Thomas sets PGA 36-hole scor­ing record

Houston Chronicle - - FOR THE RECORD - From staff and wire re­ports

HONOLULU — Justin Thomas fin­ished with an­other ea­gle and made it into the PGA Tour record book again Fri­day.

Thomas holed an eight­foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 6-un­der 64 to set the 36-hole scor­ing record at 123. He also had a five-shot lead over Gary Wood­land go­ing into the week­end, when the fo­cus shifts from records to a tro­phy.

Com­ing off a 59, Thomas started slowly un­til run­ning off four con­sec­u­tive birdies around the turn. He bo­geyed the 17th hole from the bunker, then hit out of the rough to 8 feet on the last hole to atone for it.

Wood­land had a se­cond con­sec­u­tive 64 and was at 12-un­der 128. Olympic gold medal­ist Justin Rose (64) and Zach John­son (61) were in a group seven shots back.

GOLF Austin takes his turn at a 59

Woody Austin shot a 12-un­der-par 59 in the Di­a­mond Re­sorts In­vi­ta­tional at Or­lando, Fla., scor­ing 43 points in the mod­i­fied Sta­ble­ford event for PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons, LPGA Tour and celebrity play­ers.

Com­ing off off­sea­son her­nia surgery, Austin, 52, closed with a three-foot par putt in pour­ing rain. He holed a 47-yard pitch for ea­gle on the par-5 ninth and had 10 birdies on the Four Sea­sons Re­sort’s 6,626-yard Tran­quilo course. He earned six points for the ea­gle and three for each birdie.

Kevin Suther­land shot the only 59 in of­fi­cial PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons play, ac­com­plish­ing the feat in the 2014 Dick’s Sport­ing Goods Open. On Thurs­day in the Sony Open in Hawaii, Justin Thomas had an 11-un­der 59 to be­come the sev­enth player with a sub-60 round in PGA Tour his­tory.

Joe Du­rant was se­cond in the pro com­pe­ti­tion with 34 points, fol­lowed by Brandt Jobe at 33, and Kenny Perry at 32. Lexi Thomp­son was tied for 13th with 26 points to top the four LPGA Tour play­ers in the field. In other news: • Rory McIl­roy re­mained in con­tention in the SA Open at Jo­han­nes­burg de­spite a back prob­lem that nearly forced him to with­draw be­fore the round. The se­cond-ranked McIl­roy shot a 4-un­der 68, leav­ing him three strokes be­hind leader Graeme Storm of Eng­land. Storm shot a course-record 63 to reach 12-un­der 132.

BASE­BALL Ar­ri­eta, Harper land big deals

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Ar­ri­eta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Bal­ti­more stand­outs Manny Machado and Zach Brit­ton got big-money deals as more than 100 ma­jor lea­guers reached agree­ments for 2017 and left just 27 play­ers on track for salary ar­bi­tra­tion.

Af­ter help­ing lead the Cubs to their first World Se­ries ti­tle since 1908, Ar­ri­eta agreed to a one-year deal for $15,637,500. He can be­come a free agent af­ter this sea­son.

Harper, who slumped af­ter win­ning the 2015 NL MVP award, agreed at $13,625,000, leav­ing him­self with one more year of ar­bi­tra­tion el­i­gi­bil­ity be­fore he can go on the open mar­ket.

Machado, the Ori­oles’ slug­ging third base­man and Gold Glove win­ner, got $11.5 mil­lion, while Brit­ton, who led the AL in saves, ac­cepted $11.4 mil­lion.

TEN­NIS Djokovic’s draw could be tough

Six-time Aus­tralian Open cham­pion No­vak Djokovic drew a dif­fi­cult first-round op­po­nent in Fer­nando Ver­dasco, and Roger Fed­erer’s fall in the rank­ings com­pli­cated his chances at Melbourne Park af­ter he ended up in same quar­ter as topranked Andy Mur­ray, No. 5 Kei Nishikori and No. 10 To­mas Berdych.

The of­fi­cial draw for the sea­son’s first ma­jor de­liv­ered an awk­ward op­po­nent for se­cond-seeded Djokovic. Ver­dasco had an up­set win over fel­low Spa­niard Rafael Nadal in the first round last year and had five match points be­fore los­ing to Djokovic in the semi­fi­nals at Doha last week.

Six-time women’s cham­pion Ser­ena Wil­liams, aim­ing for an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tle, drew a chal­leng­ing first-round op­po­nent in Swiss teenager Belinda Ben­cic — who was seeded 12th last year — and also had No. 9 Johanna Konta, No. 17 Caro­line Woz­ni­acki and No. 6 Do­minika Cibulkova in her quar­ter.

SOC­CER Dy­namo ac­quire DeLaGarza

The Dy­namo were ex­tra busy on the first day of the MLS Su­perDraft, us­ing one trade to help make an­other one.

The Dy­namo ac­quired full­back A.J. DeLaGarza, 29, from the Los Angeles Galaxy in ex­change for $125,000 in gen­eral al­lo­ca­tion money and $50,000 in tar­geted al­lo­ca­tion money.

The Dy­namo also ac­quired $100,000 in gen­eral al­lo­ca­tion money as part of a trade with Port­land that net­ted the Dy­namo the No. 10 over­all pick and an in­ter­na­tional ros­ter spot for the 2017 sea­son. The Dy­namo sent the No. 4 over­all pick to Port­land.

The Dy­namo picked Hof­s­tra Univer­sity mid­fielder Joseph Hol­land with the No. 10 over­all pick. Hol­land, a 24-yearold na­tive of London, had 19 goals and 28 as­sists in 72 ap­pear­ances over four sea­sons at Hof­s­tra. In the se­cond round, the Dy­namo picked Univer­sity of Tulsa keeper Jake McGuire and Univer­sity of Akron de­fender Danilo Rad­jen.

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Washington’s Jay Beagle (83) was no match for the Chicago de­fense Fri­day, scor­ing twice in the Cap­i­tals’ 6-0 vic­tory at home. Washington has won eight in a row.

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