Schwartzel shares lead in South Africa

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Pier marco tacca / ap

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel shot a sec­on­dround 64 to surge into a share of the lead on day two at the Al­fred Dun­hill Cham­pi­onship on Fri­day in Male­lane, South Africa.

The former Masters cham­pion had six birdies and an ea­gle in his 8un­der round to go to 13un­der 131 and even with overnight leader Gre­gory Bourdy at the half­way stage. The French­man had a 7-un­der 65 at the sec­ond event of the new Euro­pean Tour sea­son.

■ Daniel Popovic main­tained a share of the lead af­ter the sec­ond day of the Aus­tralian PGA. Popovic fol­lowed his open­ing-round 64 with a 2-un­der 70 and is tied with tour rookie Zhang Xin­jun (67) at 10-un­der 134, two shots clear of the field in Coolum, Aus­tralia.

■ Spain’s Ser­gio Gar­cia birdied five of his first 12 holes in the Jo­hor Open in Malaysia on Fri­day for a share of the lead in the sus­pended sec­ond round. Gar­cia was 9 un­der over­all with eight holes left when dark­ness forced the sus­pen­sion of play in the Asian Tour event.

■ Ital­ian brothers Francesco and Edoardo Moli­nari beat Ja­pan’s Yoshi­nori Fu­ji­moto and China’s Wu Ashun 2 and 1 in the Royal Tro­phy on Fri­day to help Europe take a 3 ½-½ lead over Asia af­ter the open­ing four­somes matches in Ban­dar Seri Be­gawan, Brunei. Af­ter four four­ball matches Satur­day, the event will con­clude Sun­day with eight sin­gles matches. aged Lind­sey to seek treat­ment and she went to see a doc­tor. She de­scribes in the in­ter­view how it seemed her life was per­fect but “be­hind the scenes, it was a strug­gle.”

Vonn told the mag­a­zine that she’s hap­pier th­ese days. “All the parts of my life are fi­nally in sync,” she said. “I ac­cept who I am, and I’m mov­ing for­ward.”

■ Lara Gut and Vonn had mixed for­tunes Fri­day in Val d’Isere, France. Gut won her first World Cup down­hill in 1 minute, 19.75 sec­onds. Vonn had a rare crash in her strong­est dis­ci­pline to miss out on a fifth straight win in speed events this sea­son. Amer­i­can Leanne Smith was .16 sec­ond be­hind in sec­ond place.

■ Over­all World Cup leader Ak­sel Lund Svin­dal ex­tended his re­cent dom­i­nance in speed races with a su­per-G vic­tory Fri­day in Val Gar­dena, Italy, win­ning by a large mar­gin. The Nor­we­gian clocked 1 minute, 36.95 sec­onds, more than a sec­ond ahead of the sec­ond-place fin­isher. 200-me­ter in­di­vid­ual med­ley Fri­day at the short-course world cham­pi­onships in Is­tan­bul, and he cel­e­brated by giv­ing his medal to a boy in the crowd.

“To see that smile on that lit­tle face means ev­ery­thing to me,” said Lochte, who fin­ished the eight laps in 1 minute and 49.63 sec­onds — break­ing his mark of 1:50.08.

U.S. ski­ing star Lind­sey Vonn, who told a mag­a­zine of her de­pres­sion strug­gle, hangs her head af­ter crash­ing dur­ing a down­hill race in France on Fri­day.

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