ON THE LINKS Friday’s professional golf results



Bill Haas faced a 10-shot deficit before hitting his first shot of the new PGA Tour season. He has done enough in two days to make up ground in the Safeway Open. Haas endured a rough, rainy start at Silverado and turned in a 2-under 70 that at least got him into the mix. Because of the 2 hour, 36-minute delay Friday, the second round could not be completed. Haas was 8-under 136, one shot better than rookie J.J. Spaun (67). Phil Mickelson (69) was at 6-under 138. Scott Piercy, who opened with a course-record 62, played in the afternoon as the sun was starting to break through the clouds. Paul Casey and Patton Kizzire also were in the afternoon. They each shot 8-under 64 in the opening round.



Brittany Lang hit driver for a tap-in eagle on the par-4 15th and birdied the last for a 7-under 65 and the second-round lead Friday in the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship. A day after Se Ri Pak ended her Hall of Fame career in front of her home fans, Lang nearly aced the 251-yard 15th. Her ball hopped onto the green, curled right toward the pin and missed by a few inches on the high side before stopping a foot away. On the par-5 18th, the U.S. Women’s Open champion rattled the flagstick on the first hop with a wedge, leaving a putt a couple of inches longer than the one on 15. She had the eagle and five birdies in the bogey-free round in calm, cool conditions at Sky 72. Lang had a 10-under 134 total. The 31-year-old American won the U.S. Women’s Open in July at CordeValle in California, beating Anna Nordqvist in a playoff. Solheim Cup teammate Alison Lee, the first-round leader after a 65, had a 70 to fall a stroke back. She chipped in for eagle on 15 to match Lang, then bogeyed the 18th. Cristie Kerr made it an all-Solheim Cup final threesome Saturday, shooting a 65 to reach 7 under on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course. South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park also was 7 under after a 65. Pak retired after her first-round 80, ending her career in South Korea’s lone LPGA Tour event.



Doug Garwood birdied seven of the final 11 holes for a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ SAS Championship. Winless on the 50-and-over tour, the 53-year-old Garwood began the run with birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 and played the back nine at Prestonwood in 5-under 31 in the final regular-season event of the year. Brad Faxon was a stroke back at 66, and Bernhard Langer and Larry Mize shot 67. The 59-year-old Langer leads the tour with four victories and earnings of $2,512,659. He won the 2012 event and tied for third the last two years.



England’s Richard Bland birdied six of his last nine holes and shot a 7-under 64 to take the second-round lead in the British Masters. Bland had an 11-under 131 total at The Grove. England’s Andrew Johnston and Sweden’s Alexander Noren were a stroke back. Playing together in the morning, they each shot 65.



Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent shot a 7-under 64 in the Macau Open for a share of the second-round lead in the Asian Tour event. Australia’s Kalem Richardson (67), India’s S. Chikkarangappa (65) and Anirban Lahiri (68) and Thailand’s Sutijet Kooratanapisan (66) matched Vincent at 8-under 134. England’s Ian Poulter, tied for the first-round lead at 64 in is return from a four-month break, had a 71 to drop into a tie for 11th.

Associated Press