Late birdie binge lifts Todd to lead

IRVING, Texas — Brendon Todd birdied his final two holes Friday to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds at the Byron Nelson Championship.

The birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 wrapped up a 6-under 64 and put Todd alone atop the crowded leaderboard at 8-under 132. Among eight players at 6 under were Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner Sunday, and Paul Casey after his record back nine.

Casey was over par before matching the PGA Tour record for the best score on a back nine, an 8-under 27 with six birdies and an eagle. That was part of his 7-under 63 that was the low round of the day.

Also at 6 under were 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet, Morgan Hoffmann, Tim Herron, Charles Howell III and Marc Leishman.

LPGA Tour

Hee Young Park TOPS LEADERBOARD: In Williamsburg, Va., Hee Young Park topped the leaderboard at 8 under in the suspended second round of the Kingsmill Championship.

The South Korean player shot a 3-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lang, Lexi Thompson, Azahara Munoz and Lizette Salas.

The second-ranked Lewis, in position to take the top spot in the world ranking from Inbee Park, had a 65, and Lang finished with a 68.

Thompson, Munoz and Salas were unable to finish the round because of darkness after the start of play was delayed 3½ hours because of overnight rain. Thompson, the Kraft Nabisco winner, and Munoz had five holes left, and Salas had seven remaining.

Coming off a victory two weeks ago in the North Texas LPGA Shootout, Lewis would jump to No. 1 with a victory or a solo second-place finish, as long as third-ranked Lydia Ko doesn’t win. Ko, 2 under with six holes left in the round, needs a victory to move to No. 1. Inbee Park is skipping the tournament.

Champions Tour

Calcavecchia grabs lead at Regions Tradition: In Birmingham, Ala., Mark Calcavecchia made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole to take a one-stroke lead over Jay Haas after the second round of the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek.

Calcavecchia shot his second straight 3-under 69 to reach 6-under, while Haas had a 70 after they came in as part of a four-way tie at the Champions Tour major.

Haas missed a 4-footer on No. 18 to give Calcavecchia a shot at sole possession of the lead.

Kenny Perry and Olin Browne were 4 under. Perry had a 68, and Browne shot 71. Browne was part of the first-round logjam along with Chien Soon Lu, who shot a 77.

Haas birdied the first four holes, and Calcavecchia had three birdies on the first six holes.

European Tour

Pieters IN FRONT BY ONE SHOT: In Girona, Spain, Thomas Pieters overcame three early bogeys to shoot a second consecutive 3-under 69 Friday and take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open.

The Belgian rookie, who earned his European Tour card here at the PGA Catalunya Resort in November, had a 6-under 138 total to sit one shot ahead of first-round leader Eddie Pepperell of England (71) and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands (69).

Italy’s Francesco Molinari had six birdies to sit two shots back after a 67.

The 22-year-old Pieters “I just hung in there and made some late birdies. The wind died out on the last nine and I took advantage of that.”

Sergio Garcia had six bogeys in his 74 to slip five behind Pieters.