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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Robert Karlsson shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the St. Jude Classic.
Karlsson started a stroke behind first-round leader David Mathis and carded six birdies and a bogey to reach 9 under. The Swede, who lost here a year ago in a playoff with Lee Westwood, has played his first six career rounds at TPC Southwind under par with this his lowest score yet.
Colt Knost (68) and Keegan Bradley (67) were tied for second. Bradley, the Byron Nelson Championship winner two weeks ago, is among a few who can earn a spot last week in the U.S. Open at Congressional by winning his second tour event since the last Open.
John Merrick (69) was 5 under, and Fredrik Jacobson (65) and Harrison Frazar (65) were another stroke back. Brandt Snedeker, The Heritage winner in April, shot a 66 to top the group at 3 under that included Mathis (72).
Kim keeps lead at State Farm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Mindy Kim maintained her two-stroke lead in the LPGA State Farm Classic, following her opening career-low 64 with a 5-under 67 to reach 13 under.
Kim had seven birdies -- four in a row on Nos. 12-15 -- and two bogeys in the Panther Creek course.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng (66) and Shanshan Feng (65) were tied for second.
Jiyai Shin aced the par-3 second hole en route to a 68 to reach 10 under.
Amanda Blumenhurst (67) was 9 under, and Brittany Lincicome, coming off a victory Sunday in New Jersey, had a 69 to join Paula Creamer (68) and Jennifer Johnson (67) at 8 under.
Defending champion Cristie Kerr (67) topped a large group at 7 under. Michelle Wie was eight strokes back at 5 under, following an opening 72 with a 67.
Tway shoots 9-under at Greater Hickory
CONOVER, N.C. -- Bob Tway birdied the 18th hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Greater Hickory Classic.
On a hot day when Mike Goodes fired a 28 on the front nine, Tway had a stretch of four straight birdies to start the back nine on the Rock Barn layout made tame by soft greens, hard fairways and little wind.
Tway, winless on the Champions Tour, made just one bogey. Goodes, who had six straight birdies to shoot the lowest front-nine score this season on the 50-and-over tour, was a shot back along with Tommy Armour III, Joe Ozaki and Mark Wiebe. Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O'Meara and David Eger opened with 65s.
Rock ahead at Italian Open
FIANO, Italy -- England's Robert Rock shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over countryman Chris Wood and Dutchman Joost Luiten after the second round of the Italian Open.
Rock had a 12-under 132 total. Wood shot a 69, and Luiten had a 67. Italian stars Matteo Manassero (68) and Francesco Molinari (68) topped a group at 10 under.