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Woods does not enter Memorial tournament, absence continues

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods will not play next week’s Memorial tournament in Ohio after failing to enter by the deadline Friday afternoon.

His continuing absence suggests the odds of the 14-times major champion playing the U.S. Open in three weeks are getting longer by the day.

Unless Woods enters the St. Jude Classic in Memphis in two weeks, an event he has never played, he would go into the year’s second major championship without having played competitively in 10 months.

While a return at the U.S. Open would certainly be dramatic, it would hardly seem to be an ideal scenario to come back at one of the most exacting tournaments on the calendar.

Woods has not played since undergoing microdiscectomy back surgery last September, and has continually maintained he would not return to action until he was ready.

The Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio is one of Woods’ favourite events.

He has won the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament five times, though his memories from last year are not so grand as he shot a career-high 85 in the third round.

Woods, 40, has proactively entered the U.S. Open, to be held at Oakmont in Pennsylvania from June 16-19. He finished runner-up there in 2007.

He also has entered the British Open, to be contested at Royal Troon from July 14-17.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine)

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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Latest Colonial Invitational leaderboard

May 28 (Infostrada Sports) – Latest leaderboard in the second round from the U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational at the par-70 course on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas

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-9 Bryce Molder (U.S.) 15 64

-8 Webb Simpson (U.S.) 18 65 67

-7 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 18 67 66

Patrick Reed (U.S.) 8 65

-6 Anirban Lahiri (India) 12 65

Jason Dufner (U.S.) 10 66

-5 David Toms (U.S.) 11 67

Harris English (U.S.) 10 67

Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 8 66

Martin Piller (U.S.) 6 66

Tony Finau (U.S.) 18 68 67

-4 Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 18 67 69

Kyle Reifers (U.S.) 7 66

David Hearn (Canada) 6 67

Noh Seung-Yul (Korea) 10 67

Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 18 68 68

-3 Bill Haas (U.S.) 18 67 70

Johnson Wagner (U.S.) 18 70 67

Adam Hadwin (Canada) 13 68

Marc Leishman (Australia) 8 68

Steven Bowditch (Australia) 18 69 68

-2 Chris Stroud (U.S.) 18 69 69

Steve Flesch (U.S.) 13 70

Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 11 70

Colt Knost (U.S.) 13 68

Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 9 71

Danny Lee (New Zealand) 10 71

Ben Martin (U.S.) 10 68

Scott Piercy (U.S.) 18 71 67

-1 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 18 68 71

Nick Taylor (Canada) 10 69

Troy Merritt (U.S.) 11 69

Kevin Na (U.S.) 13 70

Tyler Aldridge (U.S.) 6 69

Chad Collins (U.S.) 8 69

Hunter Mahan (U.S.) 8 69

Jason Bohn (U.S.) 8 68

Jason Kokrak (U.S.) 8 69

Shawn Stefani (U.S.) 6 70

Ben Crane (U.S.) 18 70 69

0 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 18 71 69

Steve Stricker (U.S.) 18 72 68

Brett Stegmaier (U.S.) 7 69

Jim Herman (U.S.) 8 67

Hiroshi Iwata (Japan) 6 71

Sean O’Hair (U.S.) 13 67

Vaughn Taylor (U.S.) 11 72

Vijay Singh (Fiji) 10 70

Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) 10 71

Zach Johnson (U.S.) 9 72

Chris Kirk (U.S.) 9 70

Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 9 69

Tom Hoge (U.S.) 18 70 70

Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 18 73 67

Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 18 71 69

Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 18 72 68

1 William McGirt (U.S.) 18 69 72

Roberto Castro (U.S.) 18 73 68

Greg Owen (Britain) 12 72

Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 12 71

Andrew Loupe (U.S.) 12 73

Derek Fathauer (U.S.) 18 69 72

Jon Curran (U.S.) 18 72 69

Mark Hubbard (U.S.) 18 69 72

Blayne Barber (U.S.) 8 72

Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 7 70

Tyrone Van Aswegen (South Africa) 6 69

Chad Campbell (U.S.) 18 69 72

Hudson Swafford (U.S.) 18 71 70

Brian Harman (U.S.) 18 71 70

2 Jason Gore (U.S.) 7 73

Adam Scott (Australia) 9 72

Kyle Stanley (U.S.) 18 72 70

Kim Si-Woo (Korea) 18 72 70

George McNeill (U.S.) 18 72 70

Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 18 68 74

Lucas Glover (U.S.) 18 73 69

Chez Reavie (U.S.) 18 69 73

Fredrik Jacobson (Sweden) 12 76

Scott Langley (U.S.) 15 70

Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 13 71

J.J. Henry (U.S.) 9 70

Robert Streb (U.S.) 10 70

Zachary Blair (U.S.) 18 69 73

Jerry Kelly (U.S.) 18 71 71

3 Bryson DeChambeau (U.S.) 18 70 73

Jeff Overton (U.S.) 18 69 74

Jim Furyk (U.S.) 18 75 68

Camilo Villegas (Colombia) 9 73

Carl Pettersson (Sweden) 14 73

Matt Jones (Australia) 12 70

John Senden (Australia) 11 72

Boo Weekley (U.S.) 18 73 70

Kang Sung-Hoon (Korea) 18 71 72

Tim Herron (U.S.) 6 72

4 Will Wilcox (U.S.) 18 75 69

Steve Marino (U.S.) 12 75

Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 18 73 71

Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 18 72 72

Bronson Burgoon (U.S.) 18 72 72

Franklin Corpening (U.S.) 18 75 69

Martin Laird (Britain) 14 73

5 Kramer Hickok (U.S.) 18 74 71

Chesson Hadley (U.S.) 18 73 72

Kevin Streelman (U.S.) 18 73 72

Scott Stallings (U.S.) 18 74 71

6 Peter Malnati (U.S.) 18 74 72

Scott Brown (U.S.) 8 76

John Huh (U.S.) 18 71 75

7 Brendon Todd (U.S.) 18 74 73

Stewart Cink (U.S.) 18 72 75

Patton Kizzire (U.S.) 18 73 74

8 Angel Cabrera (Argentina) 18 73 75

Fabian Gomez (Argentina) 10 73

9 Smylie Kaufman (U.S.) 10 73

Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) 18 76 73

Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 18 72 77

10 Ian Poulter (Britain) 18 73 77

11 Michael Kim (U.S.) 18 77 74

13 Keith Clearwater (U.S.) 18 77 76

14 Ken Duke (U.S.) 18 78 76

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Spieth two behind leader Molder at weather-hit Colonial

(Reuters) – Jordan Spieth made light work of the “Horrible Horseshoe” to surge into contention after his second round of the weather-hit Colonial tournament in Texas on Friday.

Bryce Molder tops the leaderboard at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth on nine-under after 15 holes of his second round, a stroke ahead of Webb Simpson (67).

Spieth shot a 66 to post a seven-under-par 133 halfway total and is tied for third at seven-under with Patrick Reed, who played just eight holes on Friday.

Half the field did not complete the second round due to a five-hour morning thunderstorm delay, with some managing only six holes.

Spieth, who started at the 10th, picked up four shots in five holes after the turn, including birdies at the difficult fourth and fifth.

“That was a big back nine to climb back into contention. I was very pleased with that run there,” Spieth told Golf Channel.

The world number two added that he was shaping 90 percent of his shots with a draw, moving the ball from right to left, to increase his “comfort level”.

“That’s important for me right now, to know where the ball is going to start and if it’s going to move one direction.”

In his third tournament since he frittered away the Masters with a quadruple bogey at the 12th hole during the final round, Spieth sounded upbeat with the U.S. Open three weeks away.

“I was set up by fairways hit,” he said. “The greens were two feet faster than yesterday and it took me a little while to adjust but once I made that adjustment (the birdies followed).”

He was particularly satisfied to play the difficult three-hole stretch from No. 3 dubbed the “Horrible Horseshoe” in two under par.

The second round will resume on Saturday at 7:30 AM local time (1230 GMT), with the third scheduled to start early afternoon.

Molder looked set to take a handy lead to bed after five front-nine birdies, but a double-bogey at the par-four 12th brought him back to the field.

Clubhouse leader Simpson has had to adjust to a regular-length putter since ditching his long stick last year ahead of the Jan. 1 “anchoring” ban and expressed satisfaction with his work on the greens.

“I’ve switched putters and been putting great the past couple of days,” said the 2012 U.S. Open champion.

“The good thing about me and the bad thing about me is once I get confidence, I seem to be really confident, and once I get a little down, I seem to be get really down. But through two days it’s been solid, so I’m excited.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Golf-Spieth two behind leader Molder at weather-hit Colonial

May 27 (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth made light work of the “Horrible Horseshoe” to surge into contention after his second round of the weather-hit Colonial tournament in Texas on Friday.

Bryce Molder tops the leaderboard at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth on nine-under after 15 holes of his second round, a stroke ahead of Webb Simpson (67).

Spieth shot a 66 to post a seven-under-par 133 halfway total and is tied for third at seven-under with Patrick Reed, who played just eight holes on Friday.

Half the field did not complete the second round due to a five-hour morning thunderstorm delay, with some managing only six holes.

Spieth, who started at the 10th, picked up four shots in five holes after the turn, including birdies at the difficult fourth and fifth.

“That was a big back nine to climb back into contention. I was very pleased with that run there,” Spieth told Golf Channel.

The world number two added that he was shaping 90 percent of his shots with a draw, moving the ball from right to left, to increase his “comfort level”.

“That’s important for me right now, to know where the ball is going to start and if it’s going to move one direction.”

In his third tournament since he frittered away the Masters with a quadruple bogey at the 12th hole during the final round, Spieth sounded upbeat with the U.S. Open three weeks away.

“I was set up by fairways hit,” he said. “The greens were two feet faster than yesterday and it took me a little while to adjust but once I made that adjustment (the birdies followed).”

He was particularly satisfied to play the difficult three-hole stretch from No. 3 dubbed the “Horrible Horseshoe” in two under par.

The second round will resume on Saturday at 7:30 AM local time (1230 GMT), with the third scheduled to start early afternoon.

Molder looked set to take a handy lead to bed after five front-nine birdies, but a double-bogey at the par-four 12th brought him back to the field.

Clubhouse leader Simpson has had to adjust to a regular-length putter since ditching his long stick last year ahead of the Jan. 1 “anchoring” ban and expressed satisfaction with his work on the greens.

“I’ve switched putters and been putting great the past couple of days,” said the 2012 U.S. Open champion.

“The good thing about me and the bad thing about me is once I get confidence, I seem to be really confident, and once I get a little down, I seem to be get really down. But through two days it’s been solid, so I’m excited.” (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Spieth sizzles with 66 but Simpson leads in Texas

Washington (AFP) – World number two Jordan Spieth fired a four-under-par 66 to stand second in the clubhouse at the storm-hit US PGA Dean and Deluca Invitational.

The reigning US Open champion, who defends that title next month at Oakmont, waited out bad weather that delayed the start of the second round at Colonial for 5 1/2 hours.

“Really made the most of the round,” said Spieth, a back-nine starter who birdied four of the first five holes after making the turn. “All in all, it was a fantastic (second) nine that we played.”

American Webb Simpson fired a 67 to cling to the clubhouse lead at 8-under 132 with Spieth one shot adrift.

“It’s only halfway done,” Simpson said. “I’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Darkness halted play with 61 of 121 players still on the course and needing to finish their second rounds Saturday morning.

American Bryce Molder birdied five of the first eight holes but a double-bogey at the 12th hole left him on nine-under, only one ahead of Simpson with four holes to finish.

Patrick Reed was level with Spieth at 7-under through eight holes, moving up with birdies at the first and fifth, while India’s Anirban Lahiri was on 6-under after 11 holes.

Spieth has been trying to work his game into shape since a back-nine Sunday meltdown last month cost him a Masters title and he missed the cut earlier this month at the Players Championship.

A last-round fade cost him a title chance last week at the Byron Nelson Championship in his hometown event, but this nearby tournament could produce the boost he needs ahead of his defending the US Open crown.

“I would say (my confidence) is up there close if I want to have it 100 percent trust by major time,” Spieth said. “It’s creeping up. Big step up from last week. It’s getting close.

“I feel very comfortable over the ball this week. I felt like we put in some good work from Sunday to Thursday.”

Spieth began with a three-putt bogey at the 10th hole, answered with a three-foot birdie putt at the par-5 11th and birdied the par-3 13th, dropping his tee shot five feet from the cup.

After lipping out from 13 feet for a birdie at 15, Spieth three-putted for bogey at the par-3 16th.

“The greens were up and it just took me a little while to adjust,” Spieth said.

Spieth blasted out of a greenside bunker to five feet at the par-5 first and made his birdie putt, then sank a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-4 second, an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-3 fourth and a 14-foot birdie putt at the fifth.

– Simpson grinds it out –

Simpson opened with a birdie, blasting out of a bunker and sinking a three-foot birdie putt, but took a bogey at the par-4 seventh when he couldn’t duplicate the feat, missing a four-footer after escaping the sand.

“It was kind of a grind,” Simpson said. “I had to get up-and-down a few more times today and guess out of the rough what the ball was going to do into the green, but it felt great. I managed my game and I think I only made one bogey and made a couple birdies coming in, so that was nice.”

He answered with a 17-foot birdie at the par-3 eighth and took the lead on late birdies at 16, where his tee shot landed three feet from the cup, and 18, closing his day with a 14-foot putt to edge in front of Spieth.

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Late surge puts Jutanugarn in charge after 36 holes

(Reuters) – Ariya Jutanugarn, targeting a third straight LPGA Tour victory, splashed a long bunker shot for a tap-in birdie at the final hole to earn a two-shot lead after two rounds of the inaugural Volvik Championship in Michigan on Friday.

Ariya, who began one shot behind overnight leader Christina Kim, made nine pars on the front side, before clicking into gear after the turn to shoot 68 for an 11-under-par 133 halfway total at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.

The 20-year-old Thai finished with a flourish at the par-five 18th, where her second shot clattered into a grandstand but ricocheted into a greenside sand trap, from where she demonstrated her deft touch.

The closing birdie gave her some breathing room ahead of a trio equal second on nine-under 135 — Americans Kim (71) and Marina Alex (67) and Ryu So-yeon of South Korea (67).

Coming off back-to-back wins at the Yokohama Tire Classic and Kingsmill Championship, Ariya played with world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who posted her second successive 71 for 142.

The Thai said the course had firmed up since her morning round on Thursday. The course condition, allied to her length off the tee, has prompted her not to carry a driver in her bag this week.

“I didn’t hit my iron that good but still OK and I start to make some putt on the back nine,” she told reporters.

“Today is a lot more firm than yesterday, so it’s really hard to approach on the second shot.”

Ariya is trying to become the first player to win three in a row since South Korea’s Park In-bee three years ago.

She said she was not thinking about the possibility of winning three straight, at least not yet.

“I’m really happy with it and I really enjoy golf right now.”

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Andrew Both)

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Late surge puts Jutanugarn in charge after 36 holes

Ariya grabs LPGA lead in bid for third win in a row

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, seeking her third consecutive victory this month, fired a four-under par 68 to seize a two-shot lead after the second round of the LPGA Volvik Championship.

The 20-year-old from Bangkok, who opened with a 65 Thursday, remained bogey free through 36 holes to stand on 11-under 133 in the inaugural edition of the event at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Today was pretty good,” Ariya said. “I didn’t hit my iron that good but still OK and I started to make some putts on the back nine.”

South Korea’s Ryu So-Yeon and Americans Marina Alex and Christina Kim shared second on 135 with Italy’s Giulia Molinaro and Americans Jessica Korda and Brittany Lincicome next on 137.

Ariya became the first Thai player to win an LPGA event when she captured the Yokohama Tire Classic and followed up by capturing the Kingsmill Championship last week.

A victory this week would make Ariya the first LPGA player to win three events in a row since South Korean Park In-Bee in 2013, but the rising Thai star is trying not to ponder that possibility yet.

“Right now I’m really happy with it and I really enjoy playing golf right now, so I’m not thinking about, ‘I’m going to win, I’m going to lose,'” Ariya said. “(I want to) just have fun and keep playing good.”

Ariya parred the entire front nine in the second round before starting the back nine with a birdie. She added birdies at the par-3 12th and par-5 14th holes to seize the lead, then closed with a birdie at the par-5 18th to double her margin at the top.

After rising as high at 15th in the world before shoulder surgery in 2013 sidelined her for eight months, Ariya stumbled as low as 124th in the rankings but has now battled back to 13th.

Alex, never better than ninth in an LPGA event in her fourth tour season, shot 67 to stay among the leaders.

“I’ve been making a ton of swing changes in the off-season and now they are starting to feel more comfortable,” Alex said. “Everything is starting to feel like it’s mine and I own it.”

Kim fired a 71 after opening with a sizzling 64 to seize the 18-hole lead.

“Everything was great, just the ball wasn’t in the hole,” Kim said. “It wasn’t like I was backing off putts after I hit them trying to figure out how did I miss that break or anything like that.

“It was just a matter of just burning the edges and just, I mean, not even really being a degree off. So I’m still very confident going into the weekend.”

Ryu seeks her first win since 2014 and has three top-10 efforts in her past four events.

“The final round wasn’t good enough to get the trophies so I was really disappointed,” Ryu said. “But the good thing is I just kept in contention, kept fighting. I really want to keep my positive mind until Sunday.”

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Ariya grabs LPGA lead in bid for third win in a row

Golf-Late surge puts Jutanugarn in charge after 36 holes

May 27 (Reuters) – Ariya Jutanugarn, targeting a third straight LPGA Tour victory, splashed a long bunker shot for a tap-in birdie at the final hole to earn a two-shot lead after two rounds of the inaugural Volvik Championship in Michigan on Friday.

Ariya, who began one shot behind overnight leader Christina Kim, made nine pars on the front side, before clicking into gear after the turn to shoot 68 for an 11-under-par 133 halfway total at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.

The 20-year-old Thai finished with a flourish at the par-five 18th, where her second shot clattered into a grandstand but ricocheted into a greenside sand trap, from where she demonstrated her deft touch.

The closing birdie gave her some breathing room ahead of a trio equal second on nine-under 135 — Americans Kim (71) and Marina Alex (67) and Ryu So-yeon of South Korea (67).

Coming off back-to-back wins at the Yokohama Tire Classic and Kingsmill Championship, Ariya played with world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who posted her second successive 71 for 142.

The Thai said the course had firmed up since her morning round on Thursday. The course condition, allied to her length off the tee, has prompted her not to carry a driver in her bag this week.

“I didn’t hit my iron that good but still OK and I start to make some putt on the back nine,” she told reporters.

“Today is a lot more firm than yesterday, so it’s really hard to approach on the second shot.”

Ariya is trying to become the first player to win three in a row since South Korea’s Park In-bee three years ago.

She said she was not thinking about the possibility of winning three straight, at least not yet.

“I’m really happy with it and I really enjoy golf right now.” (Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Andrew Both)

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Golf-Woods does not enter Memorial tournament, absence continues

May 27 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods will not play next week’s Memorial tournament in Ohio after failing to enter by the deadline Friday afternoon.

His continuing absence suggests the odds of the 14-times major champion playing the U.S. Open in three weeks are getting longer by the day.

Unless Woods enters the St. Jude Classic in Memphis in two weeks, an event he has never played, he would go into the year’s second major championship without having played competitively in 10 months.

While a return at the U.S. Open would certainly be dramatic, it would hardly seem to be an ideal scenario to come back at one of the most exacting tournaments on the calendar.

Woods has not played since undergoing microdiscectomy back surgery last September, and has continually maintained he would not return to action until he was ready.

The Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio is one of Woods’ favourite events.

He has won the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament five times, though his memories from last year are not so grand as he shot a career-high 85 in the third round.

Woods, 40, has proactively entered the U.S. Open, to be held at Oakmont in Pennsylvania from June 16-19. He finished runner-up there in 2007.

He also has entered the British Open, to be contested at Royal Troon from July 14-17. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine)

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Willet, Yang and Hend in three-way tie at Wentworth

Wentworth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Masters champion Danny Willett, Korea’s YE Yang and Scott Hend from Australia were tied for the lead after two rounds of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday.

Yang, who beat Tiger Woods in the 2009 US PGA Championship, was the last to join the group at the top of the leaderboard when he got up and down from a bunker on the par-five 18th to finish on 10-under par 134 for the 36 holes.

Hend eagled the same hole to take his place alongside Willett and Yang after turning in a 69 to add to a 65 on Thursday which saw him share the first round lead with Yang and Joost Luiten.

But England’s Willett had earlier threatened to blow the tournament open with some brilliant golf on the front nine — he was five in front at one stage, before fading slightly coming home.

Willett dominated the early proceedings going to the turn in 29 -– a tournament record –- before coming home 10 shots worse, in 39.

He had bogeys on the 10th, 15th, 16th and 17th before pulling a shot back at the par-five last but was not complaining about a round that has left him right in contention for the European Tour’s flagship event.

Willett said: “I played great most of the day and then chucked a couple of horrid golf shots in there, and it was nice to make birdie at the last, two really good golf shots and I composed myself quite nicely.

“You could have just chucked it and finished really poorly, but to make birdie was good. It shows a little bit of mental strength. But it was still not quite the back nine we were hoping for, but 10-under par, you’d have taken it at the beginning of the day.”

The leading trio are followed by South African Jaco van Zyl who is on nine-under, after a 68, but there is a three-shot gap back to Spain’s Jorge Campillo.

Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello, a European Ryder Cup hopeful, jumped nearly 30 places up the leaderboard with a 68 and he insists the leaders are still in sight.

He said: “I’m five shots off the lead. A little further than what I would like, but I’m satisfied with the way I’ve played, just being five off the lead. I’m in a good position.”

– Donald struggling –

Luke Donald, winner in 2011 and 2012, could not make any headway. He shot a level-par 72 for a four-under halfway score to be level with Germany’s Martin Kaymer and American Jamie Lovemark, with Lee Westwood a further shot back.

Defending champion Byeong Hun An from Korea recorded another 72 to stay at level par and will remain for the weekend but past winners Miguel Angel Jimenez, Matteo Manasero and Scott Drummond are going home.

Joint first round leader Luiten is alongside Cabrera Bello in a clutch of players on five-under after a 74 but when he was playing the early parts of his round the course was full of English cheers.

Willett was off half an hour before Luiten and made his presence felt with a birdie at the par-four third, to go to seven-under, before making another one at the par-five fourth which took him to eight-under par. He had saved par at the first after going over the back of the green with his second shot and at the second he raced his first putt six feet past the hole before knocking in the return.

Willett’s early pyrotechnics were in stark contrast to playing partner Victor Dubuisson, who struggled to an opening nine of 37 and slipped down the field after his opening 69 on Thursday.

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