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Question of the Day
GULLANE, SCOTLAND (AP) - Miguel Angel Jimenez looked like the only guy who was having fun.
On a punishing day at Muirfield _ the course with a reputation as the fairest links of them all _ leave it to a 49-year-old Spaniard who enjoys the simple pleasures in life to make such a demanding test at the British Open seem like just another round of golf.
There was calamity all around him Friday.
Zach Johnson lost the lead with a three-putt from 10 feet. Brandt Snedeker took four putts from 15 feet. Tiger Woods played well enough to be only one shot behind and rarely smiled.
Jimenez, with his frizzy red hair bunched into a ponytail, made his way around Muirfield with only two bogeys for an even-par 71 that gave him a one-shot lead over Woods, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson going into the weekend. Trying to become the oldest major winner, Jimenez was at 3-under 139.
For most players, it was tough to enjoy anything about a course that brought the easterly wind for the first time all week, and greens that hit warp speed even after tournament officials hand-watered overnight.
Woods went 12 holes without a birdie, saving his round with a collection of tough pars, and he finished with a 6-iron from 212 yards to 15 feet for a birdie and a 71. Westwood matched the best round of the day with a 68, while Stenson had a 70. Dustin Johnson shot 72.
Zach Johnson had a 75 to drop to 1 under.
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) _ Paula Creamer shot a 3-under 68 for a share of the Marathon Classic lead with Alison Walshe and Spain’s Beatriz Recari at 8-under 134.
Creamer, the tournament winner five years ago when it was called the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, is winless since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.
Recari, the winner this year in Carlsbad, Calif., had the day’s low round with a 65. She climbed from a tie for 19th after opening with a 69. Walshe had a 69.
Jacqui Concolino was another shot back after a 68. The world’s top-ranked pro, Inbee Park, and top-ranked amateur, Lydia Ko, were 6 under along with Chie Arimura.
Park shot 69. She has six wins this season, including the first three major championships. Ko had a 67. The 16-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander won the Canadian Women’s Open last year at 15 to become the youngest LPGA Tour champion. Arimura also shot 67.
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