INZAI, Chiba Pref. – Overnight joint leader Scott Laycock of Australia gained sole possession of first place after shooting a 1-under-par 69 in the second round of the Suntory Open on Friday.
Laylock made up for two dropped shots with three straight birdies from No. 16 on his way to a 36-hole total of 6-under 134 at Sobu Country Club, moving one stroke clear of four players including first-round co-leader Y.E. Yang of South Korea.
Yang could only manage an even-par 70 in a tie with Toru Taniguchi (67), Katsuya Nakagawa (67) and Hideto Tanihara (69).
Teenage amateur Ryota Ito became the youngest player to make the cut in a top-tier professional tour in Japan at 14 years and two months as he completed the first two rounds at 70-69, three shots above the cut line.
The previous record was set by Taichi Teshima, who accomplished the feat at 15 years and 11 months.
U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa shot a 71 and dropped from 27th to 48th with a 1-over 141.
Wei stays ahead
MASHIKO, Tochigi Pref. (Kyodo) Taiwan’s Wei Yun-jye held onto her overnight lead by shooting an even-par 72, to extend her lead to two shots at 3-under 141, in the second round of the Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup on Friday.
Junko Omote, winless in her nine-year career on the tour, matched the day’s low of 69 to charge into contention. She was one of only two players who shot in the 60s and took sole possession of second place at 1-under 143.
Sindelar sings in rain
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Joey Sindelar shot a 5-under 66 Thursday and held a two-stroke lead over Pat Perez in the rain-delayed opening round of the Canadian Open.
With a 5-hour delay because of rain, half the field at Glen Abbey did not come close to finishing the first round and four players didn’t even tee off.
Vijay Singh was among the late starters, and the 41-year-old Fijian had to wait until nearly 6 p.m. before he could play his first tournament as golf’s No. 1 player. He was 3-over after five holes.
David Duval shot an even-par 71.
Masters champion Phil Mickelson started and finished his round with a birdie, but shot 75, matching his highest score of the year.
Harrington in front
PULHEIM, Germany (AP) Padraig Harrington, playing days after laser eye surgery, broke his slump with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead over Alex Cejka at the German Masters.
Harrington, Europe’s highest-ranked Ryder Cup player at No. 8, took the lead with a 30-foot birdie putt on 17. He had five birdies on the back nine.
Paul Casey, like Cejka a Ryder Cup player, shared third with five others and was two strokes off the lead.
Els one behind
SEOUL (AP) South African star Ernie Els shot a 3-under-par 69 to trail Terry Pilkadaris of Australia by one stroke after the second round of the Korean Open on Friday.
Els, ranked No. 3 in the world, had an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys on the second day of the Asian Tour event at the 7,047-yard Woo Jung Hills Country Club in Cheonan, south of Seoul.
First round leader Hendrik Buhrmann of South Africa, shot a 74 to fall three back, tied with American Edward Loar.
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