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Friday's Golf Capsules

Friday's Golf Capsules

June 23rd, 2012 in News

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson shot a 4-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the suspended second round of the Travelers Championship.

The Swede had a 9-under 131 total. He's trying to join Phil Mickelson, the 2001 and 2002 winner, as the only players to successfully defend a title at River Highlands.

Charley Hoffman opened with a par and birdied the next five holes to move within a stroke of the lead before rain suspended play for the day. Nathan Green also was 8 under when the horn blew at 3:19 p.m. He finished nine holes. It was the second weather delay of the day. The first lasted 70 minutes.

Jacobson played before the rain hit the course. He started on the back nine and followed up two birdies with an eagle on the 13th hole. He hit his second shot 240 yards over the water and onto the green, and made a 40-foot putt on the par 5. He also was 9 under after 36 holes last year en route to his first PGA Tour victory.

Blake Adams had a 64, the best round of the day, to join Stuart Appleby and Roland Thatcher at 7 under. Appleby had a 65, and Thatcher shot a 67.

The threesome of U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, Masters champ Bubba Watson and reigning PGA champion Keegan Bradley were a combined 2 under Friday, after shooting a combined 10 under in the first round. Simpson was 5 under overall after a 69, Bradley 4 under after his second straight 68, and Watson 3 under after a 71.


WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) - South Korea's Inbee Park birdied her final two holes for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

The 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion had a 9-under 133 total at Grey Silo. She holed a 50-foot putt on the ninth hole for the last of her eight birdies, had one bogey and only 22 putts.

Seven players were unable to complete play Friday because of darkness. Rain Thursday forced the suspension of first-round play until Friday morning, delaying the start of the second round.

China's Shanshan Feng, coming off a major victory two weeks ago in the LPGA Championship, was a stroke back along with Brittany Lang and South Korea's Hee Kyung Seo. Feng and Seo shot 68, and Lang had a 65.

Second-ranked Stacy Lewis, a two-time winner this season, was 6 under after a 64.

Michelle Wie, trying to break out of a season-long slump, shot her second straight 70, breaking par for only the third time in 19 rounds this year. She also made her first cut of the season.


SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec (AP) - Russ Cochran shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship.

The 53-year-old left-hander, a three-time winner on the 50-and-over tour, had seven birdies and one bogey on Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club's Vercheres Course.

Michael Allen, the tour leader with two victories and earnings of $1,071,282, was tied for second with Jerry Pate, Rod Spittle and 2010 champion Larry Mize.

John Cook, the winner last year at Fontainebleu, opened with a 71.


PULHEIM, Germany (AP) - Joel Sjoholm chipped in twice for eagle and shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the BMW International Open.

The Chilean-born Swede had an 11-under 133 total at Gut Larchenhof. England's Chris Wood (70) and Danny Willett (70) were tied for second with Ireland's Paul McGinley (70) and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (71).

Americans Rich Beem (70) and John Daly (73) were 3 under.

German star Martin Kaymer missed the cut with rounds of 71 and 73.


NESHANIC STATION, N.J. (AP) - Ashlan Ramsey and Kyung Kim advanced to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, each winning two matches at Neshanic Valley.

The 16-year-old Ramsey, from Milledgeville, Ga., beat Grace Na of Alameda, Calif., 3 and 1 in the morning quarterfinals, and edged Kim Kaufman of Clark, S.D., 1 up in the semifinals.

The 18-year-old Kim, from Chandler, Ariz., topped Lakareber Abe of Angleton, Texas, 1 up in the quarterfinals, and edged Alice Jeong of Gardena, Calif., 3 and 2 in the semifinals.

The tournament is limited to players who don't hold privileges at any course that doesn't extend playing privileges to the general public.