Chilean teen shares lead at Memorial


Joaquin Niemann made an 8-foot birdie putt on his final hole to share the lead with Kyle Stanley in the Memorial.

Tiger Woods hit the ball well enough to be up there with them at Muirfield Village, except for missing five putts inside 7 feet.

He sat out a weather delay that lasted just under 90 minutes.

Niemann is a 19-year-old from Chile in just his fifth pro start, and he already had a pair of top 10s on the PGA Tour. On a soft course yielding low scores, he made seven birdies to join Stanley (66) at 11-under 133.

They were two shots ahead of Byeong Hun An (67). Jason Day, who has never finished better than 15th at the Memorial, had another 68 and was three back.

Woods had to settle for a 67. He was six behind.

“It could have been easily a nice little 62 or 63,” Woods said. “I turned it into a 67.”


Australian stages a 67 at US Women’s Open

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Sarah Jane Smith extended her lead at the U.S. Women’s Open to four strokes after a second straight 5-under 67 Friday at Shoal Creek.

The Australian got her round in before a 2-hour, 49-minute weather delay. The second round will be completed on today with the low 60 scorers plus ties making the cut.

Smith opened the day in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Korean Jeongeun Lee. She’s at 10-under 134 heading into the weekend after failing to make the cut in five of her previous six U.S. Women’s Open tries.

Jutanugarn had an opening birdie to move to 6 under through eight holes. Lee fell back to 2 under with a second-day 75. Korean-born Su-Hyun Oh shot 68 and is also 6 under.

Brittany Lincicome to play in PGA Tour event

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Brittany Lincicome said Friday at the U.S. Women’s Open that she was asked to play in the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky July 19-22.

Tom Murray, president and CEO of Perio, which owns the Barbasol and Pure Silk brands, reached out to her a couple of weeks ago, Lincicome said.

The 32-year-old Lincicome is an eight-time winner on the LPGA Tour and is sixth on the LPGA Tour in driving distance.

Staff/wire reports

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