Golf roundup

Funk surges; Watson 7 back

Fred Funk and his caddie celebrate his eagle on the 18th hole that gave him a 3-shot lead in the Senior British Open and a tournament-record 11 under through 36 holes. Fred Funk and his caddie celebrate his eagle on the 18th hole that gave him a 3-shot lead in the Senior British Open and a tournament-record 11 under through 36 holes. (Dominic Lipinski/Associated Press)
Associated Press / July 25, 2009

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Fred Funk shot a 5-under-par 65 yesterday for a three-shot lead at the Senior British Open in Sunningdale, England.

Funk has gone 36 holes without a bogey and his round, capped by a 174-yard 8-iron at the last hole for an eagle 2, gave him an 11-under 129, a 36-hole record for the event.

He has a three-stroke lead over Sam Torrance, who also shot 65, and 2006 winner Loren Roberts is five shots back at 134.

Tom Watson, trying to follow up his British Open runner-up finish last Sunday with a fourth Senior British Open title, shot 69 to share sixth place, seven shots back.

“I turned a good round into a mediocre round . . . with poor putting,’’ Watson said. “I had a lot of opportunities to make birdies today and didn’t make them.

“If I had putted average it would have been 67, maybe 66. If I had putted well, maybe 64. Tee to green was good.’’

Watson made a grip adjustment on his putter late in his round which he hopes will help over the weekend.

Senior PGA champion Michael Allen shot a 65 and was tied for fourth with Tom Kite (68).

Watson was tied at 4 under with Greg Norman (69), Mark McNulty (67), Don Pooley (66), Denis Watson (68), and Gordon J. Brand (68).

Funk finished his round half an hour before Watson and Norman were going to start, but they were delayed two hours by a thunderstorm.

It meant that 18 players did not complete their rounds. They will do so early today.

PGA - Jerry Kelly shot a 7-under 65 in the completion of the first round and was 11 under overall with three holes to play in the second round to top the leaderboard in the rain-delayed Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario.

Camilo Villegas, Tim Herron, Martin Laird, and Nathan Green were a stroke back.

The 42-year-old Kelly, the New Orleans winner in April, had seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch in the first round. In the second, he had five birdies and a bogey before play was suspended at 7:29 p.m. because of lightning.

After a 7 1/2-hour rain delay Thursday, play was interrupted for nearly three hours because of rain and lightning yesterday. About 20 minutes after play was called, the course was drenched again with heavy rain.

LPGA - Ai Miyazato shot a 6-under 66 in Evian-Les-Bains, France, to share the second-round lead at the Evian Masters.

Miyazato shares the lead at 9-under 135 with joint first-round leader Na Yeon Choi (68) and Becky Brewerton, who bogeyed the 16th and 17th to shoot 68.

In-Kyung Kim, the other first-round co-leader, was a shot back in fourth.

USGA - Medalists Jordan Spieth of Dallas and Amy Anderson of Oxbow, N.D., scored semifinal victories to advance to today’s finals of the boys’ and girls’ Junior Amateur championships.

Spieth, 15, will play Jay Hwang, 16, of San Diego in the boys’ final, while Anderson will play Kimberly Kim, 17, of Hilo, Hawaii, for the girls’ crown.

European - Ricardo Gonzalez shot a 5-under 68 for the second straight day to take a one-stroke lead at the midpoint of the SAS Masters in Loddekopinge, Sweden.

Tiger Woods has decided to play in the Buick Open as he prepares for the final major of the year.

Woods announced he would return to the Buick Open, which he has won twice. His longtime endorsement deal with Buick ended early last year.