Thursday's Golf Capsules
Friday, August 10, 2012
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The breakthrough moment Thursday wasn't just the sun shining over Kiawah Island. It was Carl Pettersson breaking 70 for the first time in 21 tries at the PGA Championship to take the lead, Rory McIlroy flashing that boyish smile and bashing tee shots.
And yes, even John Daly showing there might be another cycle left in that up-and-down career.
Pettersson, a winner earlier this year in South Carolina down the coast at Hilton Head, got the best of the weather on a steamy day on the Ocean Course and didn't waste the opportunity. He made three birdies in four holes, never dropped a shot and wound up with a 6-under 66 for a one-shot lead.
McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain and Alex Noren of Sweden each had 67.
It was a good day for Tiger Woods, nothing more.
Despite having to get up-and-down for bogey on three holes, he made enough birdie putts for a 69, a reasonable start as he tries to end the longest drought of his career in the majors. This is his 14th major since he won his last one in 2008, and the last one of an otherwise good season.
Daly made an eagle on the par-5 11th hole and was in the group at 68 that included former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy and defending PGA champion Keegan Bradley, who had a birdie-eagle start before he settled into his round. Adam Scott, in his first major since throwing away the British Open with four bogeys on his last four holes, quickly got back into the mix with a 68.
Phil Mickelson, holding down the eighth and final spot in the Ryder Cup standings, was all over Kiawah Island and did a remarkable job scrambling to salvage a 71.
JAMIE FARR TOLEDO CLASSIC
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Pernilla Lindberg holed birdie putts of 40 and 50 feet and added three 25-footers in a round of 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead after the rainy opening round of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
The 26-year-old Swede, a former Oklahoma State player, hasn't finished in the top 10 of an LPGA event in her three years and 36 starts as a pro. She has missed the cut in six of her 10 starts this season.
But she drained a 50-foot putt for birdie at No. 5, made a 40-footer for a 2 on the par-3 14th and made 25-footers at Nos. 4, 12 and 18.
Angela Stanford was two strokes back along with Japan's Mika Miyazato, South Korea's Chella Choi, LSU grad Meredith Duncan, Thailand's Numa Gulyanamitta and France's Karine Icher.
U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR
CLEVELAND (AP) — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn won two matches Thursday in the U.S. Women's Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at The Country Club.
The 16-year-old Jutanugarn, coming off a successful title defense last week in the Junior PGA Championship, routed Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., 6 and 4 in the morning, and edged Australia's Ashlee Dewhurst 3 and 2 in the afternoon in the round of 16.
Jutanugarn will face Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., in the quarterfinals. Lee, one of two U.S. players in the final eight, beat Austin Ernst of Seneca, S.C., 2 and 1 in the round of 16.
In the other lower-bracket quarterfinal, New Zealand's Lydia Ko will play South Africa's Paula Reto. The 15-year-old Ko is the top-ranked amateur in the world.
In the upper-bracket quarterfinals, Canada's Nicole Zhang will face Australia's Su-Hyun Oh, and Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Fla., will play Mexico's Marijosse Navarro.