Woods falters; Day takes lead in The Barclays
PARAMUS, N.J. – Jason Day had three late birdies in a 4-under 67 on Friday and he held a one-stroke lead after two rounds in The Barclays.
Nine players had at least a share of the lead at some point during the second round until Day’s late surge. He was at 8-under 134, one shot clear of Kevin Streelman (63) and Vaughn Taylor (70) going into the weekend of the FedEx Cup’s first playoff event.
Tiger Woods missed a 20-inch par putt on the fifth hole and wound up with a 73, eight shots worse than his opening round.
The good news for the world’s No. 1 player – he will stay atop the world ranking for at least another week after Phil Mickelson missed the cut.
Streelman ran off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch at the Ridgeway Country Club course.
Stewart Cink raised his Ryder Cup hopes with a 69 that put him in a group at 6-under 136 with Martin Laird (67) and John Senden (69).
LPGA Canadian Open
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Michelle Wie shot a 3-under 69 to stay atop the leaderboard halfway through the Canadian Women’s Open.
She posted a two-round total of 10-under 134, three strokes ahead of Jiyai Shin of South Korea, who had a second-round 67.
Morgan Pressel had a 66 at the St. Charles Country Club to move into a tie at 138 with defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway.
Sarah Jane Smith of Australia also had a 66 and was in a group at 3 under in the tournament with a $2.25 million purse.
Shin is ranked No. 4 on the World Rolex Rankings and has nine top-10 finishes this season.
The field dropped to 154 players after Shi Hyn Ahn and Il Mi Chung of South Korea were disqualified late Thursday for mistakenly playing each other’s balls on the 18th green.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland – Gary Boyd and David Lynn of England and Julien Guerrier of France were tied for the lead at the Johnnie Walker Championship at 9 under.
Guerrier shot a 5-under 67, while Boyd and Lynn had 68s. Marc Warren of Scotland (70), Mark Foster of England (67) and George Coetzee of South Africa (68) were two shots back.
Simon Dyson of England shot a 70 to grab a share of seventh place at 6 under. He is four places outside of qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team and needs to capture the Johnnie Walker to ensure automatic selection for the event at Celtic Manor.
Also at 6 under were Paul McGinley of Ireland (70), Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain (68) and Edoardo Molinari of Italy (68).
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. – Nick Price birdied the first four holes and five of the last seven to match the lowest score in tournament history and take the lead with a 9-under 63 in the first round of the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic.
Price rolled in birdies from 20 and 25 feet on the 6th and 13th, respectively, then capped the round with a 40-footer on the 17th.
Tom Pernice Jr. was two shots back after a 64, and Hal Sutton and Bernhard Langer were tied for third after shooting 66s.
Hometown favorite Fred Couples shot a 68.
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