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Kaymer's chance at No. 1 fading

Martin Kaymer, 11 shots back at the Andalucia Masters, must finish first or second to take No. 1 from Tiger Woods.

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Martin Kaymer, 11 shots back at the Andalucia Masters, must finish first or second to take No. 1 from Tiger Woods.

SOTOGRANDE, Spain — Martin Kaymer is unlikely to take over the No. 1 ranking from Tiger Woods after falling 11 shots behind leader Graeme McDowell at the Andalucia Masters on Friday.

Kaymer struggled to 3-over 74 in the second round to sit at 4-over 146 in the European Tour event. If Kaymer finishes outside the top two, Lee Westwood will take over from Woods as No. 1, despite not playing this weekend.

McDowell shot 67 and was at 7-under 135. Gareth Maybin was two strokes back after 68.

McDowell said he doesn't think Kaymer has a chance to catch him.

"Martin has not had the best two days out," McDowell said. "He is a world-class player, and I fully expect him to have a good weekend, but the forecast is for the wind to get up, which could make low scoring difficult."

LPGA: Vicky Hurst and Song-Hee Kim shot 4-under 68s in chilly weather to share the first-round lead in the Hana Bank Championship at Incheon, South Korea. Na Yeon Choi and Amy Hung opened with 69s, and Michelle Wie topped a group at 70. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome was in a group at 71.

PGA: Three-time tour winner Ben Crane shot 7-under 64 to share a two-shot lead with Pariya Junhasavasdikul (65) at 11-under 131 after the second round of the inaugural Asia Pacific Classic. First-round leader Ricky Barnes (69) and Ryan Moore (68) were a stroke back in the first tour-sanctioned event in Southeast Asia. The 40-man tournament is also sanctioned by the Asian Tour. The winner receives $1 million.

Nationwide: Colt Knost shot 3-under 69 to shared the second-round lead at 7-under 137 with Joe Affrunti (71) and Brendan Steele (71) in the Tour Championship at Charleston, S.C., the last chance for all three to earn 2011 PGA Tour cards through the developmental circuit's money list. The top 25 on the list after the tournament earn PGA Tour cards. Steele is 30th, Affrunti 34th and Knost 36th.

Champions: Hale Irwin shot his age for the first time on the tour with 6-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead in the AT&T Championship at San Antonio, Texas, with 2007 and 2008 winner John Cook, Larry Nelson, Chien Soon Lu and Mark Wiebe. Mark Calcavecchia led at group of 10 at 66. Another 15 players were within four shots of the lead, including Fred Funk (68), Jay Haas (69) and defending champ Phil Blackmar (69). This is the tour's final full-field event of the year. The top 30 on the money list advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in San Francisco.

Kaymer's chance at No. 1 fading 10/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 9:56pm]
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