ON THE LINKS Friday’s pro golf roundup


PGA TOUR

Kim, Putnan take lead in Zurich Classic

AVONDALE, LA.

Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam teamed to shoot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take the Zurich Classic lead into the weekend.

The format switched to alternate shot for the second round, with one player hitting the tee shots on even-numbered holes and the other on odd numbers. Kim and Putnam made five birdies and were able to recover from a double bogey on No. 5 to reach 13-under 131.

Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, who lost in a playoff last year, were a stroke back after a 70.

Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar shot a 67 at TPC Louisiana to pull within four shots of the lead.

Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer missed the cut after making double bogey on the final two holes.

After best-play play Saturday, the final round will be played in alternate shot.

LPGA TOUR

Korda heats up in chilly California

DALY CITY, CALIF.

Jessica Korda shot a 5-under 67 on Friday in warmer-but-still-chilly conditions at Lake Merced to take a one-stroke into the weekend.

The winner in Thailand in February in her return from reconstructive jaw surgery, the long-hitting Korda had six birdies — three on the first four holes — and a bogey to reach 9 under.

Monday qualifier Annie Park was second after a 66 in the morning.

England’s Charley Hull was 7 under after a 68.

Lydia Ko had a 70 to get to 6 under. She won the Swinging Skirts LPGA at Lake Merced in 2014 and 2015.

EUROPEAN TOUR

Wallace has one-shot lead in China

BEIJING

Matt Wallace shot a 2-under 70 Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the third round of the China Open golf tournament.

The Englishman had a two-round total of 9-under 135 on the Topwin Golf and Country Club course.

Tied for second in the European PGA Tour event were American Kim Sihwan (66), Nacho Elvira of Spain (67) and Australian Jason Scrivener (69).

Associated Press

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