Johnson shoots 7-under 63 to lead St. Jude
Dustin Johnson shot 7-under 63 for his lowest round this year and grabbed a one-stroke lead Friday after 36 holes at the St. Jude Classic.
With a victory at TPC Southwind, Johnson would reclaim his spot as the world’s top-ranked player going into the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. He had four of his seven birdies and an eagle on his back nine for a 29 and finished with a 10-under 130 total.
“I just want to win,” Johnson said.
Ryan Blaum and Andrew Putnam each shot 64 and were tied second, and C.T. Pan (65) and Wesley Bryan (66) followed at 8 under.
Brandt Snedeker shot his best round this year with a 62 that was one stroke off the course record. He was at 7 under.
Irishman Seamus Power, who came in with a one-stroke lead, shot a 69 to reach 6 under.
Two-time defending champ Daniel Berger (71-141) missed the cut.
Nordqvist tied for lead at ShopRite Classic
Two-time champion Anna Nordqvist shot a 5-under 66 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Laura Diaz and Celine Herbin in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Nordqvist won the 54-hole event in 2015 and 2016 on Stockton Seaview’s Bay Course and finished second last year. Teeing off Friday in the afternoon when the wind was stronger, the 30-year-old Swede closed her bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth.
“Honestly, I have a lot of good memories from here,” Nordqvist said. “It’s a place that makes me happy. I seemed to be striking the ball better today than for most of the year, so I was very consistent, gave myself a lot of chances. I was trying to stay patient out there and I’m very happy to post a good round.”
The eight-time LPGA Tour winner is seeking her ninth career victory, has missed the cut in three of her last five events. She is currently 54th on the LPGA money list with more than $132,000 in earnings.
The 43-year-old Diaz made the field as an alternate. She played in the morning when the greens were smoother and the wind more benign and carded five birdies.
Lydia Ko, In-Gee Chun and ANA Inspiration winner Pernilla Lindberg were at 67 with Sandra Gal, Su Oh, Beatriz Recari, Amy Yang and Wayne, New Jersey native Marina Alex. Defending champion I.K. Kim had a 68.
Shanshan Feng, at No. 4 the top-ranked player in the field, shot 69.
Leona Maguire, the former Duke star from Ireland, had a 69 in pro debut.
Langer takes 1-shot lead at Wakonda Club
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Bernhard Langer returned for a three-week break to shoot an 8-under 64 and take the first-round lead Friday in the PGA Tour Champions’ Principal Charity Classic.
Langer closed the bogey-free round with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th at Wakonda Club. The 60-year-old German star took the brief break in part to attend his son’s high school graduation.
Glen Day and Woody Austin were a stroke back, and defending champion Brandt Jobe was at 66 with Jerry Kelly, Tom Lehman and Doug Garwood.
Day opened 66-67 last year at Wakonda, then faded with a 76.
On Friday, he had four birdies in a six-hole stretch on his final nine.
Austin, in search of his fourth senior win, shot a 31 on the front nine.
Jobe struggled so much during the pro-am Thursday that he spent an extra two hours hitting balls in an effort to correct his swing.
Mark Calcavecchia, the 2016 winner, withdrew after two holes for what tour spokesman Chris Richards said were family reasons.