SHANGHAI — Adam Scott can join rare company with a second World Golf Championship. Keegan Bradley still has hopes of winning PGA Tour player of the year. Paul Casey thought his PGA Tour card was gone, and has a shot at getting it back.
The HSBC Champions, the semi-official end of the PGA Tour and the start of a big finish on the European Tour, offers a little bit of everything to so many players.
Scott, Bradley and Casey put themselves in contention Friday on a humid, overcast day at Sheshan International. They were chasing Fredrik Jacobson, who rattled off six birdies and kept mistakes off his card for 6-under 66. Jacobson tied the tournament record at 11-under 133 and led by one shot over Scott and Louis Oosthuizen going into the weekend.
RACIAL REMARK: Steve Williams, Tiger Woods’ former caddie, loves to say nasty things about his ex-boss, but he took it to a new level this week when he got racial.
During a dinner before the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, Williams was brought on stage and asked about the overt way he celebrated after Adam Scott, for whom he now caddies, won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational this summer. That’s a tournament that Woods has dominated in the past.
Williams told the crowd, speaking of Woods, “My aim was to shove it right up that black (expletive).”
Williams was on stage because his fellow caddies had jokingly awarded him “celebration of the year.”
Williams later issued an apology on his Web site:
“I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist,” Williams wrote. “However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended.”
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In San Francisco, Michael Allen shot 2-under 69 for a share of the second-round lead with Fred Couples and David Frost on Friday in the season-ending Charles Schwab Championship.
Allen saved par on the final hole after hitting his approach between the grandstands surrounding the green. He was given a free drop, chipped to 8 feet and made the putt.
Couples, tied for the first-round lead with Jay Haas after 68, rallied for 70 after a double bogey on the opening hole at TPC Harding Park.
Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Don Blake, Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry were a stroke back.
LPGA TOUR: In Shima, Japan, Akane Iijima made five birdies on the back nine in a 6-under 66 Friday that gave her a share of the Mizuno Classic first-round lead with South Korea’s Ah Reum-hwang and Taiwan’s Teresa Lu.