Pavin, Langer sharing lead at Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a second straight 2-under 69 Friday to share the second-round lead with Bernhard Langer of Germany at the Senior British Open.
Pavin and Langer (71) have 4-under totals of 138 and are one shot ahead of a quartet that includes Ian Woosnam (67) and Jay Haas (69).
Pavin was among the early starters and looked set to take a commanding lead before finishing with a double bogey 6 at the 18th after hitting his second shot out of bounds.
Langer had to deal with a biting cold wind later in the day but also got to 6 under before bogeys on two of the par-3 holes. At the short 13th, his tee shot landed in a deep pot bunker, and he then missed the green at the 16th with a 5-iron and was unable to get up and down.
Americans Dan Forsman (71) and Larry Mize (70) were also tied for second.
Tom Watson, who missed the cut in his last British Open appearance at St. Andrews last week, had no problem making sure he will be around for the weekend this time. He sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the last green for a par 71 to remain 3 over.
However, Bob Charles of New Zealand – the first left-hander to win the British Open in 1963 – bid farewell from the tournament after he shot a 78 to miss the cut.
At the age of 74 and after a career that brought him 64 tournament victories, he announced that it was his last round of competitive golf. Unfortunately for him, he signed off with a double bogey at the 18th.
STOCKHOLM – K.J. Choi shot a 5-under 67 for a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Scandinavian Masters.
Choi had six birdies and an eagle and three bogeys to reach 9-under 135, one stroke ahead of Richard Johnson of Sweden, who had a 66.
British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen was one of the overnight leaders, but he slipped to third after a round of 70, leaving him two strokes behind Choi and even with Rafa Echenique of Argentina.
Johnson had a bogey-free round in front of his home crowd put him 8 under after 36 holes.
Dustin Johnson of the United States, who was tied with Richard Green and Oosthuizen after the first round, lost ground on the leaders after a round of 73, left him 4 under.
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – Mika Miyazato of Japan shot a 5-under 67 for the second-round lead at the Evian Masters.
Michelle Wie started the day tied for sixth at 4 under, but slipped down the leaderboard at 1 over after a sluggish round (77) that included a quintuple bogey on the 10th hole.
Defending champion Ai Miyazato of Japan managed a 72 to stay 3 under overall and six shots off the lead.
Miyazato was 9 under and had a one-stroke lead over Gwladys Nocera of France. Miyazato had six birdies. Nocera had an eagle and five birdies in her round.
Jeong Jang of South Korea was at 7 under.
TORONTO – Tim Clark shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Dean Wilson in the Canadian Open in another low-scoring day at straight-hitter friendly St. George’s.
Wilson had his second straight 65 to match Clark, The Players Championship winner in May, at 10-under 130 on the hilly, tree-lined course.
Wilson closed with a 20-foot par putt on the par-4 18th after missing the fairway.
Brent Delahoussaye and Steve Wheatcroft were a stroke back. Delahoussaye had a 69 a day after matching the Canadian Open record with a 62.
Kevin Sutherland had the best round of the day, tying the tournament record with a career-best 62 to reach 5 under.