Thursday, October 18, 2018

J.J. Spaun takes second-round lead at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

LAS VEGAS ó J.J. Spaun shot 6-under 65 on Friday at breezy TPC Summerlin to take the lead in the suspended second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Spaun rebounded from bogey on the par-4 third with birdies on the par-4 fourth and par-3 fifth and closed with birdie on the par-5 ninth to get to 11-under 131.

"I think we were just real deliberate on our numbers out there," Spaun said. "Itís super swirly, windy. Ö Out here youíve got so many undulations around the greens and youíve got tight hazards next to the pins and the greens, so itís crucial to get the right number, and we did that well (Friday). That kind of set us up for having a bunch of looks out there."

Kelly Kraft was second at 8 under with three holes left when play was suspended because of darkness. He had a hole-in-one on par-3 fifth, using a 6-iron on the 174-yard hole.

Spaun is making his third start of the season after finishing 97th in the FedEx Cup standings. He missed the cut in the opener at Silverado and tied for 34th last week in Mississippi. "Iím putting well, Iím hitting it well, Iím just trying to play simple golf," he said.

Robert Garrigus was four strokes back at 7 under after 65.

"I really didnít swing it as good as I wanted to off the tee," Garrigus said. "I was hitting some squirrelly shots, but the putter worked really well (Friday), which can cure a lot of things."

Aaron Baddeley and Patton Kizzire each shot 66 to get to 6 under, and first-round leader Kim Meen-Whee was 5 under after 72.

"It was windy," Baddeley said. "There were a couple holes there where it was like a two- or three-club wind, which is really unusual here in Vegas. But itís just nice because it really brings out the good ball-hitters and also the people who can be patient in this type of weather."

LPGA: Defending champion Shanshan Feng shot 6-under 66 to share a seven-way lead after the first round of the Japan Classic in Ibaraki. Feng carded six birdies in a bogey-free round at the Taiheiyo Club and was joined at 6 under by Americans Lizette Salas and Jane Park, Japanese players Saiki Fujita, Ai Suzuki and Nasa Hataoka and Lee Ming-yong of South Korea. Feng was 1-under through 11 but made five birdies in her last seven.

PGA EUROPE: Nicolas Colsaerts shot a second straight 7-under 64 to take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey, leaving the big-hitting Belgian in strong position to end a five-year wait for a victory. Colsaerts, who was tied for the overnight lead, picked up shots on four of the first six holes and continued to give himself good birdie chances with his impressive iron play. He then birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 in a bogey-free round to get to 14-under 128. Eddie Pepperell was Colsaertsí nearest challenger at 10-under after back-to-back rounds of 66.

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