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GOLF ROUNDUP: Scott takes lead in Tampa

by The Associated Press on March 16, 2013 10:20 AM

Adam Scott had a breakthrough with his short game this winter, and it’s so good now that he hardly even has to use it.

Scott had a putt for birdie on 16 holes in a second round that was without a bogey and without much stress.

He wound up with a 5-under 66 that left him one shot behind 31-year-old rookie Shawn Stefani, at the PGA Tour’s Tampa Bay Championship.

Stefani had to scramble more that he would have preferred, though he converted all the putts he felt he was supposed to make in his round of 70.

Temperatures finally began to warm, and without much wind throughout the day, the tournament was wide open. Stefani was at 7-under 135, one shot ahead of Scott and past champion K.J. Choi, who had a 67.

Twenty players were within five shots of the lead at the halfway point, a group that included everyone from Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar, to 19-year-old Jordan Spieth and Erik Compton, the two-time heart transplant recipient whose 65 was the low round of the day.

It was the highest score to lead at Innisbrook in five years.

 

LPGA: Jee Young Lee birdied three of the last four holes to take a one-stroke lead over Ai Miyazato on another hot day at the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix.

Lee, the 27-year-old South Korean player who won the LPGA Tour’s 2005 South Korean event before becoming a tour member, had a bogey-free 8-under 64 to reach 15-under 129. She broke the tournament 36-hole record of 12 under set by Angela Stanford in 2011 in the inaugural event.

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR: David Frost shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the first round of the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.

Frost had eight birdies in his bogey-free round, four on the first five holes on the back nine and another on the par-5 closing hole. Three of his approach shots stopped within a foot of the hole for tap-in birdies.

 

THAILAND OPEN: Australia’s Scott Strange topped the Thailand Open leaderboard Saturday after the completion of the rain-delayed second round in Bangkok.

Strange shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to reach 13 under before play was delayed in the event sanctioned by the Japanese and OneAsia tours. Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington was tied for fifth, two strokes back after a 66.

 

AVANTHA MASTERS: Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat and China’s Liang Wenchong shot 6-under 66 to share the second-round lead in the Avantha Masters at 12-under 132 in Greater Noida, India.

The event at Greg Norman-designed Jaypee Greens is sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

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