Australia’s Sarah Kemp seized a share of the lead at 11-under 131 after the second round of the US$1.4 million LPGA Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
Kemp shot an eight-under 63 on Friday to share the lead with American Laura Diaz who had a 67.
American Morgan Pressel was in third place after a three-under 68. She shared the first round lead with South Korea’s Kim Song-hee and Diaz.
Kim, of Sydney, shot a 71 on Friday and was one of nine South Koreans in the top 20, but four strokes adrift of Kemp.
Taiwan’s Yani Tseng was in a group at 136 after shooting a 68, Candie Kung was at 140 after a one-over 72 and Amy Hung was on par at 142 after her second 71.
AFP, BETHESDA, MARYLAND
World No. 1 Tiger Woods leaped into the lead after two rounds of the PGA National with a four-under par 66 on Friday, but was far from happy with the way he landed atop the leaderboard.
Woods, who doubles as tournament host this week at Congressional Country Club, stood on 10-under 130 after 36 holes in the US$6 million event, one stroke ahead of Australian Rod Pampling, with American Anthony Kim two adrift.
Defending champ Kim, the first-round leader after a course-record and career-low 62, struggled to a 70 to stand third, one stroke ahead of US veteran Jim Furyk.
Pampling, first on the course, fired his low round of the year, 64, to jump into contention but knows his task of outdueling Woods will be a tough one.
“I don’t think you can go through the history books and find a guy who has been as consistent as Tiger. It’s just amazing,” Pampling said.
“We’re fortunate to be playing in the same era where we can watch Tiger.” he said.
REUTERS, ST QUENTIN, FRANCE
Padraig Harrington’s abysmal run of form continued when he missed the cut at the French Open on Friday, trailing 15 shots behind second-round leader Rafa Echenique of Argentina.
Echenique, runner-up at last week’s BMW International Open, carded a four-under 67 for a 10-under total of 132.
Germany’s Martin Kaymer (72), South African Charl Schwartzel (66) and Britain’s Steve Webster (65) shared second spot on 134, but Harrington missed his fifth successive cut after limping to a 75 for 147, five over.
Shane Lowry shot 72 for a total of 141.
US Masters champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina (70) missed the cut on 145.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
‘GREAT COMPETITOR’: Former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza was tested by American teenager Coco Gauff, before the Spaniard advanced in three sets Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Thursday cruised into the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia by handing their Japanese opponents a rare “double bagel,” a feat matched by US Open losing finalist Victoria Azarenka in the women’s singles. Top seeds Hsieh and Strycova took just 49 minutes to see off the challenge of Japanese duo Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya 6-0, 6-0 on the clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome. The Taiwanese-Czech duo saved both break points they faced and converted six of 14, winning 62 percent of their first