CROMWELL, Conn. - Fred Funk and PGA Tour rookie Zach Johnson had near perfect outings Friday to share a one-stroke lead in the Buick Championship after two rounds.
Johnson shot 5-under 65 and Funk had a 66 to move to 8 under par (132) for the tournament, one better than Hank Kuehne (65). First-round leader Corey Pavin and Jose Coceres were two strokes back. A group of six was three strokes behind the leaders.
Johnson, the Nationwide Tour player of the year in 2003, hit all 14 fairways and had seven one-putts in the round. After two days, he's been the most accurate, hitting 27 of 28 fairways. He began the day five strokes off the lead, but finished with six birdies to tie Funk. It was his first appearance at the TPC at River Highlands. Funk, the most accurate driver on tour, missed his last green, costing him sole possession of the lead. Fred Couples, Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton and former tournament champ Nick Price missed the cut of 1 over or better.
LPGA: Jill McGill shot 8-under-par 64 to take a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the Wachovia LPGA Classic in Kutztown, Pa. McGill, a nine-year LPGA Tour veteran looking for her first victory, birdied six of seven holes from the eighth through 14th for a tournament 36-hole record 14-under 130, four strokes better than the mark set by Moira Dunn in 2001.
Soo-Yun Kang (66) and Suzann Pettersen (63) were three strokes back. Shi Hyun Ahn (67) and Grace Park (66) were another stroke back at 10 under, and McGill's first round co-leaders, Hilary Lunke (69) and Laura Diaz (69), were tied with Lorena Ochoa (68) at 135.
Si Re Pak, the 2002 winner, withdrew midway through a round that included three double bogeys. Tournament officials said Pak, who opened with 2-under 70, was ill. She did not speak to reporters. Dottie Pepper, who last month announced plans to retire after this season, withdrew because of soreness caused by a pinched nerve in her neck. She had 70 in the first round.
EUROPEAN PGA: Miguel Angel Jimenez's 66 gave the Spaniard a one-shot lead at the BMW International Open in Nord Eichenried, Germany, where European players are in a last-minute scramble to make the Ryder Cup team. Four berths and two captain's picks are up for grabs at the final qualifying event to make the 12-man team.
Jimenez, who has clinched his second Ryder Cup appearance, posted a two-day total of 10-under 134, a shot better than England's David Lynn and first-round leader Retief Goosen of South Africa.