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Allred moves up at Hotel Fitness

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Ashland native Jason Allred shot a 1-under par 71 in the second round of the Hotel Fitness Championship on Friday to climb 10 spots into a tie for 62nd place at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Allred sits at 1-under overall heading into the third round of the Web.com Tour event, nine strokes behind the leaders. He had two birdies on the front nine and two on the back, but also bogied three par 4s in another up-and-down round.

Allred finished on a high note, sinking a birdie putt on the par 4 ninth hole.

The Hotel Fitness Championship is the first tournament of the 2014 Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four tournaments that, beginning in 2013 replaced the PGA Qualifying Tournament.

Deutsche Bank Championship

At Norton, Mass., Ryan Palmer took only 21 putts at TPC Boston and birdied half of his holes. That gave him an 8-under 63 and a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley after the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Palmer didn’t miss a putt inside 15 feet and closed out his round with a pitching wedge to 18 feet, making the downhill putt for his ninth birdie.

Bradley matched his low round of the season, though what meant more was the timing. This is the final week before U.S. captain Tom Watson decides which three players he will pick to fill out his Ryder Cup team. Bradley always seemed like a logical choice, though he wants to leave nothing to chance. He played bogey-free in a gentle breeze.

Webb Simpson, who also needs a pick to return to the Ryder Cup, and Jason Day of Australia were among those at 66.

Jordan Spieth recovered from a double bogey to start his round and, with his entire family in tow, turned it around with four birdies and an eagle for a 67. Also at 67 was Ian Poulter, who seems certain to be a Ryder Cup pick for Europe on Tuesday.

Portland Classic

At Portland, I.K. Kim increased her lead to three strokes in the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic, shooting a 5-under 67 to reach 12 under.

The South Korean player had seven birdies and two bogeys in her morning round in cloudy, calm conditions at Columbia Edgewater. She won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010, and had a victory this summer in a Ladies European Tour event in England.

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and South Korea’s Mi Jung Hur shot 65 to join Laura Diaz at 9 under. Diaz had a 68.

South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu, the Canadian Women’s Open winner Sunday in Ontario, was 8 under along with Mina Harigae, China’s Xi Yu Lin and South Africa’s Paula Reto. The fifth-ranked Ryu had a 66, Lin carded a 68, and Harigae and Reto shot 69.