Chris Kirk was at his best when the wind was at its worst Friday in the McGladrey Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga.
Kirk rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt from off the green, chipped in from nearly 60 feet for birdie on another hole and wound up with another 4-under 66 at Sea Island to take a one-shot lead going into the weekend.
“Definitely shot my score on that back nine,” said Kirk, who started the second round on the back. “I made a pretty easy bogey on No. 10 and it was just kind of like, ‘Yeah, this is going to be a pretty tough day.’ But I didn’t let it bug me.”
He followed with five birdies to get into the lead, and stayed there with a pair of saves — one for bogey on No. 4, another from a plugged lie in the bunker on No. 8.
Kirk was at 8-under 132, one shot ahead of Kevin Chappell (68), Webb Simpson (68), John Senden (67) and Briny Baird (70).
Tiger Woods shot a 9-under 63 to trim a six-shot deficit to one after the second round of the Turkish Open. Woods is in fifth place at 11 under, just a shot behind the leading foursome of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (68), England’s Ian Poulter (66), Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (65) and South African Justin Walters (66). … Adam Scott took advantage of easier morning conditions to shoot a 4-under-par 67 and take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian PGA championship. …Japan’s Shiho Oyama shot a 4-under 68 to take the first-round lead in the Mizuno Classic. … The LPGA Tour is returning to Michigan for the first time in more than a decade. The Meijer LPGA Classic will be played Aug. 7-10 at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.