Love-snedeker set scor­ing mark

Their 10 un­der is the low­est open­ing score in event’s 24 years.

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NAPLES, FLA. — U.S. Ry­der Cup cap­tain Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker shot a 10-un­der 62 on Fri­day in mod­i­fied al­ter­nateshot play to take the firstround lead in the Franklin Tem­ple­ton Shootout.

Love said ev­ery­one on the U.S. team wanted to play with Snedeker, a cap­tain’s pick, so he took that ad­vice this week.

“That’s why I was so ex­cited to play with him, be­cause I knew it would be fun and com­fort­able,” Love said.

Love and Snedeker made 10 birdies for the low­est score in the mod­i­fied al­ter­nate-shot for­mat in the 24-year-old tour­na­ment’s 12 years in Naples. They tied the third-low­est score over­all.

“For the first time in my ca­reer, I got to feel like what it’s like to be Davis Love, to hit from some of his tee shots, and hit from some of his beau­ti­ful iron shots on th­ese par-3s, and re­al­ize how the game is sup­posed to be played,” Snedeker said.

Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair were two strokes back on the Ritz-Carl­ton Golf Re­sort’s Tiburon Golf Club.

The teams of Bud Cauley and Rickie Fowler, Ja­son Dufner and Vi­jay Singh, and Charles How­ell III and Rory Sab­ba­tini were third at 6 un­der. De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Kee­gan Bradley and Bren­dan Steele and 2010 win­ners Dustin John­son and Ian Poul­ter, and Ste­wart Cink and Carl Pettersson fol­lowed at 5 un­der.

The 12 teams will play best ball to­day, then close the Greg Norman-hosted event with a scram­ble Sun­day.

Thai­land Open: Charl Schwartzel in­creased his lead to four strokes over Daniel Cho­pra in Chon Buri, Thai­land, with a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 7un­der 65. Schwartzel is at 14-un­der 130 af­ter the sec­ond round in a field that in­cludes Bubba Wat­son and Ser­gio Gar­cia.

Aus­tralian Open: Euro­pean Tour player Mar­cus Fraser of Aus­tralia shot a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 3-un­der 69 to take a one-stroke lead af­ter two rounds in Syd­ney. Fraser sits at 6-un­der 138, ahead of Bren­dan Jones (71) and first-round leader John Sen­den (73), who are tied for sec­ond. Tom Wat­son fol­lowed a 78 with a 68 to make the cut by one stroke.

Dubai Ladies Masters: China’s Shan­shan Feng shot a 5-un­der 67 to take a five-stroke lead over Dewi Claire Schree­fel at 18-un­der 198 into the fi­nal round in Syd­ney. De­fend­ing cham­pion Lexi Thompson (72) trails by 11 shots, while Michelle Wie (70) is 15 strokes off the pace.

Euro­pean Tour: The start of the tour’s sea­sonopen­ing Nel­son Man­dela Cham­pi­onship was de­layed for a sec­ond straight day af­ter heavy rain left most of the course un­der water.

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