Sheehan Moves Past Leggatt to Take Lead at International
The best part of Patrick Sheehan’s day was playing with Ian Leggatt and Chris Riley through the tall pines, thin air and steep hills of the Rocky Mountains -- before the rains came.
“When you got two guys that you really like ... it was a good group for me because everybody talks to each other and you’re telling jokes,” Sheehan said Friday.
“We all played pretty well [Thursday] and it just continued today. Everybody’s in a good mood. A guy makes a couple birdies and you just follow him up.”
Sheehan followed Leggatt’s solid second round to take the lead at the halfway mark of the International at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colo.
Seventy-two of the 140 golfers will have to finish the second round today. A heavy thunderstorm caused a delay of about 3 1/2 hours, and play was halted shortly before 8 p.m.
Sheehan’s five birdies offset his two bogeys and gave him eight points for the day and 18 for the tournament.
It’s the only stop on the PGA Tour that uses the modified Stableford scoring system, which awards two points for a birdie, five for an eagle and eight for a double eagle. One point is deducted for a bogey, three for a double bogey or worse.
Leggatt was one back after firing a 13 on Friday. He recovered from a double bogey on his first hole to make three birdies and two eagles.
Sergio Garcia scored 10 points to bring his total to 16; and Stewart Cink and Tom Pernice Jr. were tied for fourth with 15 points through holes 12 and 10, respectively.
A day after matching the tournament record with an eight-under-par 64, Angela Stanford birdied her first two holes -- Nos. 10 and 11 -- to reach 10 under and put herself in position to win the Canadian Women’s Open.
“That was a lot of fun. I don’t know how it happened,” Stanford said. “I thought, ‘Wow!’ I felt like I was still asleep. I felt like I was still dreaming.”
She played the final 16 holes in even par for a 70 to maintain a three-stroke lead at 10-under 134.
Cristie Kerr and Jee Young Lee were tied for second after 70s, Lorie Kane (70) was another stroke back and Pat Hurst (71) and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (73) were at four under on the London Hunt and Country Club course.
Lorena Ochoa broke Annika Sorenstam’s course record by a stroke with an eight-under 65 to share the second-round lead with her in the Scandinavian TPC at Bro-Balsta in Stockholm.
Ochoa, who started on the 10th hole, and Sorenstam were at nine-under 137 overall. Ochoa, ranked second in the world behind Sorenstam, had eight birdies, one eagle and two bogeys. Sorenstam shot a 66 Thursday.
Katharina Schallenberg, a former bank clerk in Germany, defeated Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach, 1-up, to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at North Plains, Ore.
Lee was the only member of the U.S. team that won the Curtis Cup last month to reach the quarterfinal round.
Schallenberg will play Stacy Lewis, who defeated 16-year-old Ayaka Kaneko, 6 and 4.
Kimberly Kim, at 14 the youngest player still in the tournament, defeated Pepperdine’s Eileen Vargas, 3 and 1. Kim was the runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.