Golf roundup: McCarron, Byrum share lead at Dominion Charity
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Scott McCarron and Tom Byrum shared the Dominion Charity Classic lead Saturday, with Bernhard Langer two strokes back in the second of three PGA Tour Champions playoff events.
McCarron shot his second straight 5-under 67, and Byrum had a 69 to reach 10-under 134 on The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course. Langer also had a 69 in his return for a left knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the playoff opener last week in California.
McCarron birdied the par-5 16th and 18th for the second day in a row, holing a 12-footer on 18. Byrum closed birdie-bogey-birdie, making a 20-footer on 18 to tie McCarron.
Langer is fighting the knee injury that he re-aggravated at home doing routine spinning. The 59-year-old German star leads the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standings, had a tour-high our victories and has wrapped up the season money title with $2,697,459.
The playoff field was cut from 72 to 54 for the event, and Tom Lehman dropped out because of an elbow injury. The top 36 after the week will qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in Scottsdale, Arizona.
TOTO JAPAN CLASSIC
IBARAKI, Japan (AP) — Shanshan Feng shot an 8-under 64 to take the TOTO Japan Classic lead, putting the Chinese star in position to close the Asian swing with consecutive victories.
Feng birdied the final two holes for a one-stroke advantage over Ariya Jutanugarn, the Thai player who leads the LPGA Tour with five victories and would wrap up the player of the year award with a victory.
Jutanugarn had a 68 on another chilly day at Taiheiyo Club in the tour’s first tournament in the Tokyo area since 1991. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (66) and South Korea’s Soo-Yun Kang (69) were 9 under.
Feng won last week in steamy conditions in Malaysia. She has finished no worse than a tie for fourth in her last six events.
TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen shot a 3-under 69 to extend his lead to seven strokes in the Turkish Airlines Open.
Olesen had an 18-under 195 total at Regnum Carya.
American David Lipsky (66) was tied for second with Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger (66), China’s Li Haotong (68), Italy’s Matteo Manassero (68) and England’s David Horsey (68).