|Jimmy Walker powers his second shot out of the rough on the 15th hole on the way to a 67 in the second round. (Marc Feldman/Getty Images)|
Jimmy Walker and James Nitties shot 5-under-par 67s yesterday for a share of the lead at the Texas Open at 7 under with Brett Wetterich (68) and Matt Jones (71) at TPC San Antonio, where the Oaks Course soaked up a drenching that will make for a 36-hole finish today.
Muck and mud squished under the morning gallery after more than 3 inches of rain washed out play Friday. But fairways drained and greens stayed firm, drawing praise from some in a field that has grumbled about the new Greg Norman-designed layout.
“The greens are what they are,’’ said Wetterich, who birdied his final three holes. “You’re going to gripe about it, I think that’s more advantage for other people that aren’t and just kind of go with the flow.’’
Tour rookie Garth Mulroy (67) was a stroke back along with Charley Hoffman (70), James Driscoll of Brookline (68), J.B. Holmes (70), Pat Perez (66), Tim Petrovic (68), and Aron Price (68). Ernie Els, a two-time winner this year, was two shots back after a 67.
“Hoping for Texas winds tomorrow,’’ Els said. “It’s going to be a long day, but I’ll be up for it.’’
Vijay Singh, who played with Els and is arguably the other biggest name in the tournament, shot for par in the second round and made the cut at 1 over. Sergio Garcia shot 68 and was four strokes back.
Zach Johnson, the two-time defending champion, couldn’t erase the damage from his disastrous opening-round 80. He missed the cut at 4 over.
LPGA — Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 for a share of the lead with Brittany Lincicome and Se Ri Pak in the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Pettersen followed two birdies with an eagle on the par-5 sixth, and joined Lincicome (67) and second-round leader Pak (68) at 13 under on the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
A six-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Pettersen once again is in contention after finishing second twice and third once in the first five events of the season.
But six players were within two shots of the lead, setting up a last-day scramble.
Na Yeon Choi (66), Jee Young Lee (66), and Azahara Munoz (67) were 11 under. Michelle Wie had a 76 to drop to 5 over, last among the 73 players who made the cut.
Champions — Dan Forsman made two eagles on his way to a tournament-record round of 10-under 62 and trails leader Bobby Clampett by one shot at the Regions Charity Classic in Hoover, Ala.
Clampett shot an 8-under 64 and is at 15-under 129 following the second round of the three-day tournament at Ross Bridge golf course near Birmingham.
Forsman is alone in second place, followed by Peter Senior (66) at 13 under and Joey Sindelar (67) at 12 under.
The 62 broke the record of 63 set in the tournament’s inaugural year of 1992.
European — At Son Servera, Spain, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano three-putted the last hole to slip into a share of the lead with Pelle Edberg after the third round of the Mallorca Open.
Fernandez-Castano shot a 2-under 68, joining Edberg at 4 under overall heading into the final round at the 6,915-yard Pula Golf Club. Edberg followed up his second-round 64 with a 71, mixing three birdies with four bogeys.
Norfolk County Classic — A 64 had never been recorded in the first 31 editions of the two-day event at Presidents Golf Course in Quincy. Yesterday, two were shot an hour apart, giving Larry Rentz and Doug Clapp 6-under rounds and a four-shot lead on the field.
Rentz, who plays out of Boston Golf Club in Hingham, blitzed the front nine in 5-under 29. A birdie on the first hole got him started, followed by a birdie at No. 3, an eagle at the 470-yard par-5 fifth, and birdies at Nos. 7 and 9 sandwiched around his only bogey.
Clapp (Old Sandwich) went 33-31. He also eagled the fifth, and added two birdies and three bogeys over a wild front nine. A birdie on the downhill 10th pushed him to 2 under, and he then ran off four straight birdies, beginning on No. 14, to cap his round.
They’re four up on Aengus McAllister and John Gilmartin, with Mike Calef and two-time winner Phil Smith another shot back at 69.
Michael Whitmer of the Globe staff contributed to this report.