Trin­ity High School’s Wheatcroft loses Deere lead

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Golf / tennis -

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).

Rock rolling

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.

Se­nior women

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.

Todd Mizener

Michael Kim, win­less in 84 PGA Tour ca­reer starts, is four shots ahead at the John Deere Clas­sic.

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