Two tied for lead at Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – The temperature climbed, the wind calmed, and PGA National unexpectedly lost a great deal of its bite.
Welcome to the kinder, gentler Honda Classic.
Anthony Kim was one of four players to match the best Honda round on the Champion course with a 6-under 64, Camilo Villegas had a 66 for the second straight day, and they were tied at 8-under 132 atop the leaderboard after the second round.
Vijay Singh (66) was a stroke back at 7 under, Jerry Kelly (65) was 6 under, and Mike Weir (64), Matt Every (66), Graeme McDowell (67), Chez Reavie (65) and Nathan Green (70) were 5 under.
McDowell was a shot off the lead when he got to the 18th. He sent his tee shot way right, the ball coming to rest in a few inches of water. On his backswing, he caused the water to move a tiny bit, and wound up getting penalized two strokes after a lengthy post-round review.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Bob Tway, Chein Soon Lu and Mark Wiebe shot 6-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the Toshiba Classic, leaving Champions Tour newcomer Fred Couples a stroke back at Newport Beach Country Club.
Olin Browne, Lonnie Nielsen and Mike Goodes matched Couples at 66, and defending champion Eduardo Romero was another stroke back along with Tom Lehman, Loren Roberts, Wayne Levi, Ronnie Black, D.A. Weibring, Bobby Wadkins and Gary Hallberg.
Couples is making his third Champions Tour start. He won the ACE Group Classic on Feb. 14 in Naples, Fla., and finished second behind Tom Watson in the season-opening event in Hawaii. Couples tied for 14th last week in the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open.
ANZ Ladies Masters
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) – American Amanda Blumenherst shot a 3-under 69 for a share of the second-round lead with South Korea’s Lim Ji-na in the ANZ Ladies Masters.
Lim shot a 66 to match Blumenherst at 9-under 135 at Royal Pines.
Six-time champion Karrie Webb (69) and defending champion Katherine Hull (70) were two strokes back along with Ryu So-yeon (67), Seo Hee-kyung (68) and Tamie Durdin (68).
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat topped the leaderboard at 9 under with four holes left in his second round in the rain-delayed Malaysian Open. Spain’s Alejandro Canizares (69) followed at 8 under.