Sunday, May 27, 2018

Kuchar leads suspended Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — Matt Kuchar hoped to finish his second round Friday at Colonial. He ended up with the lead — and a very early wakeup call.

Kuchar had only three holes to complete in what was a bogey-free round of the PGA Tour event, his ball already on the 16th green. He was at 10 under and described the conditions as "just perfect right now."

But Kuchar was among 54 still on the course when play was suspended because of an impending storm system. The round will resume at 7:15 a.m. today.

"That's a bit of a bummer," Kuchar said. "It's no fun to wake up at 4:30 to get out here and play three holes."

At least Kuchar has the lead, by one stroke over Graham DeLaet. He shot 3-under 67 in a morning round completed before a 2-hour, 10-minute lightning delay to get to 9-under 131.

First-round leader Ryan Pal­mer, the Colonial member who shot 62 on Thursday, was at 8 under after playing 12 holes at par. Steve Flesch (64), 19-year-old Jordan Spieth (67) from nearby Dallas and Josh Teater (67) finished rounds at 8 under.

Flesch's matched the best completed round of the day and will end his string of missed cuts at 16 dating to October 2011. The 2004 Colonial champ missed the cut in all 12 of his starts last year before right shoulder surgery in August and is in his third event this year. He is playing on a non-exempt major medical extension and must earn $647,510 over his next four events, including this one, to keep it.

"I'm … just glad to actually play on the weekend now," Flesch said. "I was actually cruising.

"Then I got that delay, and I kind of lost all of my rhythm. It's like starting your whole round over. My swing didn't feel very well on those last three (holes)."

Friends share lead at first Champions major

ST. LOUIS — Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry, longtime friends from Kentucky, shot 5-under 66 to share the second-round lead at the Senior PGA Championship.

They sat at 7-under 135, two ahead of Kiyoshi Murota (70) at Bellerive. Jay Haas (72) and Duffy Waldorf (72), the first-round co-leaders, and Loren Roberts (68) were three back.

Perry had five birdies and no bogeys, helped by a handful of drives of 300-plus yards.

Cochran, who tied for seventh at the 1992 PGA Championship on the same course, had five birdies in a span of six holes and seven in all. They included the 477-yard par 4 at No. 10, which features a creek guarding the green, when he hit a 5-iron to about 4 feet.

"I kind of felt like I hit the lottery a little bit," Cochran said. "Any time you birdie that hole, you really feel like you've done something good."

LPGA: Heather Bowie Young made five straight birdies to share the first-round lead of the rejiggered Bahamas Classic with Silvia Cavalleri. Flooding this week left much of the course under water. So the LPGA devised a 12-hole course (three rounds would give the tour its minimum 36 holes for an official event) with a par-45. (See 1C) Bowie Young and Cavalleri were at 6-under 39, a shot ahead of four others, but 27 players failed to finish the round.