GOLF ROUNDUP: Choi leads at windy Women's British Open
Before she can think of four in a row, Inbee Park first has to make up an eight-shot deficit at the Women’s British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Playing in the strongest wind this week, she had a pair of three-putt bogeys in a round of 1-over 73 that left her closer to the cut line than the lead. The 25-year-old South Korean is trying to become the first golfer to win four professional majors in one year.
Those rugged afternoon conditions were no problem for Na Yeon Choi. The South Korean had a 5-under 67 — nearly nine shots lower than the field average for the afternoon — and had a one-shot lead over Miki Saiki of Japan. Saiki set the Old Course record for the Women’s British Open at 6-under 66 in the morning, which featured bursts of showers but very little wind until late in the round.
Choi was at 10-under 134.
PGA TOUR: Andres Romero birdied his last four holes to take the second-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open with 22 points in the modified Stableford scoring format on the edge of the Sierra in Reno, Nev. The Argentine player who finished third last year had nine birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on Friday for a one-point lead over Gary Woodland.
The scoring system awards eight points for double eagle, five points for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
Woodland had a chance to take the lead on his last hole when his 90-yard approach glanced off the pin, but missed a 5-foot birdie attempt.
Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling and former University of Nevada player Charlie Wi were three points back at 19. David Toms had 17.
WESTERN AMATEUR: Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers topped the 16 match-play qualifiers in the 111th Western Amateur, shooting a 3-under 69 at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark., for a record 18-under 270 total.
Rodgers, from Avon, Ind., opened stroke-play qualifying with rounds of 66, 68 and 66.
Carlos Ortiz, a North Texas graduate from Mexico, was second at 15 under after a 67. U.S. Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge, an Oklahoma State player from Mequon, Wis., followed at 11 under after a 72.
JUNIOR PGA: Tyler McDaniel birdied the final two holes to win the Junior PGA Championship, and Amy Lee closed with a 15-foot par putt to top the girls’ division in Potomac Falls, Va.
The 17-year-old McDaniel, from Manchester, Ky., shot a 2-under 69 to finish at 10-under 274 at Trump National Golf Club - Washington, D.C. He won the Jack Nicklaus Trophy.
Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., had a 67 to finish a shot back.
The 16-year-old Lee, from Brea, Calif., also finished with a 69 for a 5-under 279 total. She won the Patty Berg Trophy. Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., shot a 71 to finish a stroke back.
WEB.COM TOUR: Whee Kim took the lead through two rounds in the Mylan Classic at the Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg, firing a 6-under-par 65 to pull to an 11-under 131 for the tournament. Steve Wheatcroft, a western Pennsylvania native who was born in Indiana, fired a 70 and is tied for eighth place.
Ben Martin is in second, at 9 under. First-round leader Zack Sucher shot an even-par 71 to drop into a tie with Wheatcroft.