Friday’s golf: Armour, Clark share Bermuda lead, 64-year-old Funk makes minimize

Friday’s golf: Armour, Clark share Bermuda lead, 64-year-old Funk makes cut

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Southampton, Bermuda — Ryan Armour and Wyndham Clark survived ferocious wind Friday within the Bermuda Championship to share the lead going right into a weekend that features 64-year-old Fred Funk.

Armour might solely guess the place the 30 mph gusts would blow his golf ball throughout Port Royal. The 44-year-old from Ohio nonetheless managed three early birdies and one other on the par-5 seventeenth for a 1-under 70. Clark performed within the afternoon and reached 10-under par till a pair of late bogeys for a 68.

They had been at 8-under 134, one shot forward of Kramer Hickok (68).

The massive shock was Funk, who solely performed as a result of he had an opportunity to be paired along with his son, Taylor, who performed at Texas. Funk, whose final PGA Tour victory was in 2007 on the Mayakoba Basic, chipped in for birdie from the behind the ninth inexperienced for a 72, and his son was so excited he about knocked him to the bottom in celebration.

“This man is fairly rattling good for an previous man,” mentioned Taylor, who shot an 81, certainly one of 9 gamers who shot within the 80s on the windswept day in Bermuda.

“He fought again and he made the minimize, and never many 64-year-olds can do this on this planet,” he mentioned. “It was enjoyable to look at him play.”

Funk is the oldest participant to make the minimize on the PGA Tour since 65-year-old Tom Watson 5 years in the past within the RBC Heritage at Hilton. The one different gamers 64 or older to make the minimize since 1970 had been Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead.

“After which Funk. You throw that in there, it doesn’t sound correct, does it?” Fred Funk mentioned. “I don’t know whether or not I compete, however making the minimize was large.”

It wasn’t straightforward on a day like this, the place the wind was so robust it was tough to face up, particularly on a number of the holes alongside the ocean.

“At the moment was actually onerous,” Armour mentioned. “We didn’t know whether or not to say rise up, get down, what to inform it. We couldn’t choose the space very properly and we had some balls going sideways on the market and my ball doesn’t normally go sideways. And it will simply rise up within the wind and it will go 20 yards additional left or proper than you wished it to.”

That made the efficiency by Clark much more exceptional, though the wind lastly caught up with him when he took bogeys on the par-5 seventh and the par-3 eighth to fall again right into a tie with Armour.

Clark wasn’t caught up within the late bogeys, particularly the final one.

“All of us had been hitting 6- and 5-irons right into a par 3 from 160, and I missed a couple of 5-footer,” Clark mentioned. “It’s sure to occur. If I didn’t bogey these, it will be top-of-the-line rounds of my profession. However it’s fairly onerous to play a spherical with 30 mph wind and never make any bogeys.

“I’m not these final two bogeys,” he mentioned. “I’m up there in rivalry, and that’s all that issues.”

The very best spherical of the day belonged to Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who not solely shot 66, he performed bogey-free. He was three pictures behind, whereas Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington used all his Irish expertise within the wind for a 71 — two birdies, two bogeys, 14 pars — and was 4 pictures behind.

Tour champions

Taking part in his fourth occasion since revealing he’s combating bladder most cancers, John Daly shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the lead with Jim Furyk within the PGA Tour Champions’ TimberTech Champions.

Daly had his lowest rating in his five-year profession on the 50-and-over tour. The 2-time main champion gained his lone Champions title in 2017 in Houston.

“Simply drained on a regular basis, simply one thing the doc instructed me I’d be,” Daly mentioned. “Attempting to drink the correct stuff, however it’s onerous to take Weight loss plan Coke away from me. I used to be happy with myself, I solely smoked six cigarettes immediately. Often I smoke a couple of pack and a half.”

Daly eagled the par-5 18th – hitting a 7-iron to 12 ft – for a first-nine 31 on The Outdated Course at Damaged Sound. He completed the spherical with a bogey on the par-4 ninth.

The 50-year-old Furyk gained this 12 months in his first two begins on the senior tour. He birdied the final two holes and three of the final 4.

Native favourite Bernhard Langer, the winner in 2010 and 2019, was a stroke again with Duffy Waldorf, Scott Parel and Robert Karlsson. Joe Durant and Brett Quigley shot 66,

Seventy-year-old Tom Kite bettered his age with a bogey-free 67.

Ernie Els had a 69.

Nation rap artist Colt Ford opened with a 76. He’s enjoying on a sponsor exemption.

European Tour

Wales’ Jamie Donaldson and and England’s Marcus Armitage shared the lead at 11 beneath within the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open when second-round play was suspended due to darkness.

Three gamers had been a stroke again and at 8-under 132 after finishing their rounds — Richard McEvoy of England after a 66 and Sami Valimaki of Finland and David Drysdale of Scotland, each with 67s.

Donaldson was on the ultimate gap when play was halted. Armitage accomplished 15 holes, and three different gamers had been to finish their rounds on Saturday morning.

The event is being performed on the par-70 Aphrodite Hills Resort course.

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