GOLF ROUNDUP: Weather affects South African tournament
Spain’s Jorge Campillo and South Africa’s Colin Nel shot 59 on Friday in the second round of the rain-affected Nelson Mandela Championship, although their scores won’t count as a European Tour record because players were allowed to use preferred lies on the soaked layout.
Their 59s come with asterisks because of the preferred lies, and the Mount Edgecombe course was reduced by one stroke to a par of 70.
Campillo had two eagles and seven birdies for a share of the clubhouse lead at 11-under 129 with England’s Matthew Baldwin (62). Nel had an eagle and nine birdies to move into a share of 27th at 4 under.
Daniel Brooks had the lead at 12 under with seven holes to play.
The event was reduced to 54 holes after long weather delays the first three days.
PGA TOUR: Defending champions Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair shot an 8-under 64 in modified alternate-shot play for a share of the first-round lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, in Naples, Fla.
The teams of Matt Kuchar-Harris English and Charles Howell III-Justin Leonard also shot 64 on the Ritz Carlton Resort’s Tiburon course. The 24 teams will play better ball Saturday and finish with a scramble Sunday.
After playing the front nine in 3 under, Perry and O’Hair birdied Nos. 13-16. Kuchar and English birdied Nos. 12-14 and eagled No. 17. Howell and Leonard birdied the final three holes on the front nine and added birdies at Nos. 10, 12, 13, 17 and 18.
Retief Goosen and Fredik Jacobson shot 67, and Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson matched Chris DiMarco and Billy Horschel at 68. Tournament host Norman and Jonas Blixt had a 72.
ASIAN TOUR: Sergio Garcia had a hole-in-one on the 236-yard eighth hole and finished with a 7-under 65 for a share of the second-round lead with Justin Rose in the Thailand Golf Championship.
Rose, the U.S. Open champion, had a 68 to match Garcia at 11-under 133 at Amata Spring.
Anirban Lahiri (64), Alexander Levy (65) and Alex Cejka (71) were two strokes back in the Asian Tour event. Rickie Fowler (66) was another shot behind at 8 under, and Henrik Stenson (67) was 7 under.
WEB.COM TOUR: Chris Epperson shot a 9-under 63 on PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course to take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, in LaQuinta, Calif.
The 31-year-old Epperson, from Hilton Head Island, S.C., had a 16-under 128 total.
The players are competing for positions in the Web.com Tour’s priority ranking used to form tournament fields, with the medalist (or co-medalists) guaranteed fully exempt status.
Every player who is at PGA West is guaranteed a spot on the Web.com Tour next season. The six-round tournament will end Tuesday.
Steve Saunders and Nathan Tyler were tied for second. Saunders had a 65, and Tyler shot 66 — both on the Nicklaus course.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: The Champions Tour event that was played in Montreal the past four years will be moving to the Quebec City area next summer.
Promoter Synchro Sports announced Friday the $1.6 million tournament will be held Sept. 5-7 at the La Tempete Golf Club.
It is the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in the area since Billy Casper won the 1956 Labatt Open.
The tournament will be called the Quebec City Championship. The event was called The Montreal Championship the last four years and was won by Larry Mize in 2010, John Cook in 2011, Mark Calcavecchia in 2012 and Esteban Toledo in 2013.
ELSEWHERE: The half-brother of golf star Tiger Woods was arrested Thursday in Phoenix for allegedly making a false bomb threat at the government building where he works.
Phoenix police said 58-year-old Earl Dennison Woods Jr. is accused of calling in the threat at the Department of Economic Security building about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Police say they were called after DES employees alerted building security.
More than 100 people were evacuated from the building before Woods came forward and told police the phone call was meant as a joke and he didn’t expect his co-workers to take it seriously.
Police said Woods has been booked on suspicion of attempting to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass others. They say Woods is apologetic and cooperating with the investigation.