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Billy Hurley takes Greenbrier lead

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POSTED July 4, 2014 10:15 p.m.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Billy Hurley III shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Greenbrier Classic.

Hurley played bogey-free in shooting his lowest score of the season. The former U.S. Navy officer says it was “pretty cool” that it occurred on America’s birthday.

Hurley had a 9-under 131 total at Old White TPC.

Kevin Chappell and Chris Stroud were tied for second. Chappell had a 65 and Stroud shot 66.

Troy Matteson had a 61 to vault into fourth place at 7 under.

Brice Garnett, Steve Stricker and Chris Kirk were 6 under. Garnett shot 66, Stricker 68 and Kirk 69.

First-round leader Jonas Blixt, the defending champion, shot 73 to drop to 3 under.

French Open

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Kevin Stadler increased his lead at the French Open to three strokes by shooting a 3-under 68 in the second round on Friday.

The American made six birdies and dropped three shots, including a double bogey on his last hole, for a 10-under 132 total.

“I wasn’t expecting to play this well obviously, but I enjoyed the golf course,” Stadler said. “I thought it was a course that suited me from the very beginning.”

Stadler was making his French Open debut but quickly got a good feel for this punishing golf course that will host the Ryder Cup in 2018.

Frenchman Victor Riu (67) was in second place, two strokes clear of 2012 winner Marcel Siem (72). Defending champion Graeme McDowell (69) and U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer (68) stayed in contention, respectively tied for fourth and 11th, while Thomas Bjorn and George Coetzee missed the cut.

Nova Scotia Open

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Canada’s Roger Sloan shot a 6-under 65 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Mexico’s Jose de Jesus Rodriguez in the Web.com Tour’s Nova Scotia Open.

The 27-year-old Sloan, a former Texas-El Paso player from Calgary, Alberta, matched first-round leader Rodriguez at 10-under 132 on Ashburn Golf Club’s New Course.

Sloan hit 13 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens.

“You really have to set up the next shot and you have to be conscious of the slope of the greens and where the pin is located,” Sloan said. “It’s fun to play golf like that because this year Mother Nature has given us some pretty soft courses and it becomes a putting contest. Out here it’s a battle.

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