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Merritts trumps Masters champion Spieth
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Troy Merritt shot a 10-under 61 on Friday to tie the course record at the RBC Heritage only a few hours after Masters champion Jordan Spieth finished off a bounce-back 62.

Merritt matched David Frost’s tournament mark set in 1994 and topped the leaderboard at 12-under 130, a stroke off the 36-hole event record shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson.

Spieth started off the low, low scoring at Harbour Town Golf Links, making nine birdies in a bogey-free round after struggling in an opening 74. The 21-year-old Texan was six shots back at 6 under.


KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Sei Young Kim shot a 2-under 70 in wind gusting to 30 mph to take a one-stroke lead in the Lotte Championship.

With the breeze making birdies elusive at Ko Olina, the 22-year-old South Korean player reached 12-under 204 to break out of a first-place tie with I.K. Kim.


DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Ian Woosnam was tied for the lead at 4 under with five holes left when first-round play in the Champions Tour’s Greater Gwinnett Championship was suspended because of rain.

The round was scheduled to be completed Saturday morning at TPC Sugarloaf, followed by the second round. There is more rain in the forecast Saturday and Sunday.


SHENZHEN, China (AP) — American Peter Uihlein shot a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead in the Shenzhen International.

Uihlein had a 9-under 135 total at Genzon Golf Club. He won the 2013 Madeira Islands Open for his lone European Tour title.

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat was second after a 69. Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson was tied for 42nd at even par after a 74.