- Associated Press - Friday, July 26, 2013

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.

Coming off a ninth-place tie last week in the British Open, the five-time PGA Tour winner had eight birdies in his bogey-free round at Glen Abbey to reach 13-under 131.

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.

Bubba Watson was 9 under after a 67. Aaron Baddeley and Patrick Reed shot 68 to reach 8 under, and Tommy Gainey (64), Chris Kirk (69) and James Hahn (68) followed at 7 under.

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

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) _ American Mark Wiebe shot at 5-under 65 at Royal Birkdale for a share of the lead with Germany’s Bernhard Langer after the second round of the Senior British Open.

Langer, the 2010 champion at Carnoustie, had a 67 to match Wiebe at 5-under 135.

South Africa’s David Frost was a stroke back after a 68. First-round leader Gene Sauers had a 70 join Peter Fowler (69) and Mark McNulty (67) at 3 under.

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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