Harrington hangs on at Bridgestone
Padraig Harrington broke par for the second straight day, something he hasn’t done in four months. Two more days like that and it could lead to something he hasn’t done in a year.
Without a victory since the PGA Championship, Harrington treaded carefully across Firestone yesterday for a 1-under-par 69 that gave him a one-shot lead over Tim Clark going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
Harrington didn’t put much stock into his opening round of 64, and he wasn’t ready to declare himself the favorite to win his first World Golf Championship. He has never won a tournament when leading after 36 holes. Even so, he conceded that consecutive good rounds were helpful.
Scott Verplank went 35 holes without a bogey until hitting into the trees on the 18th hole and dropping a shot for a 69, leaving him alone in third at 135.
Tiger Woods, a six-time winner at Firestone, was among 20 players within five shots, although he found himself in a peculiar spot after an even-par 70. He was tied for 13th, the first time after any round at Firestone he has been out of the top 10.
PGA - John Rollins matched the course record with a 10-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, and Chris Riley tied the PGA Tour mark for relation to par for nine holes with a 9-under 27.
Rollins, who had a birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie run, had a 12-under 132 total - leaving him two strokes ahead of Shaun Micheel.
US Women’s Amateur - Jennifer Song moved within two matches of becoming the second woman to win two US Golf Association championships in the same year, beating Stephanie Kono, 2 and 1, in the quarterfinals. Song, 19, who won the US Women’s Amateur Public Links in June, will face Tiffany Lua today at Old Warson in St. Louis. Lua beat Jessica Korda, 3 and 2.
Pearl Sinn is the only woman to win two USGA titles in a year, taking the 1988 Women’s Amateur and Women’s Amateur Public Links.
In the other semifinal, 14-year-old Alexis Thompson will play Jennifer Johnson. Thompson beat Han Jungeun, 1-up, and Johnson beat Candace Schepperle, 5 and 4.