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GOLF ROUNDUP: Pavin joins Champions leaders

by The Associated Press on March 24, 2013 2:20 AM

Corey Pavin birdied his first six holes and finished with a 5-under 67 to join Bernhard Langer, Roger Chapman and Joe Daley atop the leaderboard after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Pavin took advantage of Fallen Oak’s soft greens in ideal windless conditions.

Langer had a 65, Chapman shot 67, and Daley had a 66.

Defending champion Fred Couples also had a good day, shooting a 66 to stay within striking distance at two strokes off the lead. It’s a crowded leaderboard, with 14 players within three strokes of the lead.

PGA EUROPEAN: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat led the Malaysian Open at 11 under when third-round play was suspended because of thunderstorms at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Kiradech completed only two holes in the third round before play was stopped for the day. South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, was a stroke back, also after two holes.

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington was tied for third at 9 under after four holes. Third-ranked Luke Donald missed the cut.

LPGA: Beatriz Recari drove the green on the 285-yard 16th hole to set up a 4-foot eagle putt and finished with a 3-under 69 on Saturday for a two-stroke lead in the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

Recari, the 25-year-old Spaniard who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2010, had an 11-under 205 at Aviara Golf Club.

Hall of Famer Karrie Webb was second after a 70. Paula Creamer and I.K. Kim were three shots back.

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