Sports Briefs: Tubert turning in best LPGA showing

Tubert gunning for championship down under

Burroughs High product Emily Tubert has undergone a rocky rookie year on the Ladies Professional Golf Assn. tour, but it appears that at least for one weekend, she has found her footing.

Tubert’s previous best effort this season was tying for 41st, while the youngster has battled injuries and missed the cut in six of 11 tournaments.

In her first tournament in three weeks, though, Tubert is the highest-placing American and is currently tied for second through two rounds of the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open in Auckland.

Tubert is knotted with Canada’s Brooke M. Henderson with a nine-under-par 135, which is five strokes off leader Belen Mozo of Spain.

Tubert tied for the second-best round of any golfer Friday when she carded a seven-under 72 that included seven birdies and no bogeys.

At one point, Tubert converted three straight birdies and four of five in a strong front nine Friday afternoon that moved her from two-under to six-under.

On Thursday, Tubert finished with a two-under 70.

With Auckland being 20 hours ahead of local time, Saturday afternoon’s third round has gotten underway.

Flaherty moved to bullpen

Burbank native and St. Louis Cardinals rookie pitcher Jack Flaherty has been moved to the bullpen for the remainder of the season.

Flaherty, a 21-year-old right-hander, struggled in his last two starts and there was some concern about his overall workload.

“He’s 21 and we will keep a close eye on him,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told ESPN.com. “We knew coming in we would be cautious.”

Flaherty saw his first action out of the bullpen Monday in a 10-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs, throwing one inning with no hits, no runs, no walks and no strikeouts. In four starts, he was 0-1 with a 6.46 earned-run average, 15 strikeouts and eight walks over 15 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals (82-77 for third place in the National League’s Central Division entering Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers) were elimintaed from playoff contention Thursday.

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