Couples Leads by One After 65

From Associated Press

Fred Couples shot a bogey-free six-under-par 65 Friday to take the second-round lead in the Buick Classic at Harrison, N.Y.

Coming off a second-place finish last week in the Memorial, Couples birdied the final two holes on the Westchester Country Club course to take a one-stroke lead over Vijay Singh, Fredrik Jacobson and playing partner Luke Donald.

“I’ve kept the ball in play, which is the key here,” said Couples.

Couples took advantage of Jacobson’s double-bogey seven on the par-five ninth -- his last hole -- to top the leaderboard at 10-under 132.


Jacobson’s tee shot struck a tree and bounced away from the tree line, but he failed to take advantage of the break when his eight-iron third shot went into the thick rough to the right of the green.

After lobbing his fourth shot into an awkward position in the left fringe, he chipped five feet past the hole and missed the bogey putt.

He finished with a 69. Donald had a 66 and Singh followed his opening 63 with a 70.


Steady, overnight rain filled bunkers with water and left DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del., so saturated that the maintenance crew couldn’t even mow the fairways and greens.

With more rain in the forecast and 144 women in the field, tournament officials decided to not play the second round of the LPGA Championship.

Tournament officials said the second round would start today with the same groups and same tee times. The cut will remain the top 70 and ties. The field will try to play 36 holes Sunday.


Andy Bean, John Harris and Allen Doyle tied the course record with seven-under 65s and shared the first-round lead at the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am in Parkville, Mo.


Mark James and Morris Hatalsky were a shot back at six under, and six players were tied at 67. In all, 21 players were within four shots of the lead in the Champions Tour event at the National Golf Club of Kansas City.