KERR LEADER OF SCOT­TISH OPEN AF­TER HER 73

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Cristie Kerr birdied three of the last six holes in strong wind Fri­day at Dun­don­ald Links for a 1-over-par 73 and a one-stroke lead over Hall of Famer Kar­rie Webb in the Ladies Scot­tish Open.

Kerr played the first 11 holes in 4-over, with a dou­ble bo­gey on the par-5 third and bo­geys on Nos. 6 and 11. The 39-year-old Amer­i­can had a 5-un­der 139 to­tal.

“It was tough,” Kerr said. “I didn’t hit it that great to­day, but I still man­aged. My cad­die and I man­aged the golf course well, and we made the re­cov­ery shots when we needed to. I’m just go­ing to go hit a few balls and try to find the feel. It’s hard when you play back to back in heavy wind with the swing, but we’ll work on it.”

She won the Lotte Cham­pi­onship in April in Hawaii for her 19th LPGA Tour ti­tle.

“You never know with the weather. I’m try­ing not to get ahead of my­self in this weather,” Kerr said. “Just try to hit it pretty well and make some putts and get up-and-down some­times, and we’ll see what hap­pens.”

Webb, a stroke ahead of Kerr af­ter a first-round 65, shot a 75 to drop be­hind. The 42-year-old Aus­tralian star had a dou­ble bo­gey, four bo­geys and three pars.

South Kore­ans Sun Young Yoo (69) and Sei Young Kim (72) were tied for third at 3-un­der.

“I’m very pleased,” Yoo said. “It wasn’t easy out there. It was windy. Tried to make par ev­ery hole. Didn’t try too hard. I think that worked re­ally good.”

Michelle Wie was tied for 11th at 1-over af­ter a 73.

Ly­dia Ko missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 79. She has gone a full year with­out win­ning on the LPGA Tour.

Langer shares lead.

BRIDBRIDGEND, WALES» Bern­hard Langer shot a 3-un­der 74 in rain and wind at Royal Porth­cawl to hold on to a share of the Se­nior Bri­tish Open lead.

The 59-year-old Ger­man star was tied at 1-over with Amer­i­cans Tom Lehman (72), Steve Flesch (71) and Billy May­fair (72) and Ar­gentina’s Mauri­cio Molina (73). Amer­i­can Clark Den­nis (72) was 2-over.

The 36-hole cut came at 13-over, sec­ond-high­est since the tour­na­ment be­came a PGA Tour Champi- ons event to the 15-over in 2005.

Chesters tops at 9-un­der.

HAM­BURG» Ash­ley Chesters fired a 5-un­der 67 on Fri­day to take the lead at 9-un­der in the sec­ond round of the Euro­pean Open, which was sus­pended be­cause of fad­ing light and a heavy down­pour.

The 27-year-old, who also had a bo­gey-free round on the open­ing day, was tied with fel­low English­man Jor­dan Smith at 8-un­der when play was halted.

U.S. Girls’ Ju­nior.

Er­ica Shep­herd and Jennifer Chang each won two matches Fri­day at Boone Val­ley in Au­gusta, Mo., to ad­vance to the U.S. Girls’ Ju­nior fi­nal.

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