Pampling fires 63, leads at Colonial


FORT WORTH, Texas – Rod Pampling spent plenty of time in the sand during the second round of the Colonial. So what was he doing from there?

“Making pars,” Pampling quipped after his career-best 7-under 63 on Friday.

And even a couple of birdies.

Pampling was 5-for-5 in sand saves, including his last two holes, to get to 10-under 130 and a stroke ahead of first-round leader Stewart Cink (67), Stephen Ames (66) and PGA Tour rookie Charley Hoffman (66).

On Pamling’s closing hole, the 408-yard ninth, Pampling hit his tee shot into a left fairway bunker and his approach over the green into more sand before blasting to 6 feet. At the eighth, he hit a greenside bunker and saved par with an 11-foot putt.

Tim Herron (65), Peter Lonard (66) and Dean Wilson (65), best known at Colonial as Annika Sorenstam’s playing partner three years ago, were two strokes back at 132.

Sybase Classic

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Heavy rain wiped out play in the LPGA Tour’s Sybase Classic, leaving open the possibility the tournament will be cut to 54 holes.

Fifteen players have yet to finish the first round at Wykagyl Country Club. They were scheduled to do that Saturday morning, with the second round to follow.

Natalie Gulbis, Beth Bauer and Hee-Won Han shot 3-under 68s on Thursday before rain and darkness forced the suspension of play. Allison Hanna, Nancy Scranton, Kim Saiki and Teresa Lu had 69s, and Sun Young Yoo was 2 under with one hole to play.

Irish Open

MAYNOOTH, Ireland – Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over England’s Ian Poulter and Anthony Wall and France’s Christian Cevaer during the suspended second round of the Irish Open.

Colsaerts had a 4-under 140 total on Carton House’s Montgomerie Course. Poulter shot a 70, Wall had a 68 and Cevaer a 71.

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn equaled the course record with a 66, leaving him four strokes back.

More than 50 players were unable to finish the round. Play was delayed for six hours Thursday because of high wind.

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