English opens two-stroke lead at St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Harris English shot a 6-under 64 on Friday to open a two-stroke lead in the St. Jude Classic, the final event before the U.S. Open next week at Merion.

The 23-year-old former Georgia player had never even had a piece of a lead on the PGA Tour until Thursday when he found himself tied with five others, including Davis Love III, after 18 holes.

English used a hot putter to roll in five birdie putts, holed out from 181 yards for eagle on the par-4 fifth and had only one bogey to finish the second round at 10-under 130.

Shawn Stefani was second after a 65. Paul Haley II and Scott Stallings each shot 68 to reach 5 under. Love was tied with four others at 4 under after a 70, and defending champion Dustin Johnson also had a 70 to finish at 3 under. Phil Mickelson was 2 under after a 67.

Only four players had rounds of 4 under or better on a near perfect day at TPC Southwind.

LPGA Championship

At Pittsford, N.Y., South Korea's Chella Choi shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead over Morgan Pressel after the first round of the rain-delayed LPGA Championship.

Winless on the LPGA Tour, Choi had five birdies and in a bogey-free front nine to move into the lead and held on in steady rain over her final seven holes.

Pressel closed with four straight birdies over the soggy Locust Hill Country Club course to gain the early lead. It was just her second sub-70 round of the year. Brittany Lincicome was tied for third at 69 with Jiyai Shin, while Jessica Korda was another stroke back, tied for fifth with Se Ri Pak.

More than nine inches of rain fell on the course in the previous nine days, half of that coming Thursday when the opening round of the second major of the year was pushed back one day.

Regions Tradition

At Birmingham, Ala., Duffy Waldorf shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Jeff Sluman after the soggy, weather-delayed second round of the Regions Tradition, the second of five Champions Tour majors.

Waldorf had three birdies and a bogey on both the first nine holes and the last nine to top the Shoal Creek leaderboard at 9-under 135.


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