Love-snedeker set scoring mark
Their 10 under is the lowest opening score in event’s 24 years.
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.