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Kuchar hangs tough, shares BMW lead with Wi

The Associated Press

LEMONT, Ill. – Matt Kuchar was feeling terrible and playing even worse. He managed to keep it together Friday in the BMW Championship to tie for the lead with Charlie Wi.

Kuchar made four bogeys through eight holes as he battled an infection that made it difficult to stand up. He rallied with four birdies on the back nine for a 1-over 72 and goes into the weekend atop the leaderboard.

Wi wrote a reminder to himself to stay patient, and it paid off in a round of 69.

They were at 6-under 136, one shot ahead of Marc Leishman, a runner-up at Cog Hill last year, whose 65 was the best score of the day.

Tiger Woods made another double bogey and shot 72, leaving him nine shots behind in a tie for 40th. He needs to finish around fifth to qualify for the FedEx Cup finale at the Tour Championship.

Pressel’s 66 tops NW Arkansas Championship

ROGERS, Ark. – Morgan Pressel shot a 5-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the NW Arkansas Championship.

Yani Tseng, Gloria Park and Na Yeon Choi opened with 67s. Michelle Wie, coming off a victory in the Canadian Women’s Open, was another stroke back along with Suzann Pettersen, Janice Moodie, Danielle Downey and Jee Young Lee.

Pressel finished with birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 on the Pinnacle Country Club course. She’s winless since the 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic and also won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Trio shares Songdo Championship lead

INCHEON, South Korea – Fred Funk, Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake shot 3-under 69s to share the first-round lead in the Songdo Championship, the Champions Tour’s first tournament in Asia.

John Cook and Sandy Lyle were a stroke back, and Bernhard Langer, a five time winner this year, opened with a 73. The start of play was delayed for 1 hour, 39 minutes after the course was hit with more than 2 inches of rain.


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