Fred Funk shoots 5-under at Senior British Open

Saturday, July 25, 2009
Fred Funk, right, celebrates with his caddie after hitting an eagle on the 18th hole Friday during round two of the Senior British Open at Berkshire, England. (Dominic Lipinski ~ Associated Press)

Fred Funk shot a 5-under 65 for a three-shot lead Friday at the Senior British Open in Sunningdale, England.

He is a tournament-record 11 under through two rounds and leads Tom Watson by seven shots.

Funk has gone 36 holes without a bogey and his round, capped by a 174-yard 8-iron at the last hole for an eagle 2, gave him an 11-under 129, a 36-hole record total for the event.

He has a three-stroke lead over Sam Torrance, who also shot 65, and 2006 winner Loren Roberts, another two shots back at 134.

Watson, trying to follow his British Open runner-up finish Sunday with a fourth Senior British Open title, shot 69 to share sixth place.

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Jerry Kelly topped the leaderboard in the rain-delayed Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario, shooting a 7-under 65 in the completion of the first round and reaching 11 under overall with three holes remaining in the second.

Camilo Villegas, Tim Herron, Martin Laird and Nathan Green were a stroke back.

Villegas, tied for the first-round lead with Kevin Na after a 63 in the morning, also had three holes to play. Herron had two holes to go, Laird one and Green six.

Na, unable to start play, and Bob Estes were 9 under. Estes had five holes left.

The 42-year-old Kelly, the New Orleans winner in April, had seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch in the first round on the rain-softened Glen Abbey course.

In the second round, Kelly had five birdies and a bogey before play was suspended for the day because of lightning at 7:29 p.m. -- 29 minutes after a nearly three-hour delay. About 20 minutes after play was called, the course was drenched again.


Ai Miyazato of Japan shot a 6-under 66 to share the second-round lead at the Evian Masters in Evian-Les-Bains, France. Michelle Wie was eight shots back after a 70.

Miyazato shares the lead at 9-under 135 with joint first-round leader Na Yeon Choi of South Korea (68) and Becky Brewerton of Wales, who bogeyed the 16th and 17th to shoot 68.

In-Kyung Kim of South Korea, the other first-round co-leader, was a shot back in fourth.

Despite a double bogey on the fourth, Wie hit five birdies in her round to retain a chance of gaining points for a place on the U.S. Solheim Cup team for next month's matchup against Europe.

After finishing Thursday's opening round at 3 over, top-ranked Lorena Ochoa began her second round with bogeys on the first two holes. But the Mexican made a string of birdies to shoot a 69 to be at even par.

-- The Associated Press

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