ON THE LINKS | Friday’s pro golf results
Justin Thomas hit a 5-iron to 6 feet for an eagle on 18th hole at the Tour Championship and moved one step closer to a $10 million bonus. Already a five-time winner and a major champion this year, the eagle gave Thomas a 4-under 66 and a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Webb Simpson going into the weekend at East Lake. The FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize still lacks clarity, mainly because the Tour Championship is so wide open. Thomas, Casey (67) and Simpson (67) were at 7-under 133. Jon Rahm of Spain was among four players just one shot off the lead. Still in the mix was Dustin Johnson, who again didn’t get much out of his round but still was just four shots back.
Matt Atkins shot a 2-under 68 Friday to take a one stroke lead after the second round of the DAP Championship, the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals. Atkins, who shared the first-round lead with Nicholas Lindheim, was even par on the front nine before getting birdies on Nos. 10 and 11. He also birdied No. 16 before a bogey on the par-3 No. 17 put him at 8-under 132. Carlos Ortiz shot a 67 to pull into a tie with Lindheim, who had a 69, at 133. Ryan Armour (68), Brett Stegmaier (69) and Shawn Stefani (67) were tied another shot back. The event is the third of four tournaments that determine 25 PGA Tour cards. The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and non-members with enough money to place in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had they been eligible. Lindheim, a PGA Tour rookie this season, finished 197th in the FedEx Cup. Atkins has already earned a PGA Tour card by finishing in the top 25 on the regular-season Web.com money list. Those players are competing for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.Chesson Hadley had a 64, matching Atkins and Lindheim’s opening round score for the best of the tournament and puling into a five-way tie at 135.
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Scott McCarron shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Pure Insurance Championship. McCarron had seven birdies and an eagle to go along with a bogey on the par-71 Poppy Hills course. Bernhard Langer was in second, followed Kevin Sutherland another two shots back after a 66. Russ Cochran and Scott Parel were next at 67, joined at 4 under by Jerry Kelly and Scott Dunlap, who shot 68s on the par-72 Pebble Beach course. McCarron, who started off on the back nine, began his round with two birdies, and was at 3 under after another one on No. 15. He then birdied Nos. 1 and 2 and added an eagle on the par-4 No. 5 to move to 7 under. A bogey on the next hole was followed by two birdies on his last three. Fran Quinn, Jesper Parnevik, Davis Love III, Colin Montgomerie, Joe Durant, Tom Kite, Duffy Waldorf and Lee Janzen each shot 68s on Poppy Hills, and were joined at 3 under by Brandt Jobe, who had a 69 on Pebble Beach.
Nino Bertasio led the Portugal Masters after shooting a second consecutive round of 6-under-par 65. The Italian golfer will enter the third round with a one-shot lead over Marc Warren of Scotland (64) and Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark (65). Bertasio hit six birdies on a blemish-free day at Victoria Golf Course. Joost Luiten (68), who had a share of the lead after the first round, and Jason Scrivener (67) were two strokes behind.