Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is among the longest hitters in golf. Colsaerts overpowered the par 5s at rain-softened Lake Malaren for the second straight day on his way to an 8-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Alexander Levy of France going into the weekend of the BMW Masters. ''I kept on hitting good drives, which for me here is a big bonus because it's pretty soft,'' Colsaerts said. He beat Colsaerts, who had opened with a European Tour record-tying 60.
Inbee Park shot a 10-under 62 on Friday at Miramar to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Taiwan Championship, her first event since regaining the No. 1 spot in the world Monday. ''Everything was working really good out there today,'' Park said. At 18-under 126, she matched the lowest 36-hole score in relation to par in LPGA history. ''I'm doing really well on the greens this week and obviously two days without the wind here in Taiwan is really unusual,'' Park said.
Billy Hurley III made six birdies on his front nine en route to a 5-under 67 Friday that gave him a two-shot lead after the second round of the CIMB Classic. Hurley matched his score from Thursday for a 10-under total of 134, two strokes ahead of American compatriot Kevin Streelman (68) in the jointly sanctioned PGA Tour and Asian Tour event. A group of seven players was one stroke further back at 7 under, including defending champion Ryan Moore (69). Hurley, who played bogey-free in the opening round, had a superb start with three birdies on his opening four holes, including two that played the toughest in the opening round: the par-3 11th over water and the long par-4 13th.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - American Billy Hurley III grabbed a two-shot halfway stage lead at the CIMB Classic after his front-nine birdie binge at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday. The former US Navy officer sunk six birdies for an outward 30 in his second successive round of 67 to go 10-under-par 134 in the tournament sanctioned by the PGA and Asian Tour. ...
Tom Pernice Jr. shot a 5-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and three others in the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship. ''I drove the ball straight today, kept it in play,'' Pernice said ''I think that's important. If you do that here, you're going to have some good opportunities.'' The 55-year-old Pernice won the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa in June for his third career victory on the 50-and-older tour. He rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 17th with a birdie on the par-5 18th on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course.
Bernhard Langer can afford to take an aggressive approach in the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The 57-year-old German star wrapped up the Charles Schwab Cup points title Sunday in San Antonio, taking a lot of the drama out of the season-ending event that begins Thursday at Desert Mountain. ''There's still a lot to play for because we're playing for a lot of money, but the Charles Schwab Cup is wrapped up and that's great news for me.