Trinity High School’s Wheatcroft loses Deere lead
By The Associated Press
Michael Kim took a fourshot lead Friday at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., 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, who was born in Indiana, Pa., but went to Trinity High School in Washington County, was 12 under along with David Hearn (64) and Johnson Wagner (66).
Robert Rock was already heading to Carnoustie next week to work at the British Open in a coaching capacity. He now have to take his clubs. Rock, ranked No. 244, set the record for the lowest 36-hole total since the Scottish Open in Gullane was launched by the European Tour in 1972, adding a 7-under 63 in the second round to his 64 on Day 1. So far, he has made 13 birdies and not dropped a shot. Not only did it give the English golfer a two-shot lead on 13-under 127 at Gullane, it also gave him a great chance of earning one of the final qualification spots for the British Open just up the east coast of Scotland. He needs to be one of the leading three players to finish in the top 10 who is not otherwise exempt.
Two share LPGA lead
Brooke Henderson shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to move into a tie for the lead with Caroline Hedwall of Sweden after two rounds at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. They are at 9 under.
Laura Davies and Trish Johnson had a talk about avoiding double bogey at Chicago Golf Club in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open in Wheaton, Ill. Neither could do it, but Davies and Johnson recovered from rough spells early in their rounds to share the lead at the midpoint of the first U.S. Golf Association championship for women 50 and older. Both stand at 4 under.
Michael Kim, winless in 84 PGA Tour career starts, is four shots ahead at the John Deere Classic.