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Langer and Lehman shoot better-ball 60 to take Legends lead


RIDGEDALE, Mo. — Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman teamed to shoot an 11-under 60 in better-ball play Friday to take the firstround lead in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.

Langer and Lehman had a 7-under 28 on the front nine on Buffalo Ridge’s Springs Course and added four birdies on the back nine.

“Bernhard played extremely well, Bernhard played great,” Lehman said. “I played very well, also. We had a lot of chances where we both were looking at birdies, and a lot of times when you’re both in that kind of situation where you’re both having great chances for birdie, you tend to shoot low scores.”

They teamed to win the 2009 event in Georgia.

“I’ve always embraced team golf, love it,” Langer said. “Tom was phenomenal today. He made a ton of birdies, drove it fantastic, hit some good irons and made a ton of putts and it was just fun to watch and fun to be with him.”

Defending champions Billy Andrade and Joe Durant were three strokes back along with the teams of Kenny Perry-Scott Hoch, Paul Goydos-Kevin Sutherland and Corey Pavin-Duffy Waldorf.

“Pretty happy,” Andrade said. “We ham and egged it well. Joe played well coming in, I played well in between, so it all worked out fine.”

Larry Nelson and Bruce Fleisher led the Legends Division for players 65 and older, shooting a 9-under 45 on the par-3 Top of the Rock course. They played nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball.

“Bruce played really well,” Nelson said. “Bruce made a lot of putts today. I didn’t make too many, but I hit the ball good. Playing a par 3 three days is a little bit different, but it’s really enjoyable. You still have to hit good shots, you still have to make putts. You just don’t have to drive the ball.”

Jim Thorpe and Doug Tewell were second at 47. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were eighth at 53.

Lee takes lead at rainy Shenzhen

SHENZHEN, China — Lee Soo-min shot a 7-under 65 Friday to take a threestrok­e lead on the rain-interrupte­d second day of Shenzhen Internatio­nal.

Lee, playing in his sixth European Tour, recorded seven birdies to get 13-under 131. Joost Luiten (66) was in second as nearly six hours of play was lost over two rain stoppages. Thirty-five players were unable to start their second rounds.

Paul Dunne (69) was six shots behind in third, even with Brandon Stone (70), after three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine and an eagle on the 13th.

Left thumb injury sidelines Park

DALY CITY, Calif. — Inbee Park said Friday that she is taking a month off because of a thumb injury, pushing back her LPGA Hall of Fame qualificat­ion.

The second-ranked Park withdrew from the Swinging Skirts Classic this week because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She hopes to return to play late next month in the Kingsmill Championsh­ip.

Park needs to make three more starts to reach 10 events this year and fulfill the 10-year tour membership requiremen­t for Hall of Fame induction. She missed time this season after withdrawin­g from the seasonopen­ing event in the Bahamas because of back pain after a first-round 80.

Park won five times — including two majors — last season and has 17 career LPGA Tour victories.

 ?? SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES ?? Brooks Koepka of West Palm Beach tees off on the 12th hole Friday in the second round of the Valero Texas Open.
SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES Brooks Koepka of West Palm Beach tees off on the 12th hole Friday in the second round of the Valero Texas Open.

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