Kim as­sumes 4-shot lead

He’s seek­ing first PGA Tour win in John Deere Clas­sic

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - EXTRA -

SILVIS, Ill. — Michael Kim took a four-shot lead Fri­day at the John Deere Clas­sic in the Quad Cities, which was sus­pended twice be­cause of weather con­cerns.

Kim, who is win­less in 84 ca­reer PGA Tour starts, was 16 un­der through 35 holes, with the sec­ond round to be com­pleted Satur­day morn­ing.

Kim birdied eight of his first 14 holes with­out a bo­gey to race past first-round leader Steve Wheatcroft, who shot 68. Wheatcroft was 12 un­der along with David Hearn (64) and for­mer Virginia Tech stand­out John­son Wag­ner (66).

Francesco Moli­nari was 11 un­der along with Matt Jones and Bron­son Bur­goon, who made two ea­gles on Fri­day and was 8 un­der for the round with three holes to play.

Denny McCarthy (Virginia) is 15th at 8 un­der, Bren­don de Jonge (Virginia Tech) is tied for 24th at 6 un­der and Lanto Grif­fin (VCU) is tied for 47th at 4 un­der.

The 24-year-old Kim, a for­mer stand­out at Cal, Kim, pushed his lead to three shots by hit­ting a wedge from 111 yards to within 5 feet for birdie on the par-4 13th.

Kim, who had missed the cut in 14 of 22 starts this sea­son, fol­lowed that up with a 13-footer for birdie on the par-4 14th.

Wheatcroft, who led on Thurs­day af­ter the best round of his ca­reer, made three bo­geys on his back nine. But he’s still in po­si­tion for his first top-10 fin­ish of the sea­son.

Fri­day’s round was de­layed by nearly an hour be­cause of poor weather. It was re­sumed and then called be­cause of an­other batch of storms that de­scended on the area.

Parel leads Se­nior Play­ers event by 1

HIGH­LAND PARK, Ill. —Scott Parel grabbed a one-stroke lead in the Con­stel­la­tion Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship, shoot­ing a 6-un­der 66 in the sec­ond round to reach 11 un­der.

The 53-year-old Parel made seven birdies af­ter start­ing the day two shots off the lead. He is seek­ing his first PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons vic­tory.

Parel re­mained in the lead when Jeff Mag­gert three-putted from about 15 feet to bo­gey the par-4 18th. That left Mag­gert (68) tied with Brandt Jobe (67) at 10 un­der in the fourth of five ma­jors on the tour’s sched­ule.

Three-time cham­pion Bern­hard Langer (67), de­fend­ing cham­pion Scott McCar­ron (68), Kenny Perry (70) and Vi­jay Singh (67) were in a pack two strokes off the lead.

Parel pulled ahead even though he was a bit off tar­get with his driver. He fin­ished with a birdie on 18.

Hen­der­son, Hed­wall share LPGA lead

SYL­VA­NIA, Ohio — Brooke Hen­der­son shot a bo­gey-free 5-un­der 66 to move into a tie for the lead af­ter two rounds at the Marathon Clas­sic.

The 20-year-old Cana­dian and Caro­line Hed­wall of Swe­den were at 9-un­der 133 through 36 holes. Thi­dapa Suwan­na­pura was one shot back.

Hen­der­son and Hed­wall each birdied the fi­nal two holes at High­land Mead­ows, which are par 5s.

Hed­wall is look­ing for her first LPGA Tour vic­tory. Hen­der­son won ear­lier this sea­son in Hawaii, the sixth of her ca­reer.

De­fend­ing cham­pion I.K. Kim was three strokes behind. Sei Young Kim, who shot an LPGA Tour­record 31-un­der 257 to win last week’s event in Wis­con­sin, was eight shots back af­ter a 1-over.


Michael Kim eyes his tee shot on the ninth hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Clas­sic. Kim leads by four shots.

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