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English takes lead at St. Jude

Published June 7, 2013 8:13 pm

Golf • 23-year-old pulls out of tie, is two strokes ahead.
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Memphis, Tenn. • Harris English is becoming more comfortable on the PGA Tour every week, and feels right at home on TPC Southwind's Bermuda grass greens.

English shot a 6-under 64 on Friday to open a two-stroke lead in the St. Jude Classic. The 23-year-old former Georgia star 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.

He 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.

"It's awesome to be in this position," English said. "I've worked very hard the last couple weeks and couple months to get in this position, and I feel like I'm ready and I feel like I got a lot of good people around me to help me."

LPGA Tour

Chella Choi shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Morgan Pressel after the first round of the rain-delayed LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y.

Choi, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, 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.

Champions Tour

Duffy Waldorf shot a 4-under 68 on Friday in Birmingham, Ala., 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.

U.S. Open

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott will play together the opening two rounds of the U.S. Open next week at Merion in Ardmore, Pa.

For the third straight year, U.S. Open officials have put the top three players in the world ranking in the same group. —

Leaderboard

St. Jude Classic

Harris English -10

Shawn Stefani -8

Paul Haley II -5

Scott Stallings -5

Also

Phil Mickelson -2