Leader should pull up rank

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David Ling­merth took a step to­ward turn­ing his game around with a sev­e­nun­der-par 65 at the Me­mo­rial on Fri­day. It gave the Swede a one-shot lead go­ing into the week­end at Dublin, Ohio.

Ling­merth, a 28-year-old ranked 212th in the world, is at 12-un­der 132 af­ter mak­ing birdies on 14 of his last 30 holes.

For Ja­son Dufner, it has been a thrill a minute.

Dufner made a five on a par three and a three on a par five. And that was be­fore he made a hole in one — his fourth ea­gle of the week — on the par-three 16th hole. He fol­lowed that with a bo­gey. It was rel­a­tively bor­ing af­ter that, and the for­mer PGA cham­pion wound up with a 67 that put him in the fi­nal group with Ling­merth, just one shot be­hind.

Dufner didn’t have much to say — he rarely does, even when he won the PGA Cham­pi­onship two years ago — and spoke only to Ohio-based re­porters. Un­til a tie for eighth last week at the AT&T By­ron Nel­son, he had gone just over a year with­out a top 10 on Amer­i­can soil.

“I’m hit­ting it re­ally good,” Dufner said. “I’m hav­ing enough good holes, good shots, to off­set some of the mis­takes I’ve had.”

Ryan Moore, gear­ing up for a U.S. Open near his home­town out­side Ta­coma, Wash, had an­other 67 and was at 10-un­der 134, along with Andy Sul­li­van of Eng­land, who can earn a spot at Cham­bers Bay with a good week at the Me­mo­rial.

A trio of past cham­pi­ons — Hideki Mat­suyama, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose — were in the group that was three shots be­hind. Join­ing them was Pa­trick Rodgers, who made eight birdies in a round of 66 and is poised to se­cure at least tem­po­rary PGA Tour membership.

Masters cham­pion Jor­dan Spi­eth went out in 31 and was creep­ing up on the lead when he wound up on the wrong side of the 10th green and made dou­ble bo­gey, and he never re­cov­ered. Spi­eth missed a half-dozen putts from 10 feet or in and had to set­tle for a 70 that put him six shots be­hind.

Phil Mick­el­son made a late ea­gle for a 68 and was in the group at four-un­der 140. Tiger Woods had to make a par putt on the 18th hole to avoid miss­ing the cut in a tour­na­ment he has won five times. He was at one un­der. LPGA

Suzann Pet­tersen shot a seven-un­der 65 for a share of the sec­ond-round lead with Colom­bia’s Mari­ajo Uribe in the Man­ulife LPGA Clas­sic at Cam­bridge, Canada.

Pet­tersen had seven birdies in a 10-hole stretch at Whis­tle Bear Golf Club. The 34-year-old Nor­we­gian won the last of her 14 LPGA Tour ti­tles in 2013. Uribe had five birdies in a 66 to match Pet­tersen at 13-un­der 131.

Cristie Kerr, tied for the first-round lead with Cheyenne Woods and P.K. Kongkraphan af­ter match­ing the course record with a 63, was a stroke back af­ter a 69.

Woods had a 73 to drop into a tie for 19th at eight un­der. She is Tiger Woods’ niece. Cham­pi­ons

Bill An­drade and Ar­gentina’s Jose Co­ceres share the first-round lead at six-un­der 66 in the Cham­pi­ons Tour’s Prin­ci­pal Char­ity Clas­sic at Des Moines.

An­drade had seven birdies and a three-putt bo­gey on No. 14 at Wakonda Club. The four-time PGA Tour win­ner teamed with Joe Du­ran to win the Leg­ends of Golf in April for his first Cham­pi­ons Tour ti­tle.

Co­ceres had six birdies — four on the fi­nal seven holes — in his bo­gey-free round.



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