Friday's Golf Capsules
Saturday, October 22, 2011
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Justin Leonard described his round Friday at Disney as a “fun, easy day,” and it was every bit of that. He had a 9-under 63 for his lowest round of the year, putting him in a tie for the lead with Henrik Stenson and Bio Kim at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
It was only after his round that he felt as though he was on Thunder Mountain without ever leaving the golf course. Leonard is at No. 144 on the PGA Tour money list and not the least bit worried about keeping his card because he already is exempt through 2012. Because of a misprint in the media guide, reporters didn’t understand how he was exempt, leading to confusion — and a brief spell of panic for Leonard — while tour officials researched the regulations to confirm the answer.
By the time he headed for the Magic Kingdom for the parade with his four children, all was well. Leonard, Stenson (64) and Kim (65) were at 12-under 132, two shots clear of Nick O’Hern (66).
The money list is magic at Disney.
Webb Simpson and Luke Donald are battling for the money title, and they both played the opening two rounds at 7-under 137, meaning they will be paired again Saturday. Simpson has a $363,029 lead, so the third round looms large for Donald. The top-ranked Donald can finish no worse than a two-way tie for second, provided Simpson finishes down the leaderboard. It’s a tall order for Donald, the No. 1 player in the world.
LPGA Taiwan Championship
YANG MEI, Taiwan (AP) — Spain’s Azahara Munoz shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the second-round lead with Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist in the inaugural LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Nordqvist had a 68 to match Munoz at 7-under 137 at Sunrise Golf and Country Club, two shots ahead of top-ranked Yani Tseng (71) and fellow Taiwanese player Candie Kung (68).
The 22-year-old Tseng won the season-opening LPGA Thailand in February at Siam Country Club for the first of her tour-high six victories. She has nine worldwide victories this year, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open.
CASTELLON, Spain (AP) — Sergio Garcia shot an 8-under 63 on his home course to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the European Tour’s Castello Masters.
The Club de Campo del Meditarraneo club champion at the age of 12, Garcia eagled the par-5 eighth hole and had seven birdies to reach 12 under. Sweden’s Alexander Noren was second after a 63.