The Associated Press

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Joaquin Niemann was an 18-year-old amateur when he arrived in West Virginia two years ago and tied for 29th in the only PGA Tour event he played outside of the U.S. Open.

In 2018, he improved to a tie for fifth at the tournament.

Now he has a chance to become the first player from Chile to win on tour.

Niemann shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

The 20-year-old Niemann was 15 under with a round left in the season-opening event at the Old White TPC.

“I just feel like I’m almost a member here,” Niemann said. “I just like being out here. Always when you play on a course that you know already, it helps a lot. I think this is the course I have played more on tour.”

Niemann had a bogey and three birdies, including a 4-foot putt on the par-5 17th.

“I’m just really happy the way I’ve been playing,” Niemann said. “This course is really good for me.”

No third-round leader has gone on to win the tournament.

Nate Lashley, Richy Werenski and Robby Shelton were tied for second at 13 under. Lashley and Werenski shot 65, and Shelton had a 70.

Adam Long and Scottie Scheffler were 12 under. Long shot 70, and Scheffler had a 71.

Lashley’s story is well-known by now. In 2004, his parents and girlfriend were killed in a plane crash in Wyoming.

After resuming his career in the PGA Tour’s minor leagues, he won his first tour title at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit in June after slipping into the field as an alternate.

“My mentality is I’m definitely a lot more relaxed,” Lashley said. “I’m just playing, just trying to take that as experience, the way I played in Detroit. You know, I really just kind of kept to myself that week and really just focused and tried to block everything else out. I feel like I’ve done a good job of that so far.”

Kevin Chappell could not capitalize on the 11-under 59 he shot Friday, the 11th sub-60 round in tour history. His third-round 73 left him eight strokes behind Niemann.

Also Saturday:

U.S., Europe all square at Solheim Cup: GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Europe and the United States are tied at 8-8 heading to the final-day singles at the Solheim Cup.

After the morning foursomes were shared 2-2 on the second day at Gleneagles, the U.S. won the tense afternoon fourballs 21⁄2-11⁄2 with three of the matches reaching the 18th hole and the last match finishing on No. 17.

It is the first time since 2011 in Ireland that the teams were tied going into the singles. The Europeans went on to lift the cup that year, and they are seeking to prevent a U.S. three-peat in women’s golf’s premier team event.

Garcia, Shinkwin share lead at KLM Open: AMSTERDAM — Sergio Garcia and Callum Shinkwin shot 6-under 66s and shared the lead at 15 under after the third round of the KLM Open.

Playing together in the second-to-last pairing at The International on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Garcia and Shinkwin traded birdies all day.

The Spaniard has made just one bogey in the first three rounds.

Jerry Kelly tops leaderboard at Ally Challenge: GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Jerry Kelly birdied the first five holes on the back nine and finished with a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Ally Challenge.

Kelly had a 12-under 132 total at rain-softened Warwick Hills.

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