GOLF ROUNDUP: Gay leads PGA event
Heavy fog allowed Brian Gay a quick nap, and he no longer felt so sluggish after traveling halfway around the world from Shanghai to Sea Island.
Gay had enough energy Thursday to make eight birdies on his way to a 7-under 63, giving him a share of the lead with Briny Baird among early starters in the McGladrey Classic, in St. Simons Island, Ga. The opening round could not be completed because of a fog delay lasting nearly two hours.
Once the sun burned off the fog, the Seaside course was a pushover with virtually no wind. George McNeill ran off five straight birdies and was 8 under with two holes remaining. Will MacKenzie reached 7 under through 16 holes until dropping three shots in two holes for a 66. The morning fog off coastal waters could not have been better for Gay.
“I was super tired,” he said.
Players were told the round would resume when the fog lifted. Gay didn’t want to stand around on the range. He also wanted to stay loose. So he took a chance by going into the locker room at Sea Island, relaxed in a leather chair for a quick nap and then warmed up for the second time.
The McGladrey Classic is the third event in Gay’s most unusual itinerary — four PGA Tour events in four weeks in four countries. He started two weeks ago at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, and then flew eight hours to Shanghai for the HSBC Champions. He would not have played this week except that it’s only about three hours from his home in Orlando, Fla., and he loves the Seaside course. And then he’ll finish out the fall portion of the PGA Tour schedule next week in Mexico.
Scott Piercy and Boo Weekley also were in China last week, and each opened with a 67.
AUSTRALIAN PGA: Adam Scott took advantage of easier morning conditions today to shoot a 4-under-par 67 and take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian PGA championship, in Gold Coast, Australia.
The Masters champion was at 10-under 132, while fellow Australian David McKenzie was in second after a 69 at Royal Pines.
American Rickie Fowler, who began the day with a two-stroke lead, holed out with his approach on No. 1 for an eagle, but things got progressively more difficult for him in swirling afternoon winds. He finished with a 72, tied for third, three strokes behind Scott.
EUROPEAN PGA: Tiger Woods bogeyed his last hole to finish the rain-delayed first round at 2-under 70 in the Turkish Open on Friday, leaving him six shots behind leaders Henrik Stenson, Darren Fichardt and Thomas Bjorn, in Belek, Turkey.
Resuming at the 11th hole, Woods hit a 20-yard chip over a bunker to 4 feet and sank the birdie putt. He also birdied the 13th but spoiled his round when he found a water hazard with his second shot at the 18th and took a bogey.
Stenson, who was at 4-under overnight, birdied the 11th, 13th and closing two holes to join South Africa’s Fichardt and Denmark’s Bjorn atop the leaderboard at 8 under.
LPGA: Japan’s Shiho Oyama shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Mizuno Classic, the final tournament in the LPGA Tour’s five-event Asian swing.
Oyama had six birdies and two bogeys at Kintetsu Kashikojima in the event also sanctioned by the Japan LPGA Tour.
Jiyai Shin, the tournament winner in 2008 and 2010, was a stroke back along with fellow South Korean players Chella Choi, Hee-Won Han, Na-Ri Lee, Eun-Bi Jang, American Brittany Lincicome, Japan’s Junko Omote and Kaori Nakamura and Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg.
Defending champion Stacy Lewis opened with a 71. The American, the top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, has three victories this year.