Thomas Bjorn leads World Cup golf

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Thomas Bjorn maintained his patience around a tricky Royal Melbourne on Friday to shoot 3-under-par 68 and take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the World Cup.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn's 68 on Friday gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the World Cup.   ANDY BROWNBILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
ANDY BROWNBILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn's 68 on Friday gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the World Cup.

Bjorn, who is at 8-under 134, made a testing 6-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot.

American Kevin Streel­man is in second place after shooting 69. He and Matt Kuchar lead the overall team standings for the U.S. after 36 holes, with a three-stroke margin over Denmark and seven over Japan and Australia.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Johannesburg, Charl Schwartzel shot 7-under-par 65 to earn a share of the lead at the tour’s season-opening South African Open.

The 2011 Masters Tournament champion had five birdies and an eagle in his opening nine en route to 12-under 132. Marco Crespi (67) joined him in the lead after two rounds at Glendower Golf Club.

Morten Orum Madsen (66) is a shot behind the leaders.

LPGA TOUR: In Naples, Fla., Sandra Gal handled the wind and built a three-shot lead going into the weekend of the LPGA Titleholders.

Gal pulled away with three birdies on the back nine for a 3-under-par 69 at Tiburon Golf Club in the final event of the year.

She has a three-shot lead over former Kraft Nabisco champion Sun Young Yoo, who had 68.

Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old from New Zealand making her pro debut, had another 71 and is nine shots out of the lead.

PEBBLE BEACH INVITATIONAL: In Pebble Beach, Calif., North Augusta’s Scott Brown shot 4-under-par 68 at Spyglass Hill and leads the Pebble Beach Invitational by one stroke over Jason Kokrak after two rounds.

Brown had two bogeys and six birdies, all within 10 feet. He is at 134 for the tournament.

Kokrak had 68 at Del Monte.

The 42nd event includes 80 professionals from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com Tours competing for the same prize money. The winner earns $60,000 of the $300,000 purse.


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