Chesson Hadley leads Web.com Tour finals by two shots

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Former Georgia Tech golfer Chesson Hadley shot 4-under-par 66 on the Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass to take a two-shot lead over Joe Durant going into the weekend at the Web.com Tour Championship.

The leader of the money list from the four tournaments that determine PGA Tour cards are exempt into The Players Championship on the Stadium Course.

Hadley, who already has earned his PGA Tour card for 2014 by virtue of finishing in the top 25 on the regular-season Web.com Tour money list, is at 9-under 131.

Durant had 67 to boost his bid at earning one of 25 tour cards available. They go to the top 25 on the money list for the four tournament Web.com Tour Finals.

Former Augusta State golfer Henrik Norlander, who was 76th on the money list through the first three tournaments, shot 73 on Friday for 139 and is tied for 35th place. Kevin Kisner, who already has his 2014 card, shot 68 and is tied for 55th place at 140.

Will Claxton (69-74–143), Scott Parel (74-71–145) and Vaughn Taylor (71-75–146) missed the cut, which fell at 140.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Pebble Beach, Calif., Bernhard Langer birdied his first four holes and finished with 9-under-par 63 to open a four-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s First Tee Open.

Defending champion Kirk Triplett, Tom Lehman, Andrew Magee, Mark McNulty and Doug Garwood are tied for second at 67. They all played at Del Monte.

In the pro-junior portion of the event, First Tee of Augusta golfer Jason Murphy teamed with Augusta native Larry Mize to shoot 67. They are tied for 12th place, five off the lead. There are 81 pro-junior teams.

Mize shot 77.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In St. Andrews, Scotland, Peter Uihlein came 3 inches away from shooting the first 59 on the European Tour when his eagle putt on the last hole came up just wide at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The American tapped in for birdie for 12-under-par 60, equaling the course record at Kingsbarns but falling just short of getting his name in the record book.

He is still two shots behind clubhouse leader Tom Lewis, who shot 65 on St. Andrews. Lewis is at 15-under 129.

The players alternate between St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie over the first three days.

This was the 17th time a player shot 60 on the European Tour. Branden Grace of South Africa did it on the same Kingsbarns course last year on his way to winning the tournament.

Lewis birdied three of his closing five holes to break clear of a crowded leaderboard. Joost Luiten of the Netherlands was a shot back after finishing his round with four straight birdies for a 63 on Kingsbarns.

Lewis is looking for his second tour victory after capturing the 2011 Portugal Masters in just his third professional start. Since then, he has managed just one top-10 finish and slipped to 657th in the world.

“There wasn’t much wind out there, and 7 under really was not the worst it could have been but it definitely could have been a lot better,” Lewis said. “I’ve probably left it a little too late to have a good season but then it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world.”


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