Stenson makes push for gold
RIO DE JANEIRO — British Open champion Henrik Stenson is close enough to think about adding an Olympic gold medal to his silver claret jug.
It just required a long and wild route to get into contention Friday.
Marcus Fraser of Australia got off to a quick start, stretched his lead to four shots at one point and wound up with a 2-under 69 for the 36-hole lead in the first Olympic golf competition since 1904. At 10-under 132, he had a one-shot lead over Thomas Pieters of Belgium, a former NCAA champion at Illinois who closed with three straight birdies for a 66.
Still, it was the sight of Stenson on the leaderboard that was so hard to ignore.
Only a month ago, the 40-year-old Swede won his first major and got his name on the claret jug at Royal Troon with the lowest score in major championship history. On Friday, he had a 68 to go into the weekend at Olympic Golf Course two shots behind and in the final group.
The Americans, the only country with four players, were still lingering. Matt Kuchar had a 70 and was seven shots behind, following by Bubba Watson (67) at 2-under 140, Patrick Reed (69) nine shots back, and Rickie Fowler (71) 14 shots out of the lead.
PGA: At Silvis, Ill., Wesley Bryan took the lead in the rain-delayed John Deere Classic, five days after earning a PGA Tour card with his third Web.com Tour victory of the year.
Bryan played 26 holes in 10 under Friday at TPC Deere Run, birdieing three of the final holes to finish off a first-round 66 and shooting a 64 in the second to reach 12-under 130.
Area favorite Zach Johnson faced a long day today after not even getting onto the course Friday.
U.S. SENIOR OPEN: At Upper Arlington, Ohio, former Ohio State player Joey Sindelar shot a 4-under 66 to take the second-round lead in the U.S. Senior Open.
One of four former Buckeyes in the field at Scioto Country Club in suburban Columbus, the 58-year-old Sindelar had five birdies Friday, including two in a row after a bogey on No. 5. He had a 5-under 135 total after opening with 69 on Thursday.
WEB.COM: At Springfield, Mo., Ashland native Jason Allred stood tied for 97th place at the Price Cutter Charity Championship after recording an even-par 72 in the second round, which was delayed due to poor weather.