Wat­son shares U. S. Se­nior Open lead

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Tom Wat­son with­stood the scorch­ing heat to shoot a one- un­der 69 Fri­day, f inishing in a three- way tie atop a bunched leader­board af­ter the sec­ond round of the U. S. Se­nior Open at Sacra­mento.

The 65- year- old Wat­son was joined at f ive- un­der 135 for the cham­pi­onship by Jeff Mag­gert and Peter Fowler. Mag­gert shot a 65 and Fowler a 66 in their morn­ing rounds.

Wat­son made four birdies and three bo­geys at Del Paso Coun­try Club, where the tem­per­a­ture soared above 100 de­grees. Wat­son is try­ing to be­come the old­est win­ner of the event, the old­est to win a se­nior ma­jor and the old­est to win on the Cham­pi­ons Tour.

“The il­lu­sion that I can still do it,” Wat­son re­sponded, when asked what keeps him play­ing com­pet­i­tive golf.”

Rocco Me­di­ate, who is at two un­der af­ter a sec­on­dround 66, said of Wat­son’s play: “Not sur­pris­ing. I don’t know what else to say about it. He’s got very much con­trol of his golf ball.” Trav­el­ers

Bubba Wat­son shot a three- un­der 67 to main­tain a two- stroke lead af­ter the sec­ond round of the Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship at Cromwell, Conn. Wat­son had three birdies in a bo­gey- free morn­ing round to en­ter week­end play at 11- un­der 129. Brian Har­man birdied two of his fi­nal three holes dur­ing an af­ter­noon round of 65 to join Brian Stu­ard and Carl Pet­ters­son at nine un­der. LPGA

Mi Jung Hur birdied her fi­nal five holes to reach eight un­der and top the leader­board in the LPGA Tour’s rain- ham­pered NW Arkansas Cham­pi­onship. Hur com­pleted 14 holes be­fore play was sus­pended be­cause of dark­ness at Pin­na­cle Coun­try Club in Rogers, Ark. Aza­hara Munoz birdied six of eight holes in a six­un­der 65 for a share of the club­house lead. Munoz was tied with Brit­tany Lin­ci­come and Anna Nordqvist.

Top- ranked In­bee Park had a 69, and de­fend­ing cham­pion Stacy Lewis was four un­der with three holes left. In­ter­na­tional

Spain’s Rafa Cabr­eraBello shot a 67 to take a on­e­stroke lead at 12- un­der 132 af­ter the sec­ond round of the BMW In­ter­na­tional Open at Mu­nich. Ger­man star Martin Kaymer missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 71.

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