Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, July 10, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Mika Miyazato and Ai Miyazato, unrelated but from the same city in Japan, finished 1-2 after the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open before play was suspended Saturday because of thunderstorms.
Mika Miyazato shot 4-under 67 to take the lead at 5-under 137 — one shot ahead of Ai Miyazato, who shot 68.
The 72-player field waited for more than two hours before being sent home.
The Miyazatos, who are from Okinawa, will play together when the third round begins early Sunday. The USGA still hopes to finish Sunday despite another weather interruption.
Each day, lightning in the area has stopped play. On Thursday, the championship was suspended after dark clouds started collecting over the mountains around the Broadmoor.
On Friday, play was delayed for more than an hour.
John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Steve Stricker assumed a familiar spot atop the John Deere Classic leaderboard, shooting an 8-under 63 to go up by two strokes after three rounds.
Stricker knocked in a 75-foot birdie putt on the first hole and went on to post his best round of the year while closing in on his third straight victory in the tournament.
He’s at 20-under 193 following a par on save on 18, where he twice hit into bunkers before drilling a 15-foot putt.
Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe is in second at 195 after matching Stricker’s 63. Second-round leader Chez Reavie, who started the day two strokes up on Stricker, shot 68 and was 17 under, one ahead of Kyle Stanley (65).
First Tee Open
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jay Haas shot a 7 under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over three other players after two rounds of the First Tee Open.
Haas, who owns 14 Champions Tour titles but is winless since 2009, had seven birdies, including three of the four par-5s, and played bogey free to get to 11-under 133.
That was in stark contrast to his opening round, when Haas birdied six of the first nine holes to take an early lead before falling back with a pair of bogeys on the back nine.
Mark Brooks (64), Bobby Clampett (66) and Brad Bryant (68) were at 135. First-round leader Russ Cochran (71) was among five players at 136.
Defending tournament champion Ted Schulz had a 67 and was tied for 17th at 140.
INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — The Scottish Open was reduced to a three-round event after torrential rain overnight and throughout Saturday flooded the Castle Stuart links course at Inverness, wiping out the entire third day’s play.
The leaderboard remained unchanged, leaving 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell in a three-way share of the lead at 11 under with Scottish pair Peter Whiteford and Scott Jamieson. All three finished their second rounds in dry, still conditions early Friday.
Players will be back out early Sunday to complete their second rounds, with the third and final round to follow, although more rain is expected.
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