Friday’s pro golf results
U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
For all the interest in the men and women playing Pinehurst No. 2 in consecutive weeks, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson made the Open more closely resemble the first LPGA Tour major of the year. Wie held it together with two key par putts and finished with back-to-back birdies for a 2-under 68. Thompson powered her way out of the sand and weeds and ran off three straight birdies to match Wie for the lowest score Friday. They were the only players still under par going into the weekend. Lucy Li, the precocious 11-year-old and youngest qualifier in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open, isn’t leaving town until Monday. She just won’t be playing any more golf. The sixth-grader from the Bay Area started with a double bogey for the second straight day and shot another 78 to miss the cut.
Scott Langley took the second-round lead, following his opening 64 with a 65 to reach 11 under 129. Winless in two seasons on the PGA Tour, the 25-year-old Langley had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey in the second round at TPC River Highlands. Michael Putnam, Harris English and K.J. Choi were a stroke back. Putnam had a 63, matching the best round of the day. English shot 64, and Choi 65.
Tom Lehman birdied four straight holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead. Finishing on the front nine, Lehman birdied Nos. 4-7 and closed with two pars at North Shore Country Club. The 55-year-old Minnesotan nearly holed out for an eagle on the par-5 sixth, leaving a 6-inch putt, and ran in a 15-footer on the par-3 seventh. He won the last of his seven Champions Tour titles in 2012. Doug Garwood and England’s Roger Chapman were a stroke back at 66.
Finland’s Mikko Ilonen opened a two-stroke lead in the Irish Open, while Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy missed the cut by a stroke. Ilonen had a 3-under 68 to reach 10 under at Fota Island. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (66), England’s Robert Rock (66) and France’s Romain Wattel (65) were tied for second.