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Birdie binge puts Laird in front at Frys.com

NAPA, Calif. — Martin Laird wasn’t sure what to expect out of his game after a seven-week break. He hasn’t found too much wrong after two rounds of the Frys.com Open.

Laird bounced back from his first bogey of the new PGA Tour season by running off four straight birdies around the turn. One last birdie on the par-5 18th at Silverado gave him a second straight 5-under 67 and a one-shot lead over Bae Sang-moon and Zach Blair going into the weekend.

Blair was among 11 rookies to make the cut in their debut as PGA Tour members.

Silverado hadn’t hosted a PGA Tour event since 1980, and it appeared the players were starting to figure out how to navigate the tight, winding fairways and small greens that are all about being on the right side of the hole.

There were 13 rounds at 67 or better, compared with only three in the opening round.

One of them belonged to Jimmy Walker, one of four players fresh off the Ryder Cup who came to the Frys.com Open. Walker opened with a 75, and then he followed that with eight birdies in a round of 66 that got him to the weekend with room to spare.

LPGA MALAYSIA: At Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu shot a 6-under 65 to take a two-stroke in the LPGA Malaysia, the second event of the tour’s six-tournament Asian swing.

Ryu birdied five of her first seven holes in hot conditions and finished with seven birdies and a bogey to reach 11-under 131 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Top-ranked Stacy Lewis, the first-round leader after a 65, had a 71 to drop into a tie for 11th at 6 under.

SAS CHAMPIONSHIP: At Cary, N.C., Guy Boros birdied the final hole for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead over Tom Lehman and Marco Dawson after the first round of the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship.

Boros, the son of late Hall of Famer Julius Boros, turned 50 on Sept. 4 and is playing in his second event on the tour. He won the PGA Tour’s 1996 Greater Vancouver Open.

Hale Irwin, the 69-year-old star who won the 2005 tournament at Prestonwood, opened with a 68 — the seventh time he has bettered his age this year. He had six birdies and a double bogey on No. 8.