Golf News: Sungjae Im climbed into a share of the PGA Tour’s halfway lead, while compatriot Jin Young Ko continued to shine on the LPGA Tour.
Im shot a six-under 65 on Friday in the Shriners Children’s Open to climb to 14 under in Las Vegas and keep Chad Ramey at the top of the leaderboard.
Beginning on the back nine, the South Korean birdied three of his first five holes and added consecutive gains from the first, before finishing his blemish-free card by getting up and down from a greenside bunker to pick up another stroke at the par-five ninth.
Sam Burns, chasing back-to-back PGA Tour victories, is a shot behind with Adam Schenk after a bogey-free 63, while Aaron Wise is fifth on 12 under after a round-of-the-day 62.
England’s Harry Hall is three shots down, and former major champion Louis Oosthuizen is four shots back, as overnight leader Sung Kang signed for a 73 to slip into the group on eight under par, which also includes Francesco Molinari, Viktor Hovland, and Ireland’s Seamus Power.
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Ryder Cup teammates Ian Poulter and Paul Casey were among the high-profile names who failed to make the cut at TPC Summerlin, along with Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Scottie Scheffler, and Patrick Reed.
Defending champion Ko stretched her lead at the Cognizant Founders Cup to three strokes on a rain-delayed second day in West Caldwell, New Jersey.
When play was halted owing to the darkness, the world No. 2 was two-under for her round and 10 under for the event, with Ko having four holes to finish when the second round starts on Saturday morning.
The 26-year-old birdied three holes in a row at the turn to break a three-way tie for second, with Lindsey Weaver shooting a five-under 67 and So Yeon Ryu and Perrine Delacour with four and seven holes to play, respectively.
Ko, who came runner-up at the Shoprite LPGA Classic last week, needs to play her final four holes in level-par to break Annika Sorenstam’s record of 12 consecutive rounds in the 60s.
Gee Chun was four strokes back with six holes to play, while Xiyu Lin, Chella Choi, and Jenny Shin were all on six under after back-to-back 68s. World No. 1 Nelly Korda is on five under par with three holes remaining in her second round.
For the second day in a row, play at Donald Ross’s Mountain Ridge was delayed at the start due to fog, with 63 of the 132 players unable to finish. Georgia Hall leads the British interest in the field, sitting in the group on two under par with five holes remaining.
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