Friday's Golf Capsules
Tournaments played Sept. 20, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) — Playing with only 13 clubs in the bag after his 4-wood broke on the practice range, Henrik Stenson made three birdies on the opening four holes Friday at East Lake to quickly seize control and shot 4-under 66 to build a four-shot lead over Adam Scott in the Tour Championship.
Stenson was at 10-under 130 going into the third round and might be playing a course far less firm. The forecast is for rain most of the day, and the starting times have been moved up to Saturday morning with hopes of getting it in.
Tiger Woods is not in position to halt the hottest player in golf. Woods was headed toward the best round of the day, 5-under through 13 holes, when he made double bogey on the 14th, had a triple bogey on the 17th and wound up with a 71. He was 14 shots behind. It was the first time since the 2011 PGA Championship that Woods began a tournament with back-to-back rounds over par.
Scott sputtered at the start. He was one shot behind Stenson and quickly fell five shots behind with a couple of poor tee shots. The Masters champion played the last 14 holes without a bogey and wound up with a 69 that put him at 6-under 134.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Mark Wiebe had six birdies over a seven-hole stretch and shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.
Mark Calcavecchia and John Cook each had a 66 for a share of second place, while Brian Henninger sits alone in fourth after a 67 in windy conditions at Kapolei Golf Links.
Vijay Singh, a three-time major champion on the PGA Tour and a former world No. 1, is among a group tied for eighth after finishing with a 69 in his first appearance on the Champions Tour.
Defending champion Willie Wood also shot 69 but ended his bogey-free streak in the tournament at 64 holes when he made bogey on No. 13.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Francesco Molinari shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the lead after the second round of the Italian Open. Molinari tied Felipe Aguilar of Chile and Simon Thornton of Ireland at 9-under 135 at the Golf Club Torino.
A Turin native, Molinari won the event in 2006.
Molinari’s Ryder Cup teammate Nicolas Colsaerts lost his overnight lead when he bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes. He is one stroke back.
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