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Henrik Stenson, of Sweden, lines up his putt on the first hole during the second round of play in the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Friday.
Friday, September 20, 2013
POWHATAN - Ben Campbell, a relative unknown from Cleveland in far southwest Virginia, fired a 5-under-par 67 Friday at The Foundry Golf Club to take the first-round lead in the 37th VSGA Mid-Amateur Championship.
Campbell was one of only eight players to break par in the first round of the 54-hole event. He leads 2010 champion Scott Shingler of Haymarket by one.
Roanoke's Justin Young, who finished second to Hardy's Matt Chandler last year, got off to a solid start. Young, who has two wins and a second in his his past three starts, is tied for sixth following a 71.
Chandler, whose winning 13-under 200 total last year set a VSGA record for a 54-hole event, has struggled since winning the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame crown in June. He labored to a first-round 77 and will have to improve today in order to make the low 45 players and ties who make the cut for Sunday's final round.
Multi-time champion Keith Decker of Martinsville settled for a 75 that left him tied for 20th. Roanoke's Brandon LaCroix and Barry Wirt Jr. are tied for 27th at 76. Roanokers Chris Wirt (86) and Antonio Perez (90) are well back in the 110-player field.
Sullivan helps U.S. take lead in PGA Cup team competition
HEXHAM, England - Troutville's Chip Sullivan and partner Mark Sheftic of Blue Bell, Pa., recovered from a defeat hours earlier to record a 3-and-2 victory over England's Benn Barham and David Callaway to help lift the U.S. team to a 6-2 lead over Great Britain and Ireland in Friday's first day of the PGA Cup competition.
The U.S. team comprised of 10 club professionals from across the country swept the afternoon four-ball competition for the first time since 1994.
Sullivan qualified virtue of his recent finish in last month's PGA Club Pro Championship. The USA leads the competition, 17-5-3.
Stenson stretches lead at Tour Championship
ATLANTA - Henrik Stenson made three early birdies to seize control at the Tour Championship on Friday.
Stenson quickly expanded his one-shot lead at East Lake with three birdies on the opening four holes and stretched his lead to four shots over Scott with a 4-under 66.
Scott recovered from a rugged start for a 69, while 20-year-old Jordan Spieth had a 67 and was five shots behind.
Stenson and Scott only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize. Scott also can make a strong case for PGA Tour player of the year if he were to win.
Tiger Woods played his last five holes in 6-over par, turning one of the best rounds of the day into a 1-over 71 that kept him at the bottom of the pack, 14 shots out of the lead.
Woods made four birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn and was 5 under for his round through 13 holes.
"I put everything I had into that start and didn't have much at the end," Woods said. "Just ran out of gas."
It was the first time since the 2011 PGA Championship that Woods began a PGA Tour event with back-to-back rounds over par.
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