IRVING, Texas – Rory Sabbatini followed an unconventional par with four consecutive birdies on way to a season-best 6-under 64 and a share of the second-round lead Friday with John Mallinger at the Byron Nelson Championship.

Mallinger eagled both par 5s at the TPC Four Seasons and made a 15-foot birdie putt on his final hole for a 65 to match Sabbatini at 8-under 132.

Before the birdie streak on Nos. 4-7 that put Sabbatini in the lead, he hit his tee shot into the water at the 528-yard third – his 12th hole of the day. His approach went into a greenside bunker, but he saved par with a 96-foot blast into the cup.

Senior PGA Championship

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Scotland’s Ross Drummond, more famous as the subject of a golf book than for his play, shot a 4-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Senior PGA Championship.

The 52-year-old Drummond, whose life on the fringes of fame and fortune were told in the popular 1996 book “Four Iron In the Soul,” had a 4-under 136 total.

Tom Purtzer, whose 66 tied him for the first-round lead with Scott Hoch, faded to a 72 and was two shots back along with Hoch. Also at 2-under 138 were Jeff Sluman (68), Larry Mize (69) and Bernhard Langer (70).

LPGA Corning Classic

CORNING, N.Y. – France’s Karine Icher shot a 6-under 66 take a two-stroke lead over South Korea’s Hee-Won Han in the final LPGA Corning Classic.

Icher, the first-round co-leader at 8 under with Hee Young Park, had a 14-under 130 total. That broke the 36-hole record for the tournament by one shot.

and equaled the best back-to-back rounds in Corning history.

Han shot a 67. Seon Hwa Lee (67), Soo-Yun Kang (69), Na Yeon Choi (68), Mikaela Parmlid (67), Sandra Gal (69) and Sarah Kemp (68) were 10 under.

BMW PGA Championship

VIRGINIA WATER, England – England’s Paul Casey shot a 5-under 67 at historic Wentworth to take a two-stroke lead in the BMW PGA Championship.

Casey had an 8-under 136 total. Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez (70), David Horsey (71), Anthony Wall (71) and Soren Kjeldsen (69) were 6 under.

Ben Curtis (70) topped a group at 5 under.


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