Archive for Saturday, May 24, 2008

Mickelson sharp on greens

Lefty leads Crowne Plaza by one stroke

May 24, 2008


— Phil Mickelson is carrying five different wedges in his bag at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. He's used every one of them - very effectively. Along with his putter.

Mickelson had 11 one-putts and converted all six sand saves in a 2-under 68 in the second round Friday to take the lead at 7-under 133. The world's No. 2-ranked player led Matt Kuchar (64), Brian Gay (65) and Johnson Wagner (71) by one stroke.

"It was probably the best putting round I've had all year," said Mickelson, who needed only 25 putts.

Ammaccapane leads

Corning, N.Y. - Dina Ammaccapane, who had six birdies and three bogeys, shot her second straight 69 Friday to gain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Corning Classic. Ammaccapane, winless since joining the tour fulltime two decades ago and non-exempt this year, was at 6-under 138. First-round leader Erica Blasberg (74), Janice Moodie (68), Wendy Ward (70) and Katie Futcher (69) were one shot back.

Purtzer tops Senior PGA

Rochester, N.Y. - Tom Purtzer shot a 3-under 67 on Friday to go to even-par 140 at the 69th Senior PGA Championship. That put him one up on Jay Haas, the first-round leader, who shot a 2-over 72, and Massy Kuramoto, who finished the day with a round of 2-under. Mark O'Meara scored the tournament's low round of 66 to jump into a tie for fourth with Bernhard Langer at 142 in the $2 million event.

McGinley up by four

Virginia Water, England - Paul McGinley finished birdie-eagle for a 6-under 66 Friday and set a record 36-hole total to lead by four strokes at the BMW PGA Championship.

Woods to skip Memorial

Tiger Woods decided Friday not to play in the Memorial as he recovers from knee surgery, meaning he likely will go to the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines without having played a tournament in two months.


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