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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, September 28, 2019 1:00 am


South Korean leading at windy Indianapolis event

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – South Korean Mi Jung Hur shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions Friday to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

A day after opening with a bogey-free 63, Hur had six birdies – four on par 5s – along with two bogeys and a double bogey to get to 11 under at Brickyard Crossing, the layout that features four holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

“It was very windy out there,” Hur said. “It was tough conditions on the course with the down and hurting wind, but I tried to enjoy with the wind. Living in Texas, which this is like normal in Texas, so it helped me a lot when I practice with this kind of wind on the range.”

Sakura Yokomine of Japan was second, following an opening 65 with a 70.

Marina Alex, coming off the United States' Solheim Cup loss to Europe, was 7 under with Puerto Rico's Maria Torres. Alex had a 71, and Torres shot 68.

Defending champion Sung Hyun Park and 2017 winner Lexi Thompson missed the cut. Park followed an opening 70 with a 77. Thompson, winless at the Solheim Cup, shot 76-71.

EUROPEAN: In St. Andrews, Scotland, Matthew Jordan enjoyed more success on the famous Old Course by shooting 8-under 64 to lead the Dunhill Links Championship.

The 23-year-old English player led by one stroke after two rounds, with his bogey-free score at St. Andrews coming a day after shooting 6-under 66 at Kingsbarns.

Every player in the field plays 18 holes at three Scottish courses – St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns – before returning to the Old Course for the fourth and final round of the pro-am Sunday.

Justin Rose was 8 under after nine holes at Kingsbarns, and had nine birdies and an eagle in total in his round of 64, leaving the world No. 4 in a six-way share on fifth place on 12 under.

First-round leader Justin Walters of South Africa shot 1-under 71 at Carnoustie, traditionally the toughest of the three courses, and dropped into a tie for 17th on 10 under.

Rory McIlroy shot a bogey-free 66 at Kingsbarns. The No. 2-ranked McIlroy was at 8 under, six strokes off the lead.

PGA: In Napa, California, Bryson DeChambeau shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Friday to take a two-shot lead in the Safeway Open.

DeChambeau had a 12-under 132 total at Silverado Country Club. The 26-year-old Californian matched two others for the best round of the day and was in line to extend his lead, but left a 20-foot eagle putt short on No. 18.

Nick Watney was second with a 65. Justin Thomas made nine birdies and matched DeChambeau with a 64 that left him tied with Nick Taylor (66), Dylan Frittelli (65), Adam Long (68) and Cameron Champ (68) at 9 under.

CHAMPIONS: In Pebble Beach, California, Rod Pampling eagled the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach on Friday for a 5-under 67 and a share of the Pure Insurance Championship lead in his PGA Tour Champions debut.

Pampling had three birdies in a six-hole stretch on the front nine, then made 11 straight pars before the closing eagle. He won the last of his three PGA Tour titles in 2017.

Joey Sindelar joined Pampling atop the leader board.