Cink rides 2 eagles to Travelers lead
CROMWELL, Conn. — Stewart Cink moved to the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard Friday, making two long eagle putts in a 6-under 64 that left him a stroke ahead of defending champion Hunter Mahan and two others.
Cink, the 1997 winner at TPC River Highlands, is seeking his first victory of the season after six top-10 finishes.
“I hope it’s just a matter of time,” said Cink, who opened with a 66 on Thursday en route to a 10-under 130 total. “I hope it’s a matter of about two days.”
It didn’t look good early for Cink, who began the day at 4 under and promptly bogeyed the first two holes. He got one back with a birdie at the third before knocking in a 26-foot putt for eagle on the par-5 sixth. He bettered that shot by curling in a 49-foot right-to-left eagle putt on the 13th.
Mahan shot a 63, the best round of the day, to join Ken Duke and Lucas Glover at 9-under. Duke and Glover shot 66s.
Mahan has been under par in 10 of his last 11 rounds at the TPC River Highlands, where he won last year in a playoff with journeyman Jay Williamson. Mahan tied for second in 2006 and has made five consecutive cuts on the course.
In Rochester, N.Y., Morgan Pressel shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen midway through the Wegmans LPGA.
Pressel, the youngest major winner in LPGA Tour history, had a second bogey-free round to break open a leaderboard logjam and get to 10-under 134.
Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot 70 to drop into a tie for 17th at 2 under. Annika Sorenstam (72), who is stepping away from the tour at the end of the season, finished her second round at 1 over and narrowly avoided being cut out of weekend play for the first time in 40 events dating to May 2006.
Pettersen, a five-time tour winner last year, chipped in for birdie on No. 9 — her last hole — to match Pressel’s 65 and get to 9 under.
Michelle Wie matched her opening-round 71 to get to 2 under.
Bank of America Championship
In Concord, Mass., Tom Kite matched the course record with a 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the Bank of America Championship.
The 57-year-old Kite birdied the first three holes at Nashawtuc Country Club and played the front nine in 6-under 30 in the Champions Tour event. Two strokes ahead of Mark McNulty and David Eger, Kite matched Allen Doyle’s tournament record set in 2003.
Kite, McNulty and defending champion Jay Haas played in the same threesome and had a cumulative score of 20 under. Haas, seeking his third straight Champions Tour victory, made the group’s only bogey, on the par-4 12th en route to a 68.
BMW International Open
In Munich, Germany, Germany’s Martin Kaymer shot a 9-under 63 to take a five-stroke lead after the second round of the BMW International Open.
The 23-year-old Kaymer, the Abu Dhabi winner in January, had a 13-under 131 total. He’s attempting to become the first German winner of the event in its 20-year history.
France’s Francois Delamontagne (66) and England’s Benn Barham (68) were tied for second. John Daly missed the cut by a stroke with his second straight 72.
U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links
In Erin, Wis., UCLA star Tiffany Joh moved within a match of her second U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in three years, winning twice to advance to the 36-hole final against Southern California recruit Jennifer Song.
Joh, the 2006 winner at Walking Stick in Pueblo, Colo., beat Lee Lopez of Whittier, Calif., 2 and 1 in the quarterfinals, then edged Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Calif., 4 and 3 in the semifinals on the 6,158-yard, par-73 Erin Hills course.
Song, from South Korea, beat Lauren Doughtie of Suffolk, Va., 4 and 3 in the morning, and topped Stephanie Kono of Honolulu 2-up in the afternoon.