Kim assumes 4-shot lead
He’s seeking first PGA Tour win in John Deere Classic
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.