Miyazato takes lead at Evian Masters

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CARNOUSTIE, Scot­land — Amer­i­can Ry­der Cup cap­tain Corey Pavin shot a sec­ond straight 2-un­der-par 69 Fri­day to share the sec­ond-round lead with Bern­hard Langer of Ger­many at the Se­nior Bri­tish Open.

Pavin and Langer (71) have 4-un­der to­tals of 138 and are one shot ahead of a quar­tet that in­cludes Ian Woos­nam (67) and Jay Haas (69).

Pavin was among the early starters and looked set to take a com­mand­ing lead be­fore fin­ish­ing with a dou­ble-bo­gey 6 at the 18th af­ter hit­ting his sec­ond shot out of bounds.

Langer had to deal with a bit­ing cold wind later in the day but also got to 6 un­der be­fore bo­geys on two of the par-3 holes. At the short 13th, his tee shot landed in a deep pot bunker, and he missed the green at the 16th with a 5-iron and was un­able to get up and down.

Langer has 10 wins in three years on the Cham­pi­ons Tour, but is still look­ing for his first vic­tory in a se­nior ma­jor.

Amer­i­cans Dan Fors­man (71) and Larry Mize (70) were also tied for sec­ond.

Tom Wat­son, who missed the cut in his last Bri­tish Open ap­pear­ance at St. An­drews last week, had no prob­lem mak­ing sure he will be around for the week­end this time. He sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the last green for a par 71 to re­main 3 over. Amer­i­can Corey Pavin, above, shot a 69 Fri­day at the Se­nior Bri­tish Open to tie Bern­hard Langer of Ger­many for the lead. lead with Dean Wil­son in the Cana­dian Open, in an­other low-scor­ing day at straighthit­ter friendly St. Ge­orge’s.

Wil­son had his sec­ond straight 65 to match Clark at 10-un­der 130.

Brent De­la­hous­saye and Steve Wheatcroft were a stroke back. De­la­hous­saye had a 69 a day af­ter match­ing the Cana­dian Open record with a 62.

Wheatcroft shot a 66. J.J. Henry (65), Rob Grube (66), Hunter Ma­han (67) and Brock Macken­zie (68) were at 8 un­der, and Tim Her­ron (63) and de­fend­ing cham­pion Nathan Green (65) topped the group at 7 un­der. Swe­den, who had a 66.

Bri­tish Open cham­pion Louis Oosthuizen was one of the overnight lead­ers, but he slipped to third af­ter a round of 70, leav­ing him two strokes be­hind Choi and even with Ar­gentina’s Rafa Echenique.

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Mika Miyazato of Ja­pan shot a 5-un­der 67 for the sec­ond-round lead at the Evian Masters.

Michelle Wie started the day tied for sixth at 4 un­der, but slipped down the leader­board at 1 over af­ter a slug­gish round (77) that in­cluded a quin­tu­ple bo­gey on the 10th hole.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Ai Miyazato of Ja­pan man­aged a 72 to stay six shots off the lead.

Sun-Ju Ahn, Mor­gan Pres­sel and Melissa Reid shared the first-round lead at 6 un­der, but they strug­gled as thun­der­storms sus­pended play.

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