Friday's Golf Capsules
Tournaments played July 26, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Hunter Mahan birdied the final three holes Friday for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Open.
Coming off a ninth-place tie last week in the British Open, the five-time PGA Tour winner had eight birdies in his bogey-free round at Glen Abbey to reach 13-under 131.
John Merrick was second after a 62. He tied the course record set by Leonard Thompson in 1981 and matched by Andy Bean in 1983 — both when Glen Abbey played to a par of 71 — and Greg Norman in 1986. Merrick had an eagle and 10 birdies, playing the back nine in 6-under 31.
Bubba Watson was 9 under after a 67. Aaron Baddeley and Patrick Reed shot 68 to reach 8 under, and Tommy Gainey (64), Chris Kirk (69) and James Hahn (68) followed at 7 under.
Mike Weir was the top Canadian, following his opening 73 with a 67 to move into a tie for 26th at 4 under.
SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — American Mark Wiebe shot at 5-under 65 at Royal Birkdale for a share of the lead with Germany’s Bernhard Langer after the second round of the Senior British Open.
Langer, the 2010 champion at Carnoustie, had a 67 to match Wiebe at 5-under 135.
South Africa’s David Frost was a stroke back after a 68. First-round leader Gene Sauers had a 70 join Peter Fowler (69) and Mark McNulty (67) at 3 under.
U.S. GIRLS’ JUNIOR
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Lakareber Abe moved into position to become the first black female player to win a U.S. Golf Association individual championship, winning two matches to advance to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
The 17-year-old Abe, from Angleton, Texas, beat Kathleen Scavo of Benicia, Calif., 4 and 3 in the morning quarterfinals, and topped Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., 1 up in the afternoon semifinals. Abe will be a senior in high school and is set to play at Alabama.
Abe will face Gabriella Then in the final. Then, the 17-year-old Upland, Calif., player who will be a freshman at Southern California, beat Yueer Feng of Orlando, Fla., 1 up in the semifinals, and edged Megan Khang of Rockland, Mass., 2 and 1 in the semifinals.
Abe also is trying to become the fourth black player to win a USGA individual title, following Bill Wright, Alton Duhon and Tiger Woods.
U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler and Davis Riley won quarterfinal and semifinal matches at Martis Camp Club to advance to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Junior Amateur.
The 17-year-old Scheffler, from Dallas, won three matches Friday, finishing off Justin Suh of San Jose, Calif., in 19 holes in the suspended third round, then beating P.J. Samiere of Kailua, Hawaii, 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals, and Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill., 6 and 4 in the semifinals.
The 16-year-old Riley, from Hattiesburg, Miss., topped Dou Zecheng of China 4 and 2 in the quarterfinals, and beat John Augenstein of Owensboro, Ky., 4 and 3, in the semifinals.
MOSCOW (AP) — Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead in the Russian Open.
Karlberg was 9 under overall at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club. France’s Alexandre Kaleka, Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey, England’s Matthew Baldwin and China’s Liang Wen-chong were tied for second. Kaleka and Hoey shot 67, Baldwin had a 69, and Liang a 70.
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