Three share top spot after 2 rounds at St. Jude Classic

Ivan Schwartz
June 20, 2017

Colombian Munoz stayed in the lead thanks to a three-under-par 67, while Schwartzel improved from fifth position after posting a 66.

Former British Open champion Stewart Cink, Matt Every, Scott Brown and Sebastian Munoz carded six-under 64s on Thursday to lead a low-scoring first round at the US PGA Tour St. Jude Classic.

Ben Crane, who won this tournament in 2014, was two strokes off the lead after shooting a 65 at the par-70 TPC Southwind course.

Rocketing into contention was Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello who chipped in on successive holes on his way to a five-under-par 65 and a share of the lead on Saturday.

"I can't believe I won again".

"I could have chipped it 100 times and not made it 100 times", Berger said. "I need to just keep doing the same thing I'm doing: attack the holes that suit my eye and make as many birdies as I can".

Internationals Charl Schwartzel and Kim Whee were tied for the runner-up at nine under.

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He sank birdie putts from about 10 feet away at both the second and sixth, and sank a shorter birdie attempt at the ninth.

He picked up three birdies on the front nine and eagled the par-five 16th to go into the weekend poised to strike for a second career win to go with his 2008 Canadian Open title. "You get a lot of kind of great memories driving in, and it just like, didn't feel like that long ago, and it was a year ago".

Sydneysider Jones, who began his round on the 10th, couldn't rediscover the first-round radar with his approach shots, but played some exquisite chips and clutch putts around several greens to maintain his challenge.

Champions: Brandt Jobe won the PGA Tour Champions event by one shot, finishing at 14-under 202 for his first victory in 19 years.

Scott had a one-over 71 to finish at four under in a tie for 22nd.

His win at the following year's Emirates Australian Open at his home course at The Australian catapulted him to the verge of the top 50 in the world rankings, but it's since been a steady decline until a recent up-tick in form.

Langer had struggled previously in Iowa, but he birdied No. 18 to pull into a tie for the lead.

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