ON THE LINKS Friday’s pro golf results
LA QUINTA, CALIF.
Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley. Landry shot a 7-under 65 on PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club. Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout. Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus. Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West’s Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions. The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn’t miss a fairway and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under through 36 holes at Hualalai. First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.
ABU DHABI HSBC CHAMPIONSHIP
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Thomas Pieters holed a bunker shot for a closing birdie and shot a second-round 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday as top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy moved into contention. Johnson shook off the jet lag after his ragged opening-round 72 to shoot a bogey-free 8-under 64, tied for the low round of the tournament, and was four shots back. He won by eight shots two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. McIlroy, playing his first event since October, finished with an eagle on the par-5 18th and was three shots behind Pieters after a 66. The former world No. 1 is coming off a winless 2017 and plans a busy schedule in the run-up to the Masters.
Chapchai Nirat birdied his first four holes and then his last two in a 7-under 64 to grab the clubhouse lead in the second round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open. The Thai golfer also birdied the 14th hole in a flawless round to jump to the top of the leaderboard at 7-under 135 before the threat of lightning suspended play for the second day in a row with half of the 156-player field still to complete their second rounds.