MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rory McIlroy snapped his string of three straight missed cuts in style Friday, shooting a 5-under 65 to take the lead into the weekend at the St. Jude Classic.
McIlroy came to Memphis looking to tune up his game before heading to San Francisco for his U.S. Open title defense at The Olympic Club. He birdied three of his final four holes, and had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys to match his lowest PGA Tour round this year.
With a birdie on No. 18, McIlroy reached 7 under to break out of a four-way tie for the lead.
Jeff Maggert, tied for the first-round lead with John Merrick, shot a 68 to match J.B. Holmes (64) and Kevin Stadler (65) at 6 under. Merrick had a 69 to join Chad Campbell (67) and Kevin Kisner (66) at 5 under.
LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Se Ri Pak, playing for the first time since injuring her left shoulder in early April, shot a 1-under 71 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the LPGA Championship.
Pak was at 3-under 141, one shot ahead of Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Mika Miyazato, and Sandra Gal. Park shot a 70, Gal had a 71, and Creamer and Miyazato shot 72.
Defending champion Yani Tseng followed her opening 76 with a 75 to finish at 7-over 151, making the cut on the number. Cristie Kerr, the runaway winner in 2010, was 2 over after a 76.
Slumping Michelle Wie missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 82.
REGIONS TRADITION: Bill Glasson shot a 3-under 69 on to take a two-stroke lead over Russ Cochran after the second round of the Regions Tradition, the second Champions Tour major of the year.
Glasson had a 9-under 135 total at Shoal Creek, and has made only one bogey — Friday on No. 16 — in the first 36 holes. He is seeking his first victory since winning the 1997 Las Vegas Invitational for the last of his seven PGA Tour titles.
Cochran had a 68. Defending champion Tom Lehman was three strokes back along with Fred Funk, Brad Bryant and Jeff Sluman. Lehman and Bryant shot 69, Funk had a 71, and Sluman a 68.
NORDEA MASTERS: England’s Lee Westwood shot a 4-under 68 to maintain a three-stroke lead after the third round of the European Tour’s Nordea Masters.
The third-ranked Westwood had a 16-under total. He won the tournament in 1996 and 2000.
England’s Ross Fisher was second after a 65.
CURTIS CUP: Amy Anderson teamed to win two matches to help the United States take a 4-2 lead over Britain and Ireland after the first day of the Curtis Cup.
Anderson and Tiffany Lua beat Holly Clyburn and Bronte Law 2 and 1 in the morning foursomes, and Anderson and Emily Tubert topped Pam Pretswell and Charley Hull 4 and 3 in the afternoon fourballs.
U.S. captain Pat Cornett broke an ankle in a cart mishap.