McGirt, Piercy top Canadian Open leaderboard

Posted July 27, 2012, at 7:52 p.m.
Last modified July 27, 2012, at 11:30 p.m.

ANCASTER, Ontario — William McGirt shot a 4-under 66 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Scott Piercy in the Canadian Open.

Piercy followed his opening 8-under 62 with a 67 to join McGirt at 11-under 129 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, matching the tournament 36-hole scoring record.

Robert Garrigus was two strokes back after a 66, and Bo Van Pelt was 9 under after a 66. Tim Clark, Vijay Singh and Josh Teater were 8 under. Clark had a 62, Singh shot 67, and Teater 65. Bud Cauley had a 63 to join Troy Matteson and Camilo Villegas at 7 under. Villegas had a 64, and Matteson shot 68.

British Open champion Ernie Els missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 70. Jim Furyk, the winner in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen, also missed the cut. He shot 70-70 to fall a stroke short of advancing to weekend play.

Five of the 23 Canadian players survived the cut, led by David Hearn. He was seven strokes back after his second straight 68. Mike Weir missed the cut for the third straight year, shooting consecutive 72s.

Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: American Gary Hallberg shot a 7-under 63 in the windy second round of the Senior British Open at Turnberry, Scotland, to take a three-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

Hallberg was 6 under on Turnberry’s Ailsa Course. Langer followed his opening 64 with a 73. Lehman had a 71. Jeff Sluman was 2 under after a 68.

Fred Couples was tied for ninth at even par after a 68.

Tom Watson was 10 strokes back after a 75. He lost a playoff to Stewart Cink in the 2009 British Open at Turnberry, and won the 1977 British Open and 2003 Senior British Open at the course. The 62-year-old American is a five-time British Open winner and three-time Senior British Open champion.

England’s Roger Chapman, the Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open winner, withdrew before the round because of a neck injury. He shot a 72 on Thursday.

Greg Norman missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 77.

EVIAN MASTERS: American Stacy Lewis shot a 3-under 69 to top the Evian Masters leaderboard at 12 under, a stroke ahead of South Korea’s Ilhee Lee at Evian-Les-Bains, France.

Lewis opened with a 63 on Thursday. Lee followed her opening 66 with a 67.

South Korea’s Inbee Park and American Paula Creamer were 9 under. Park had a 64, and Creamer shot 7.

Natalie Gulbis, the 2007 winner for her lone LPGA Tour title, was tied for ninth at 6 under after her second straight 69. Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, made the cut for the first time in three LPGA Tour starts, shooting a 69 to reach 4 under.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng missed the cut by a stroke with rounds of 76 and 71.

LYONESS OPEN: Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen shot a 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead over Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg after the third round of the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria

Olesen, the Sicilian Open winner in April, was 16 under at Diamond Country Club. Karlberg shot a 66.

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