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OAKVILLE, ONTARIO (AP) - Hunter Mahan birdied the final three holes Friday for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Open.
John Merrick was second after a 62. He tied the course record set by Leonard Thompson in 1981 and matched by Andy Bean in 1983 _ both when Glen Abbey played to a par of 71 _ and Greg Norman in 1986. Merrick had an eagle and 10 birdies, playing the back nine in 6-under 31.
Mike Weir was the top Canadian, following his opening 73 with a 67 to move into a tie for 26th at 4 under.
SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
U.S. GIRLS’ JUNIOR
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) _ Lakareber Abe moved into position to become the first black female player to win a U.S. Golf Association individual championship, winning two matches to advance to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
The 17-year-old Abe, from Angleton, Texas, beat Kathleen Scavo of Benicia, Calif., 4 and 3 in the morning quarterfinals, and topped Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., 1 up in the afternoon semifinals. Abe will be a senior in high school and is set to play at Alabama.
Abe will face Gabriella Then in the final. Then, the 17-year-old Upland, Calif., player who will be a freshman at Southern California, beat Yueer Feng of Orlando, Fla., 1 up in the semifinals, and edged Megan Khang of Rockland, Mass., 2 and 1 in the semifinals.
Abe also is trying to become the fourth black player to win a USGA individual title, following Bill Wright, Alton Duhon and Tiger Woods.
U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR
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