Sunday, May 20, 2018

Three tied for lead after two rounds at St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Chez Reavie shot 5-under 65 on Friday to move to 9-under 131 and share the lead with Charl Schwartzel and Sebastian Munoz after two rounds at the St. Jude Classic.

Schwartzel had 66 and Munoz 67. Stewart Cink — who shared the first-round lead with Matt Every, Scott Brown and Munoz — was one stroke back after his 68 at the PGA Tour's final event before the U.S. Open.

Ben Crane, who won the tournament in 2014, was two strokes off the lead after shooting 65 at the par-70 TPC Southwind course.

Reavie, who started two strokes behind the co-leaders, had three birdies on the front nine and an eagle on the par-5 No. 16, landing his second shot less than 15 feet from the flagstick and sinking the putt. Reavie, 35, earned his only win on tour at the Canadian Open in 2008.

"There's no way that I can change my mind-set and go out there and try and make pars. I won't win the golf tournament if I do that," Reavie said. "I need to just keep doing the same thing I'm doing — attack the holes that suit my eye and make as many birdies as I can."

Schwartzel, who shot 65 in the first round, began his round one stroke behind the four first-day leaders along with Matt Jones.

He started on the back nine and birdied four of his first eight holes, going back-to-back on Nos. 16 and 17. On the par-5 16th, he sent his second shot into a greenside bunker but recovered by chipping out of the sand to inside of 5 feet of the flagstick.

He then moved into sole possession of the lead with a birdie on the par-4 second, only to give it back with a bogey on the par-3 eighth.

Schwartzel, who finished third at the Masters in April, is seeking his third career victory on the tour — he has won 12 times internationally — and first since he won the 2016 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor.

Every (70) was 6 under, and Brown (72) was two more strokes back.

LPGA: Alena Sharp shot her second straight 66 to move into a share of the lead at 12-under 132 after the second round of the Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario. Sharp, from nearby Hamilton, was tied with Lexi Thompson (65) and Hyo Joo Kim (68). Perrine Delacour (62) and Lindy Duncan (65) were one shot back. Suzann Pettersen had 71 to move to 9 under, and fellow first-round co-leader Mi Hyang Lee remained at 8 under with 72.

CHAMPIONS: Bernhard Langer, trying to become the first player in seven years to win three straight tour events, was tied for the lead at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, with two players who have never won on the circuit. Langer, Kevin Sutherland and Glen Day shot 6-under 66 to share the first-round lead.