Walker leads Bridge­stone; Spi­eth and Rory loom­ing

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press Sam Greenwood, Getty Im­ages

AKRON, OHIO» The sun fi­nally came out, and Jimmy Walker saw a glimpse of what he hopes are brighter days ahead.

In a year marked by coping with Lyme dis­ease and bouts of fa­tigue, Walker en­dured rain de­lays of nearly five hours Fri­day and posted a 5-un­der 65 for a twoshot lead go­ing into the week­end at the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional.

The tim­ing couldn’t be bet­ter for Walker, who goes to Quail Hol­low next week to de­fend his ti­tle in the PGA Cham­pi­onship.

“It hadn’t been fun this year,” Walker said. “But it’s nice to see some putts go in and make some solid swings and keep rounds go­ing, make par putts, just the stuff I haven’t been do­ing.”

He was at 7-un­der 133, two shots ahead of Thomas Pi­eters of Bel­gium, who had a 70.

He also has a slew of play­ers not far be­hind him in this World Golf Cham­pi­onship. Rory McIl­roy put to­gether a steady round of 69 and was three shots back, along with Zach John­son and Hideki Mat­suyama, who each shot 67.

Jor­dan Spi­eth is tied for sixth.

Kim takes 2-shot lead.

I.K. Kim, the best player in women’s golf right now, emerged from the cold and wet with a 4-un­der 68 to build a two-shot lead in the Women’s British Open go­ing into the week­end.

Curry cut, Yun leads.

HAY­WARD, CALIF.» Stephen Curry missed the cut against pro­fes­sional golfers one notch be­low the PGA Tour.

But not be­fore leav­ing some of golf’s best play­ers im­pressed that a two-time MVP for the Golden State War­riors could en­ter their arena and look re­spectable.

Curry opened with a 4-over 74 on the TPC Stone­brae and needed a ca­reer round to stay for the week­end.

In­stead, he shot 39 on the front nine and fin­ished 8 over for the tour­na­ment, well be­low the pro­jected cut at the El­lie Mae Clas­sic.

An­drew Yun leads at 13-un­der 127 af­ter a sec­ond-round 62.

Perry hold­ing share of lead.

Two-time tour­na­ment win­ner Kenny Perry shot a 7-un­der 65 on Fri­day to hold a share of the lead af­ter the first round of the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons event just out­side of Min­neapo­lis-St. Paul.

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