Birdie burst lifts Armour into Sanderson lead

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LOS ANGELES: Ryan Armour’s six birdies included a burst of four straight on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as he seized a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Sanderson Farms Championship.

Armour, 41 and seeking his first US PGA Tour win, carded a four-under par 68 at the Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi, for a 10-under total of 134.

He was one stroke in front of South Africa’s Tyrone Van Aswegen, who had 10 birdies in a seven-under par 65 for 135.

Van Aswegen’s round also included a pair of sixes — a bogey at the par-five fifth and a double-bogey at the par-four 16th.


Ryan Armour plays a shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on Saturday in Jackson, Mississippi. AFP PHOTO

But thanks to his personal best for birdies in a round he was in contention for a first tour title.

Among four top-10 career finishes on tour, Van Aswegen’s best result is a tie for third at the 2015 Safeway Open. His most recent top 10 finish was a share of ninth at the 2017-18 season-opening Safeway Open earlier this month.

American Vaughn Taylor was in the clubhouse on eight-under 136 after carding a six-under 66 that included six birdies without a bogey.

Ireland’s Seamus Power was eight-under with two to play when thunderstorms stopped play with 30 players still on the course.

They were to complete the round on Saturday morning.

Power is making his 27th start on the US tour and he, too, is seeking his first title.

The week in Mississippi is an opportunity for the less-heralded, with the elite of the golf world gathered at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

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Sanderson Farms Championship scores

Leading scores on Friday in the weather-disrupted second round of the US PGA Tour Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi (USA unless noted. Round to resume Sunday):

134 – Ryan Armour 66-68

135 – Tyrone Van Aswegen (RSA) 70-65

136 – Vaughn Taylor 70-66

137 – Nicholas Lindheim 70-67, Wyndham Clark 66-71, Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 69-68, Brian Stuard 67-70

138 – David Hearn (CAN) 68-70, Derek Fathauer 67-71, Ben Silverman (CAN) 68-70, Dru Love 71-67, Zac Blair 68-70

AFP

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