Friday's Golf Capsules
Saturday, August 4, 2012
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods each carried momentum into the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational. That meant the best 36-hole score for Furyk in his PGA Tour career, and the worst start for Woods in nearly fourth months.
Furyk had another good day with the putter, making a few birdies early and saving par from the bunker four times on the back nine at Firestone for a 4-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain.
It helped that Furyk opened with a 63 on Thursday afternoon, allowing him to turn around Friday morning and try to resume his good play. That's what he did, starting with a tricky birdie putt on the second hole and following his lone bogey with a 20-foot birdie on the ninth.
He was at 11-under 129, two shots clear of Cabrera-Bello, who had a 65. Louis Oosthuizen used his putter from just off the ninth green to finish with a birdie and a 65, leaving him three shots behind going into the weekend of this World Golf Championship. Jason Dufner had a 66 in the afternoon and was four shots behind.
Woods, a seven-time winner at Firestone, can't seem to get anything going.
He threw away three shots on the back nine Thursday, the last one a three-putt on the 18th hole for a 70. He started his second round by driving into a bunker and making a bogey on the 10th hole, and it never got much better. For the second straight day, he had to lay up with his third shot on the par-5 16th. And the low point of his putting woes came on No. 7, when he stuffed his tee shot inside 5 feet and three-putted for bogey.
Woods had a 72 and was at 2-over 142, leaving him 13 shots behind on the course where he had never finished worse than fifth the first 11 times he played. It was his highest 36-hole score to par since his 3-over 145 start at the Masters.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Alexandre Rocha had seven birdies and an eagle to take the second-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open.
The 34-year-old Brazilian had 24 points in the modified Stableford scoring system that gives players eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
Winless on the PGA Tour, Rocha opened birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle on Nos. 10-14 and overcame three bogeys.
J.J. Henry had his second eagle of the tourney, and John Mallinger had six birdies to move into a tie for second at 22.
First-round leader Andres Romero of Argentina and Arjun Atwal of India had 21 points, and 2010 Reno-Tahoe winner Matt Bettencourt followed with 20. John Daly was seventh with 19. He birdied six of his last 10 holes.
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Sixty-five-year-old Gil Morgan shot his age for a share of the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship.
Chien Soon Lu, Steve Pate and Peter Senior also shot 7-under 65 at the TPC Twin Cities.
Joel Edwards, Tom Jenkins and Mark McNulty were a stroke back. Past event champions David Frost, Bernhard Langer and D.A. Weibring were at 67 along with Joe Daley, Jeff Hart and Willie Wood.
On an ideal sunny day with a slight breeze, Morgan had seven birdies in his bogey-free round. He won the last of his 25 Champions Tour titles in 2007 at Pebble Beach.
Tom Lehman, the former University of Minnesota player who teamed with Arnold Palmer to design the TPC Twin Cities, had a 68. Lehman grew up in Alexandria, Minn.
Defending champion Jay Haas opened with a 71.
JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn successfully defended her title in the Junior PGA Championship, and Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., won the boys' division.
The 16-year-old Jutanugarn, a 10-stroke winner last year, birdied the last four holes at Sycamore Hills for a 5-under 67 and 14-under 274 total, three strokes better than 15-year-old Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla.
Wagner finished with a 70.
The 16-year-old Shelton closed with a 70 to finish at 13 under. He had a course-record 64 on Thursday.
Cameron Champ of Sacramento, Calif., shot a 72 to finish second, three strokes back.
The top two players in each division earned spots on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team.