Friday, December 15, 2017
Golf

Cabrera, Vegas share lead at Barbasol Championship

OPELIKA, Ala. — Angel Cabrera and Jhonattan Vegas dominated the par-5 holes in steamy conditions Thursday to share the lead at the Barbasol Champion­ship.

Cabrera, 46, eagled the par-5 13th on Grand National's Lake Course, holing a 60-footer from the fringe, and birdied the two other par 5s in a bogey-free 6-under 65.

The two-time major winner from Argentina left the course after his morning round without speaking to the media.

Vegas of Venezuela also eagled No. 13 — making a 20-footer — and birdied the other par 5s in a bogey-free round in the PGA Tour event.

"It was a great round overall," Vegas said. "From the beginning all the way to the end, I felt like I did exactly what I had planned at the beginning of the day."

Former Auburn player Blayne Barber was a stroke back at 66 along with Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Shawn Stefani, Matt Bettencourt, Michael Kim and Lucas Lee.

David Toms, the other major champion in the field, shot 67.

LPGA: Hyo Joo Kim bogeyed her final hole for 5-under 66 and a share of the Marathon Classic lead with Mirim Lee and Haru Nomura at Sylvania, Ohio. Celebrating her 21st birthday, Kim had four birdies in a six-hole stretch on her second nine at rain-softened Highland Meadows. Ariya Jutanugarn, who won three straight events in May, was a stroke back with Kelly Shon and Celine Herbin. Top-ranked Lydia Ko birdied her final two holes to join second-ranked Brooke Henderson in a group of nine at 68. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome was 2 over.

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