Pak shoots 66, leads LPGA event by a stroke |

Pak shoots 66, leads LPGA event by a stroke

The Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – Se Ri Pak shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lincicome and Wendy Ward in the Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

Pak, who opened on the 10th tee, had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her final nine holes to top the second-round leaderboard at 9 under on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.

Pak won events on the course in 2001 and 2002.

Many of the players wore purple ribbons and wristbands with “EB” and a heart honoring Erica Blasberg, a 25-year-old tour player who was found dead in suburban Las Vegas on Sunday. The flag was at half-staff. Police have not said if they suspect foul play and the coroner said a ruling on a cause of death was pending blood and tissue tests that could take four to six weeks to complete.

Ward had the low round with a 65, six strokes better than her opener. Lincicome got off to a fast start with birdies on six of her opening seven holes, but had a finishing bogey for a 66. First-round leader Azahara Munoz (73) was 6 under along with Suzann Pettersen (70), Haeji Kang (69) and Sun Young Yoo (70).

Jiyai Shin, who took over the world No. 1 for the retired Lorena Ochoa, was five strokes behind Pak after her second straight 70. Japanese star Ai Miyazato, coming off her third win in the first five events of the season, was another shot back after a 71.

Michelle Wie made the cut by a stroke, following her opening 72 with a 73.

Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Rain washed out play in the Texas Open and PGA Tour officials said more bad weather this weekend could push the tournament into Monday.

More than three inches of rain soaked the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, where leader Matt Jones and the rest of the field never got on the course. They’ll try again Saturday, when Jones will start with a one-stroke lead over Paul Stankowski.

Jones opened with a 6-under 66 on Thursday.

Tournament officials delayed play for more than seven hours Friday before a late storm cell finally forced them to give up.

Regions Charity Classic

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – Joey Sindelar, Bobby Clampett, Russ Cochran and Peter Senior shot 7-under 65s on Friday in the Regions Charity Classic to share the lead after the record-setting opening round.

The 77 players in the field had a scoring average of 69.519 on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Ross Bridge course, breaking the tournament record of 70.397 set in 2002 when the Champions Tour event was played at Greystone.

Ken Green, playing his first stroke-play event since having the lower part of his right leg amputated following an auto accident in June, shot a 74. He had four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey while walking the 7,396-yard course.

R.W. Eaks, David Frost and David Peoples opened with 66s, and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson, Corey Pavin and David Eger, coming off a victory May 2 in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, topped a group at 67.

Mallorca Open

SON SERVERA, Balearic Islands (AP) – Sweden’s Pelle Edberg shot a 6-under 64 in stormy conditions for a share of the second-round lead in the Mallorca Open.

Edberg had seven birdies and a bogey in the round that was disrupted by lightning to join James Kingston (70) at 5-under 135 on the Pula Golf Club course.