Golf Capsules

September 17, 2016 GMT

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — In Gee Chun shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Evian Championship, keeping the South Korean player on course for the second major title.

The 22-year-old Chun, the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open champion, had six birdies and bogey in in rainy and overcast conditions to reach 13-under 129 on the picturesque resort overlooking Lake Geneva.

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park, tied for the first-round lead with Chun after a 63, to match China’s Shanshan Feng (68) at 11 under.

So Yeon Ryu, also from South Korea, was 10 under after a 66.


Defending champion Lydia Ko was 4 under after a 68. Second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn was 11 strokes back following a 73 with a 67.


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Paul Broadhurst shot a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Nature Valley First Tee Open.

The 51-year-old Broadhurst won the Senior British Open at Carnoustie in July for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour. He won six times on the European Tour and played in the 1991 Ryder Cup.

With the professionals playing alongside boys and girls from The First Tee programs throughout the country, Broadhurst had 6-under 30 on the front nine. He had two birdies and two bogeys on the back.

U.S. Senior Open winner Gene Sauers, Craig Parry, Jay Don Blake, Kevin Sutherland and Tom Pernice Jr. were 4 under. Sauers, Parry and Blake shot 68 at Pebble Beach, and Sutherland and Pernice shot 67 at Poppy Hills.

Bernhard Langer opened with a 70 at Poppy Hills. The 59-year-old German star leads the tour with four victories this season. John Daly had two triple bogeys in a 74 at Pebble Beach. Fellow major champion Vijay Singh had a 75 at Pebble Beach, making three bogeys in a birdie-less round.


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Andrew Johnston shot an 8-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead in the Albertsons Boise Open, putting the bearded Englishmen in position to wrap up a PGA Tour card.

Eighth in the British Open in July, Johnston had 10 birdies and two bogeys to reach 13-under 129 at Hillcrest in the second of four Web.com Tour Finals events.

Three-time PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings and Argentina’s Miguel Angel Carballo were tied for second. Stallings had a 65, and Carballo shot 64.

The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings — Stallings was 128th, and Carbello 187th — and some non-members such as Johnston with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had they been eligible.


The top 25 players on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.


RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) — Hye Jin Choi shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to help push South Korea’s lead to 14 strokes in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championships.

Sixteen-year-old Min Ji Park added a 70 at Iberostar Playa Paraiso for a 19-under 413 total, with only the best two scores counting each day for the three-player teams. Hyun Kyung Park had a 71.

The 17-year-old Choi, the low amateur at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, also topped the individual standings at 9-under 207 — three strokes ahead of Switerland’s Kim Metraux.

South Korea won the Espirito Santo Trophy in 1996, 2010 and 2012.

Switzerland was second. Metraux had a 69, sister and Florida State teammate Morgane Metraux shot 76, and Azelia Meichtry had an 82. The United States was seventh at 4 over. Andrea Lee shot 70, Mariel Galdiano 75, and Katelyn Dambaugh 78.


MONZA, Italy (AP) — England’s Chris Paisley topped the Italian Open leaderboard at 10 under after 13 holes when play was suspended for the day because of thunderstorms.

Masters champion Danny Willett of England was a stroke back, also with five holes left in the second round at Golf Club Milano next to Monza’s Formula One circuit.