David Horsey shot a 4-under 68 Friday for a two-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Russian Open. Double European Tour winner Horsey is just one of three players in the world's top 200 competing at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club course near Moscow. Belgium rookie Thomas Pieters is second on 9 under after also shooting 68. Scotland's Peter Whiteford, looking for his first Tour success in his 181st tournament, shot a 1-under 71 and is third at 7 under.
Jarrod Lyle shot a 4-under 67 on Thursday in the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic, the Australian's first U.S. event since his second bout with leukemia. ''I think the most surprising thing was my focus,'' Lyle said. I think that shows that it's all starting to come back for me.'' Traveling with wife Briony and 2-year-old daughter Lusi, the 32-year-old Lyle had four front-nine birdies in his bogey-free round at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.
Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. The 47-year-old Petrovic was the last player to get in the field, grabbing a spot when Benjamin Alvarado withdrew Tuesday. ''I didn't set my expectations high because I got in late, so this was kind of my practice round,'' Petrovic said. He won his lone PGA Tour title in New Orleans in 2005.