Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tiger Woods climbs to second in PGA European Tour event

BELEK, Turkey — Tiger Woods shot 9-under 63 Friday to trim a six-shot deficit to one after the second round of the Turkish Open.

Woods completed seven holes of his rain-delayed first round for 70 in the morning. After an hour lunch break, he didn't drop a shot and had nine birdies in the second round.

Woods was second at 11-under 133 in the European Tour event, behind four co-leaders, including Henrik Stenson (68) and Ian Poulter (66).

"I played a little better, certainly, (Friday) afternoon and made some putts, so that was fine," Wood said. "It was a round that could have been really special. But I am right there."

Woods, who last won on the tour at the co-sanctioned 2009 Australian Masters, said he missed four or five putts within 10 feet for birdie.

"It's a bunched leaderboard, so we are going to have to continue to go low over the weekend, given the way the golf course is playing and how soft it is," he said. "It is so receptive and slow, and it lends itself to a lot of birdies."

Woods said he had been awake since around 3:30 a.m. local time watching TV coverage of Stanford, which he attended for two years, beating Oregon 26-20. The game went on so long that Woods became worried about getting in practice at Maxx Royal before his 8 a.m. restart.

"Unfortunately, I had to stay longer watching the game than I wanted to," he said. "It was one of those games where it looked like we (Stanford) were going up 29-7. But the next thing you know, Oregon comes back at us. I'm thinking I have to go warm up for this tournament. So I'm saying, 'Come on, guys, can't you just run the clock out,' and they finally did."

Stenson, continuing to struggle with a wrist injury, is trying to extend his lead at the top of the tour's points standings in the season's penultimate event.

Poulter, fourth in points, said he believed his chances to climb were looking better.

"I'm right there at the top of the board, and that's always good fun," he said. "There are some great names at the top of the board as well, so it's certainly going to be a fun weekend."

PGA: Chris Kirk shot 4-under 66 to lead the McGladrey Classic by one at 8-under 132 when the second round was suspended because of darkness with 18 players on the course at St. Simons Island, Ga. In second were Kevin Chappell (68), Webb Simpson (68), John Senden (67) and Briny Baird (70). First-round leader Brian Gay followed his 63 with 72 and was at 5 under. After a fog delay for a second straight day, play again was suspended before the field had finished. The closest to Kirk of the 18 on the course was Seung-Yul Noh at 5 under with three holes to play, expected to be finished this morning.

LPGA: Shiho Oyama shot 4-under 68 to take the first-round lead in the 54-hole Mizuno Classic at Shima, Japan. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome was in a group of nine one shot back. Lincicome had an eagle on the first hole before carding four birdies and three bogeys.

. Fast facts

Legends Tour Open Championship

What: 36-hole stroke-play tournament on the LPGA's senior tour

When/where: Today and Sunday; Innisbrook Resort, Island Course, Palm Harbor

Defending champion: Laura Davies

Field: 40 players, including Davies and Hall of Famers Pat Bradley, JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel, Nancy Lopez and Hollis Stacy

Schedule: Gates open 7:30 a.m.; tee times begin at 8.

Tickets: $10 each day; available at the gate and for half price at all Walgreens stores; free for kids 17 and under and all military personnel with ID

Parking: Free at corner of Belcher and Klosterman roads; shuttle to main entrance.