Golf roundup: Cantlay’s ace moves to second at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Patrick Cantlay didn’t manage a hole-in-one through more than three dozen PGA Tour starts before this season. Now he has two.

Cantlay’s ace Saturday at the Memorial helped him to a 6-under 66 and left him in a great spot heading into the final day, one shot behind leader Bryson DeChambeau.

He used a 7-iron on the 185-yard, par-3 eighth. The ball landed just short of the pin and plopped in on the second bounce.

“It was perfect,” he said.

The 26-year-old former UCLA star got his first ace at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, on the 11th hole at Monterey Peninsula.

Cantlay added an eagle on the 15th Saturday to go along with four birdies.

“I really like the place, I like fast greens, and I like the premium the golf course sets for hitting the ball in the fairway,” he said.

He got his first career win in Las Vegas last November.

“After winning the first time, it’s kind of like breaking the seal, and now I feel I can go out and get it a bunch,” he said. “Get a bunch of wins. I feel like when I get in contention that I know I can seal the deal and play well under pressure and that’s what this game’s all about.”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Sarah Jane Smith has a three-shot lead entering the third round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

The Australian shot a 5-under 67 Friday, finishing her second round before more thunderstorms soaked an already wet Shoal Creek course. Half the field completed the second round Saturday morning.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn is second after a 70. South Korean-born Su-Hyun Oh, who moved to Australia at 8, shot a 68 and is third. She’s four shots behind Smith, who is at 10-under 134 for the tournament.

Michelle Wie is among eight players tied for fourth, seven shots off the lead. Wie had a 72 in the second round after a 69 Thursday. The third round begins with groups of three, starting on the first and 10th tees.

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