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Stroud puts himself in position for big jump

October 11, 2008|From the Associated Press

Chris Stroud moved into position to make a big jump on the PGA Tour money list, shooting a six-under-par 64 Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Texas Open at San Antonio.

The 26-year-old Stroud, 209th on the money list, had a 10-under 130 total on the La Cantera Golf Club's Resort Course. He was a two-time All-America selection and four-time Southland Conference player of the year at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Paul Goydos (66), Tim Petrovic (65) and 1997 winner Tim Herron (67) were two strokes back, and Rory Sabbatini (66) topped a large group at seven under.

Defending champion Justin Leonard, the former University of Texas star seeking a record fourth victory in the event, shot a 69 to make the cut by a stroke at one under.


South Korea's In-Kyung Kim shot a three-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Mollie Fankhauser in the Longs Drugs Challenge at Danville, Calif. Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa was two shots behind.

The 20-year-old Kim, winless in two seasons on the LPGA Tour, had an eight-under 136 total on the Blackhawk Country Club course. Fankhauser shot a 68.

Ochoa, a seven-time winner this season who lost a playoff to Suzann Pettersen last year at Blackhawk, followed her opening 70 with a 68.

Angela Stanford was five under after a 69, and Pettersen (72), LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng (72), Kristy McPherson (70) and Charlotte Mayorkas (71) were four under.

Kim had four birdies on the front nine, dropped a stroke on the par-three 10th and closed with eight straight pars. The 2005 U.S. Girls' Junior champion lost a playoff to Ochoa last season in the Wegmans LPGA.


Ben Crenshaw found his long-lost golf game, shooting a four-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk in the Senior Players Championship at Timonium, Md.

Crenshaw, at seven-under 133, hasn't won a tournament since winning the Masters for a second time in 1995. That also was the last time he led after 36 holes.

The 56-year-old Texan made four birdies on the back nine, sinking long-range putts on Nos. 11 and 17 on the East Course at the Baltimore Country Club. He hit 12 of 14 fairways, only once landed in a bunker and never three-putted.

Funk shot a 68 in an up-and-down round that included five birdies and three bogeys.

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