Koepka Grabs 36-Hole PGA Cushion
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Brooks Koepka is tuning up quite nicely for the U.S. Open at the event he added at the deadline.
Koepka, who had a share of the lead after the first round, shot a 3-under 67 Friday to lead the St. Jude Classic by a stroke after 36 holes. He turned in a four birdie-one bogey round for a 9-under 131.
Fellow American Austin Cook (64) was at 132.
Steve Alker briefly had the lead at 10 under with two holes to play only to finish bogey-double bogey. He had a 68-133 total.
Chris Smith (67), Russell Knox of Scotland (64) and Greg Owen (70) were among seven tied at 134. Ryan Palmer (71) shared the first-round lead with Koepka and Owen and was tied with four at 134.
HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) – Sei Young Kim of South Korea eagled the 15th hole for a 5-under 68 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second major of the season.
Kim overtook Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, who birdied the 18th for a 71. Two-time defending champion Inbee Park (68) joined Webb a stroke back.
The 22-year-old Kim, a two-time winner this season on the LPGA Tour, shot bogey-free golf to finish at 8-under 138 at the Westchester Country Club.
Suzann Pettersen rallied with seven birdies for the best round of the day at 66 and tied Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson (73) at 6 under.
Overnight leader Jenny Shin (75) and third-ranked Stacy Lewis (71) were three shots behind the leader.
The tournament, run by the PGA of America for the first time, is the second of the LPGA Tour’s five major championships.