DECHAMBEAU-NA TIED WITH 2 OTHER PAIRS AT QBE EVENT
The teams of Bryson DeChambeau-Kevin Na, Brian Harman-Patton Kizzire and Emiliano Grillo-Graeme McDowell shot 13-under 59 in scramble play Friday to share the first-round lead in the QBE Shootout in Naples, Florida.
LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau were two strokes back at 61 with Charley Hoffman-Gary Woodland and Charles Howell III-Luke List. Defending champions Steve Stricker and Sean’ O’Hair shot 62.
The teams will play modified alternate shot Saturday, and close with better ball Sunday.
Charl Schwartzel holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the
17th on his way to an 8under 63 and a one-shot lead after the second round of the South African Open in Johannesburg. The 2011 Masters champion moved to 12-under overall and replaced overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen at the top of the leaderboard. Madalitso Muthiya (68) is second at 11 under.
Morgan top US player: 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. The 19-year-old’s college season at Stanford was cut short when she broke her ankle in September.
The defending champion United States is the top-ranked team for Saturday’s Women’s World Cup draw. Germany is No. 2 in the 24-team draw, followed by host nation France and England. Canada and Australia complete the list of top-seeded teams. The June 7-July 7 tournament will be played in nine cities in France with the final in Lyon.
Lomachenko seeks 2 titles: Vasiliy Lomachenko is back and ready to show what he can do with two healthy shoulders. Injured while winning one lightweight belt, Lomachenko will try to add a second in his return from surgery when he faces Jose Pedraza on Saturday night in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) is already a champ in three weight classes, but this is the first time he can unify belts within a division.
Although HBO has decided to put boxing in its past, the network is leaving the sport by showcasing a possible vision of its future. Cecilia Braekhus was in the first women’s boxing match on HBO, and the dominant Norwegian champion will be in the main event of HBO’s final boxing show Saturday night when she defends her welterweight titles in Carson, California against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes.