans were able to beat the Golden Bears 4-2, after coming from behind once again. The doubles action saw the home team going down as Cal’s No. 44 junior Filip Bergevi and junior Florian Lakat took down USC’s top team of No. 38 Crystal/Verboven 6-0.The Trojans responded with a win on Court 2 where de Vroome and Jaede tied the score after beating the Bear’s junior Andre Goransson and sophomore Billy Griffith 6-2.On Court 3, Forget and sophomore Tanner Smith suffered a 6-3 loss to sophomore J.T. Nishimura and freshman Ryan Shen that awarded the Bears the first point of the day.During singles play, however, the Men of Troy turned it around.On Court 5, Forget tied the score at 1-1 with a win in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 against No. 62 senior Oskar Wikberg. It was followed by another win on Court 2 where No. 55 Crystal beat No. 40 Griffith 6-2, 6-4. No. 58 Smith pulled out an upset of the same score against No. 17 Goransson, bringing USC one point away from the match.No. 109 DeVine had to surrender to Bergevi after a close match that ended with the score of 7-6(5) 6-4 for California, recording the only single loss of the weekend for the Trojans. The clinching point came from Court 1, as No. 25 de Vroome fought back after losing the first set to No. 28 Lakat, recording a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win.The Trojans are now 13-4 overall and will play two conference matches on the road, as they face Utah on April 8 and Arizona April 10.
MORE: Everything to know about the PGA ChampionshipThere were a few storylines to monitor as Round 3 progressed Saturday, including whether two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka’s hip — which required attention from a trainer multiple times on Friday — would continue to be problematic for him. Observers were curious to see whether Li’s performance would change after he spent several hours practicing after his second round. The answers to those questions: No, and yes.Tiger Woods was another golfer to watch; he suffered from an abysmal short game on Friday, which kept him close to the cut line. He’s an even longer shot now to win his fifth PGA Championship and earn a record 83rd PGA Tour victory after another round above par.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the 2020 PGA Championship leaders. Follow below for complete results from Saturday’s Round 3 (all times Eastern):PGA Championship leaderboard 2020LeaderboardPGA Championship — Round 0Winner: Click here or refresh the page if you don’t see scores and results above.PGA Championship updates, highlights from Round 310 p.m.: Li went from leading by two at the start of his round to trailing by four after the end of it. A 38 on the back nine and low scores by his purusers were the culprits. He’ll have a about an hour on the range and practice green Saturday night to work on his game.9:30 p.m: Koepka will need to go really low Sunday to three-peat. Consecutive bogeys on 13, 14 and 15 have put him three behind the leader as he plays the 18th. (UPDATE: He birdied 18 to end his third round at 7 under for the tournament, two behind Johnson.)9:15 p.m.: Dustin Johnson is the new clubhouse leader at 9 under. He stormed to the top with a 5-under 65.Dustin Johnson with his EIGHTH birdie of the day.He now sits atop the leaderboard at the PGA Championship. pic.twitter.com/gOA0ucu1Gu— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 9, 20208:45 p.m.: Li (-9) is back on top, but now he’s joined by Cameron Champ. If you’re not familiar with Champ, here’s a quick look at his swing:Breaking down Cameron Champ’s drive💪#PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/N9Vbpn9GR8— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 9, 20208:20 p.m.: Scottie Scheffler moves into the lead with a birdie at 17, his third in a row. He’s at 9 under, one ahead of Li, Koepka and Dustin Johnson.NEW LEADERScottie Scheffler grabs the lead at -9 with his third straight birdie. pic.twitter.com/xvouwRYZ3b— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 9, 20208:20 p.m.: DeChambeau closes with a flourish, draining this long-distance putt at 18 to put him at 6 under.From 95 feet …What a way to finish the round, @B_DeChambeau. pic.twitter.com/glnwS04Ra8— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 20208 p.m.: The top of the leaderboard remains crowded as the final pairing makes the turn. Li (8 under) is back in the lead, but he misses a birdie putt on 9, so he’s up by just one over Collin Morikawa (65), Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger.7:25 p.m.: Li gives up the lead with a bogey on 5.7:20 p.m.: DeChambeau is just two behind the leaders, and he’s rolling in long putts:DeChambeau trying to make a move up the leaderboard.Full #PGAChamp Leaderboard👉 https://t.co/QV8fkpw4hG pic.twitter.com/3LMM1ndgPc— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 8, 20206:55 p.m.: Four holes, four pars for Li, who still leads by one.6:35 p.m.: Koepka, balky hip and all, makes it a five-way tie for second (7 under) with a birdie at 4.6:30 p.m.: Li putts for birdie on each of his first two holes but leaves both attempts well short. He saves par both times. 6:15 p.m.: Scottie Sheffler holes out from the bunker and moves into a tie for second. (UPDATE: He shot a 31 on the front nine with five birdies.)Can’t do it any better than this.Scottie Scheffler holes out to move to -7, just one shot back. pic.twitter.com/0JAmKUZuCr— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 8, 20206 p.m.: Li, after hours on the driving range and practice green, is back on the course to begin his third round as the leader.Haotong Li is DIALED IN and his round hasn’t even started yet.#PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/DvXP17jvV6— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 8, 20204:56 p.m.: Not Tiger’s best round, but that is an absurd level of consistency.Tiger Woods has made at least one birdie in every round of his career at the PGA Championship.Now 75 rounds and counting … pic.twitter.com/gcDZngNurd— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 20203:30 p.m.: This close to a hole in one: What a bounce for @WebbSimpson1. 😲pic.twitter.com/RnFltmJ8FF— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 20202:10 p.m.: Phil making eagles like it’s no big deal.Phil being Phil🦅#PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/nswF3SGzhx— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 8, 20201:53 p.m.: A reminder of just how dedicated Haotong Li is.The leader in the clubhouse.@haotong_li is grinding on the putting green nearly four hours after his round.pic.twitter.com/m3vIeZLTKT— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 7, 20201:06 p.m.: Justin Thomas is on the prowl.Racking up birdies. 🐦@JustinThomas34 is 4-under through 6 holes. pic.twitter.com/IV7CkE9m2t— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 2020 We’re three rounds through the 2020 PGA Championship, and the winner is still far from certain. A large number of golfers can make a strong challenge for the Wanamaker Trophy.Dustin Johnson leads the group after a roller-coaster 5-under-par 65 Saturday that featured eight birdies at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Haotong Li, whose out-of-nowhere performance in Round 2 (5-under 65) pushed him to the top of the leaderboard, tumbled off his perch with a 3-over 73. A dozen golfers are separated by three strokes after 54 holes, meaning there will be an intense race to the finish Sunday.