GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former LSU golfer Heath Slocum needs a strong finish at the Wyndham Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Tour’s postseason.
Scott Langley might not be on the playoff bubble — but he sure knows how his friend is feeling.
Slocum and Langley each shot 5-under 65 for the second straight day Friday to share the lead at 10-under 130.
Brian Stuard, Nick Watney, Martin Laird and Andrew Svoboda were a stroke back. Watney and Svoboda shot 64, Stuard had a 65 and Laird a 66.
Ryo Ishikawa had the best round of the day — a 62 that was one stroke off the course record and included six birdies on the back nine.
Since the tournament returned to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008, every two-day leader until now had been at 11 under or better.
In what’s become an annual rite of mid-August, the field is littered with players trying to prolong their seasons for at least one more week by cracking the top 125 on the points list and qualifying for the first round of the playoffs, which begin next week at The Barclays in New Jersey.
Langley isn’t one of them.
The second-year pro’s main concern is chasing his first PGA Tour victory.
He isn’t feeling quite as much stress as he did here last year, when he missed the cut yet squeaked into The Barclays at No. 124.
“Last year, so much going through my head as a rookie, not knowing how to handle it,” Langley said. “I was thinking a little too much about things that I really have no control over in terms of keeping my card, what other guys are doing. Lesson learned.”
Langley ran off three straight birdies early in his round and closed with two in a row after putting both of his approach shots less than 6 feet from the stick.
At No. 81 on the points list, his spot next week is safe.
He’s at No. 158 but is well aware that if you can somehow get into the playoffs, anything can happen.
Five years ago, he made the playoffs “by the skin of my teeth” at No. 124 — and then went on to win The Barclays.
First-round leader Camilo Villegas, who opened with a 63, put two strong rounds together after his 69 left him in a pack of players two strokes back.
Lincicome leads LPGA Championship: In Pittsford, N.Y., Brittany Lincicome opened a three-stroke lead in the wind-swept LPGA Championship, the tour’s fourth major championship of the season.
The long-hitting Lincicome followed her opening 67 with a 68 to reach 9 under at Monroe Golf Club. She won the 2009 Kraft Nabisco for her lone major title and has five LPGA Tour victories.
Lexi Thompson, tied for the first-round lead with Meena Lee, dropped into a tie for second with defending champion Inbee Park, of South Korea. Thompson had a 72, and Park shot 66.
That gave the United States two players at the top as the Americans go for their fourth straight major title of the season. Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco to start the run.
Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, had a 69 to join Lee and Jane Park at 5 under. Lee had a 73, and Park shot 69.
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis sputtered again with a 1-over 73.
Cook, Browne share FIRST-ROUND lead: In Endicott, N.Y., John Cook birdied the final two holes for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Olin Browne on Friday in the Champions Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Defending champion Bart Bryant was a stroke back along with Steve Lowery and David Frost. Bernhard Langer, the tour leader with four victories this year, topped the group at 67.
Dredge TAKES FOUR-SHOT LEAD: In Aalborg, Denmark, Wales’ Bradley Dredge topped the Made in Denmark leaderboard, with England’s Simon Wakefield in second and Dane Thomas Bjorn, who aims to secure a spot in Europe’s Ryder Cup team, tied for third.
Dredge holds a four-shot lead over Wakefield after a 3-under-par 68 second round that saw him birdie four of his last six holes. I’m delighted with the way I played,” Dredge said. “I am looking forward to the weekend.”
Wakefield produced 67, parring the opening five holes before catching fire to birdie the 15th, 16th and 17th. A dropped stroke on 18 ruined that run.
Bjorn and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar both struggled for form, posting 73 and 74, respectively.
Bjorn, who has 15 European Tour victories, began being atop of Friday’s event with Dredge before a lightning threat halted proceedings for an hour. He had started the second day with three bogeys, to finish five shots behind the leader.
Level with Bjorn is fellow Norwegian Thorbjorn Olesen, England’s Garrick Porteous and Scotland’s David Drysdale, with the latter two also shooting 3-under par.