Schwartzel eagles 17th on way to lead
JOHANNESBURG >> Charl Schwartzel holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the 17th on his way to an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead after the second round of the South African Open on Friday.
The 2011 Masters champion moved to 12-under overall and replaced overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen at the top of the leaderboard at Randpark Golf Club.
Schwartzel had six birdies but only took the lead with the eagle on his second-to-last hole when his approach bounced on the green and landed on the far fringe before the backspin kicked in.
Madalitso Muthiya (68) is second at 11 under.
Oosthuizen, ahead by a shot after the first round, dropped into a tie for third at 10 under with Kurt Kitayama (69) and Zander Lombard (68). Kitayama has made a fabulous start to his time on the European Tour, winning last weekend at the Mauritius Open after only just coming through qualifying school. He’s in contention for a second straight win.
Glanville stepping down as CFL assistant
HAMILTON, ONTARIO >> Jerry Glanville has resigned as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ defensive coordinator because of personal reasons.
The Ticats announced that Glanville, 77, would not return for a second season with the Canadian Football League team.
“I hate that I won’t be able to come back to Hamilton next season to finish what we started in 2018,” said Glanville, the former head coach of the NFL’s Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons. “The future is bright because there are so many good people and great players throughout the organization. I will be a Tiger-Cat for life.”
Morgan named U.S. Player of the Year
CHICAGO >> Alex Morgan has been named U.S. Soccer’s Player of the Year for a second time after leading the national team with 18 goals in 19 games and helping it earn a spot in the World Cup next year in France.
Defender Tierna Davidson, who started in her first nine national team appearances, was named Young Player of the Year, U.S. Soccer announced Friday. The 19-year-old’s college season at Stanford was cut short when she broke her ankle in September.
Morgan scored seven of her goals during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament this fall to earn the Golden Boot.
Chen wins short program
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA >> Nathan Chen’s strong post-Olympic season continues after he won the short program at the Grand Prix Finals. Olympic champion Alina Zagitova had a rare runner-up finish in the women’s short, however.
Chen, the first American men’s world champion since 2009, finished with
92.99 points even though he made a mistake on his quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination.
Zagitova’s lengthy run of winning each stage dating back to last season ended when Japan’s breakout star Rika Kihira dominated the women’s short program with
82.51 points, the highest women’s score this season.