Friday's Golf Capsules
Saturday, March 17, 2012
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Jason Dufner and Padraig Harrington felt cautious at times for different reasons Friday in the Transitions Championship. They also had a far different outcome.
Harrington was 12 shots worse than his course-record 61 in the opening round.
Dufner, trying to play more conservatively when he doesn't feel confident about attacking, made it through another round at Innisbrook without a bogey and posted a second straight 5-under 66 to take a two-shot lead into the weekend.
"Pretty stress-free round," Dufner said.
Harrington didn't feel as though he hit the ball much worse in a round of 73. He realized it would be difficult to back up his record score on the Copperhead course with another low score, and it crept into his putting, especially on the back nine.
"I'm happy with my game, but when you shoot a good score, it's hard to match the next day," Harrington said. "When you're leading the tournament, it's hard not to be a little bit cautious, and I think at times I was on the greens."
William McGirt had a 68 and joined Harrington at 8-under 134.
Luke Donald, who can return to No. 1 in the world with a win, had a 68 and was in the large group at 7-under 135 that included Puerto Rico winner George McNeill.
LPGA FOUNDERS CUP
PHOENIX (AP) — Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke over five players after the second round of the LPGA Founders Cup.
A day after playing a seven-hole stretch on the back nine in 7 under, the Taiwanese star opened with nine pars on the same nine. She had three birdies and a bogey on her final nine to reach 9-under 135 on another perfect 80-degree day at Wildfire Golf Club.
Second-ranked Na Yeon Choi was second along with fellow South Korean players I.K. Kim and Meena Lee and Japan's Ai Miyazato and Mika Miyazato. Kim had a 66, Lee and Mika Miyazato shot 67, Ai Miyazato had a 68, and Choi shot a 69.
Tseng successfully defended her LPGA Thailand title in February for her 13th LPGA Tour victory. She led the tour last season with seven victories — including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open — and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Bobby Clampett and Olin Browne in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic.
Langer, the 2008 winner, holed an 8-iron from 143 yards for an eagle on the par-4 sixth hole in his bogey-free round at Newport Beach Country Club.
Clampett birdied three of the last four holes and finished with eight birdies and two bogeys. He holed a 30-foot birdie chip in the sixth hole. Browne also birdied the par-5 18th, and had just 27 putts.
Loren Roberts, Tom Kite, Steve Pate, Bill Glasson and David Eger were a stroke back.
Fred Couples, the 2010 winner, had a 67.
Defending champion Nick Price shot a 70. He opened with a career-best 60 last year.
MARBELLA, Spain (AP) — Eduardo De La Riva, a Spaniard ranked 610th in the world, shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds in the Andalucia Open.
De La Riva, who has made nine unsuccessful trips to European Tour qualifying school, was at 8-under 136 on the Aloha course. He qualified for the event though the Spanish regional money list.
Tournament host Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 68 to join Spain's Pablo Larrazabal (69), Italy's Matteo Manassero (73), Ireland's Damien McGrane and England's Tommy Fleetwood (69) at 7 under.
Canadian Mike Weir was 3 under after a 73.