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ON THE LINKS Friday’s pro golf roundup

Published: Sat, October 27, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m.


Champ, Xiong tied at Sanderson Farms


Norman Xiong shot a 5-under 67 on Friday on another damp, chilly day at the Country Club of Jackson for a share of the second-round lead with Cameron Champ at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

The 19-year-old Xiong — who made his first cut in seven career starts — is trying to become the second-youngest winner on tour since 1932. He matched Champ at 9 under for the tournament.

Champ, who was the first-round leader after shooting a 65, had a two-shot lead over Xiong until ending Friday’s round with two straight bogeys. He finished with a 70.

Shawn Stefani and Jonathan Byrd were one shot back. Hudson Swafford, Seth Reeves, Scott Stallings, D.J. Trahan and Chad Ramey were two shots back.

Tony Finau overcomes break to lead HSBC


Tony Finau overcame a bad break that led to double bogey for a 5-under 67 to build a three-shot lead over Masters champion Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood and defending champion Justin Rose in the HSBC Champions.

Finau was stunned when his approach to the 11th hole at Sheshan International hit a sprinkler cap in front of the green, bounced high and went over the green and into the hazard. That led to double bogey. Finau birdied three of his last five holes to restore the margin to three shots.

He was at 11-under 133.

Reed shot 72 by twice making par after hitting into the water on par 5s. Rose had a two-putt birdie on the final hole for a 67.

Xander Schauffele (71) was four shots behind.


Hsu on top in Taiwan, Lydia Ko moves close


Wei-Ling Hsu rode the support of her home crowd to shoot a 5-under 67 and take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Hsu had a two-round total of 9-under 135 on the Ta Shee Golf and Country Club, one ahead of first-round leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who shot 71 Friday.

Former No. 1-ranked Lydia Ko was the big mover with a round-of-the day 66 to move into third place and within two strokes of the lead.

She had five birdies on her front nine then stalled somewhat on the back nine until an approach to one foot on the par-4 17th.

Staff/wire reports

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