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Bogey-free round yields new leader

Caroline Masson follows her putt on No. 16. She finishes the second round with seven birdies for 7-under 65.

Associated Press

Caroline Masson follows her putt on No. 16. She finishes the second round with seven birdies for 7-under 65.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Germany's Caroline Masson shot 7-under 65 Friday to take a surprising one-stroke lead after the second round of the Women's British Open.

Playing in the last group of the day, Masson, 22, had seven birdies without bogey on the Carnoustie Golf Links to move to 11-under 133, one stroke ahead of Inbee Park and Meena Lee.

Masson, competing in only her second season on the European Tour, had four birdies in a front-nine 32.

"I've just had two great days out there, and I'm very happy to be playing so well," Masson said. "I've played really solid, hit the fairways, hit the greens and made some putts. It's been awesome."

Park had nine birdies and a bogey in 64, while Lee, who started the second round of the major with a two-stroke lead, closed with two birdies in 69.

"It was a very solid day," Park said. "I putted pretty good out there and hit it really good, so I'm looking forward to the next two days."

Three players were at 8 under: Dewi-Claire Schreefel, who shot 66, Se Ri Pak, the 2001 champion who shot 64 and Na Yeon Choi, who shot 67.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome was the highest-placed American at 6-under 138 but was disappointed with her 71. "I just couldn't get anything going (Friday). I had 32 putts out there, which means I wasn't hitting my second shots close enough, or I just wasn't making anything," she said. "But I'm happy with where I am going into the weekend."

Paula Creamer is in a group at 5 under.

PGA: Brendon de Jonge rode a wave of Hokie fever to a share of the second-round lead at the Greenbrier Classic.

De Jonge shot 3-under 67 and was tied with Webb Simpson at 7-under 133 midway through the tournament in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Among those failing to advance to weekend play were Phil Mickelson, whose streak of making 17 straight cuts ended, and defending champion Stuart Appleby. Both finished 3 over, missing the cut by two.

With shouts of encouragement all around him, de Jonge, a former Virginia Tech golfer, is flourishing for the second straight year at the Greenbrier resort, less than two hours from his college stomping grounds.

"It's a little bit of adrenaline," de Jonge said. "Keeps you going. It's always a little pick-me-up if you're struggling a little bit. It's fun. It's nice to hear 'Go Hokies' on every tee."

De Jonge has played the Old White TPC course many times, and he finished third in last year's inaugural tournament at 17 under. It was one of three third-place finishes in 2010 that helped him earn a career-best $2.2 million.

First-round leader Trevor Immelman made just two birdies, shot 70 and was 6 under.

Champions: Olin Browne followed a record-tying 7-under 64 with a solid 69, to take a one-shot lead at 9-under 133 over a talent-laden leaderboard in the rain-delayed U.S. Senior Open in Toledo, Ohio. Mark O'Meara (68) was one shot back. A 2-hour, 45-minute rain delay in the morning prevented the last seven threesomes from finishing the second round.

Woods commits to year's final major: Tiger Woods has formally entered the PGA Championship, the last major of the year, to be played Aug. 11-14 at Atlanta Athletic Club. Woods has been out for nearly three months recovering from injuries to his left leg. He will return next week in the World Golf Champion­ship event at Firestone.

British Open winner clarke misses cut: Darren Clarke failed to make the cut at the Irish Open in Killarney, Ireland, two weeks after he won the British Open for his first major title.

Bogey-free round yields new leader 07/29/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 10:03pm]
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