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Brendon Todd opens two-shot lead at Byron Nelson Championship

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Brendon Todd birdied his final two holes Friday to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.

The birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 wrapped up a 6-under 64 and put Todd alone atop the crowded leaderboard at 8-under 132. Among eight players at 6 under were Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner Sunday, and Paul Casey after his record back nine.

Casey was over par before matching the PGA Tour record for the best score on a back nine, an 8-under 27 with six birdies and an eagle. That was part of his 7-under 63 that was the low round of the day.

Todd, who for the second time in five years is back on the PGA Tour after getting his card back through the Web.com Tour, got to 7 under with a 12-foot birdie at the par-3 13th hole. But he gave that stroke back at the par-4 15th when he hit his first two shots into the rough and had his only bogey.

He had sole possession of the lead after his 6-foot birdie at the par-3 17th, where his tee shot rolled just past the hole. The last of his seven birdies, in a round when he needed only 22 putts, came after his approach inside 10 feet at No. 18.

Also at 6 under were 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir (66), who hasn't had a top-25 finish since 2010 when he had an elbow injury, fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet (66), Morgan Hoffmann (66), Tim Herron (66), Charles Howell III and Marc Leishman (68). Kaymer had his second consecutive 67, and has been in the 60s for all six of his rounds at TPC Four Seasons.

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Hee Young Park topped the leaderboard at 8 under in the suspended second round of the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.

The South Korean player shot a 3-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lang, Lexi Thompson, Azahara Munoz and Lizette Salas.

The second-ranked Lewis, in position to take the top spot in the world ranking from Inbee Park, had a 65, and Lang finished with a 68.

Thompson, Munoz and Salas were unable to finish the round because of darkness after the start of play was delayed 3 1/2  hours because of overnight rain. Thompson, the Kraft Nabisco winner, and Munoz had five holes left, and Salas had seven remaining.

Coming off a victory two weeks ago in the North Texas LPGA Shootout, Lewis would jump to No. 1 with a victory or a solo second-place finish, as long as third-ranked Lydia Ko doesn't win. Ko, 2 under with six holes left in the round, needs a victory to move to No. 1. Inbee Park is skipping the tournament.

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Mark Calcavecchia made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole to take a one-stroke lead over Jay Haas after the second round of the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala.

Calcavecchia shot his second straight 3-under 69 to reach 6 under, while Haas had a 70 after they came in as part of a four-way tie at the Champions Tour major. Haas missed a 4-footer on No. 18.

Calcavecchia, aggravated a rib problem late Thursday in the first round and had upper back spasms. He said it began flaring up again after swinging starting on No. 14 Friday.

Kenny Perry and Olin Browne were 4 under. Perry had a 68, and Browne shot 71. Browne was part of the first-round logjam along with Chien Soon Lu, who shot a 77.

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Kyle Reifers shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the second-round lead with Trevor Murphy in the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greer, S.C.

Reifers, the former Wake Forest player who won the 2006 Chattanooga Classic for his lone tour title, had nine birdies and a bogey at Green Valley Country Club to match Murphy at 12-under 132.

Murphy had a 66 — also at Green Valley.

Ryan Blaum and Kelly Kraft were a stroke back. Blaum shot a 66 at Green Valley, and Kraft had a 67 at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. First-round leader Blayne Barber followed his opening 63 at Green Valley with a 70 at Thornblade Club, the site of the final round, to drop into a tie for fifth at 10 under.

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Belgium's Thomas Pieters shot his second straight 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Spanish Open in Girona.

Dutchman Joost Luiten (69) and England's Eddie Pepperell (71) were tied for second at 5 under. Spanish star Sergio Garcia (74) was five strokes behind Pieters.

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