Friday's Golf Capsules
Saturday, February 11, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — On a day when sunshine gave way to a light rain, two things stayed the same Friday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Charlie Wi was still atop the leaderboard, and Tiger Woods didn’t hole enough putts to make up ground.
Wi escaped most of the rain at Pebble Beach, where he holed a wedge from the 13th fairway for eagle and limited the damage to a bogey on his final hole for a 3-under 69 that allowed him to open a three-shot lead.
Dustin Johnson was caught off guard by the rain in the worst way. He stood in the fourth fairway at Spyglass with a short-sleeve shirt, hands thrust in his pocket, as his caddie sent a friend running up the hill to the parking lot to retrieve his rain gear. His short game let him down, and the two-time Pebble champion had to settle for a 72 that put him three back.
Padraig Harrington had a 66 at Pebble Beach and was among those tied for third. Harrington had five birdies in a six-hole stretch early in his round, the exception coming at the par-5 sixth.
Woods, meanwhile, again looked poised to make a move over at Monterey Peninsula. He missed a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 9 and failed to make birdie on the par-5 10th when he pulled his second shot into the gallery. He had to settle for a 2-under 68, leaving him six behind.
Along the way, he stung his wrist hitting out of a divot and said he had to pop it back into the joint.
The bigger deal was putting. Woods took 33 putts on the Shore Course.
Phil Mickelson struggled in sunshine. In rain, he ran off five birdies for a 65 at Monterey Peninsula that put him five shots behind.
Wi was at 12-under 130 and now heads to Spyglass Hill, which has played slightly tougher than the other two courses. In these shifting conditions, Spyglass played about two shots harder than it did Thursday, while Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula were about one shot more difficult than the day before.
WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S. Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot a 4-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean player Hee Kyung Seo in the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Women’s Australian Open.
Ryu, a playoff winner over Hee in July at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., had a 6-under 140 total on Royal Melbourne’s Composite Course, the 2011 Presidents Cup venue that is hosting a women’s professional event for the first time. Seo shot a 66, the best score in the first two days of the tournament also sanctioned by Australian Ladies Professional Golf and the Ladies European Tour.
American Stacy Lewis, the Kraft Nabisco winner, birdied Nos. 12 and 13 to take the lead at 7 under, but followed with a triple-bogey 7 on No. 14 and bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16. She eagled the par-5 17th and closed with a par for a 73 to finish at 4 under.
American Jessica Korda, England’s Melissa Reid and Paraguay’s Julieta Granada also were 4 under. Korda had a 70. Her father, Petr Korda, won the 1998 Australian Open tennis title. Reid shot a 71, and Granada had a 72.
Two-time defending champion Yani Tseng was even par after a 76. She had a quadruple-bogey 8 on the seventh hole and bogeyed the next two holes.
DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn shot 7-under 65 to share the second-round lead in the Dubai Desert Classic.
McIlroy, the 2009 winner, made seven birdies, including a 25-yard chip-in on No. 8, to match Bjorn at 13-under 131. Bjorn won the tournament in 2001.
First-round leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello was a stroke back after a 69.
Fourth-ranked Martin Kaymer had a hole-in-one on 16 and shot a 67 to join Gregory Bourdy (67) and Scott Jamieson (68) at 11 under. Third-ranked Lee Westwood was 10 under after a 65.
Fred Couples and John Daly made the cut by a stroke at 1 under. Couples had a 73, and Daly a 72.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Corey Pavin shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take a two-shot lead over Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer and Peter Senior after the first round of the Allianz Championship.
Pavin, winless in 34 career starts in the Champions Tour, had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch to shoot a back-nine 29 at Broken Sound Golf Club. He won 15 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, and set the nine-hole scoring record of 8-under 26 in the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship.
Funk made his first start on the 50-and-over tour since July. He had a pair of thumb operations, eventually having a tendon in his left thumb fused last November.
Mark Calcavecchia, riding a streak of 11 top-10 finishes, was a stroke back along with Chip Beck, Mark Brooks and John Huston. Joey Sindelar was at 68 along with Jay Haas, Bill Glasson, David Frost, Brad Faxon and Mike Goodes. Defending champion Tom Lehman opened with a 71.