- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 27, 2008

From combined dispatches

ATLANTA | Anthony Kim and Sergio Garcia did enough Friday at the Tour Championship to set up a Ryder Cup rematch.

Kim had to settle for a 1-under 69, making bogey from the bunker on the final hole to take a two-shot lead over Sergio Garcia and put them in the final pairing just six days after their leadoff singles match at the Ryder Cup.

Kim won that match, 5 and 4, and the Americans followed him to victory at Valhalla.

The differences are obvious.

This is not match play. At stake is $1.26 million, not a 17-inch gold trophy to share. There are 36 holes remaining. And it’s not unusual for top players to be paired together on the PGA Tour.

Even so, it brought some much-needed energy to this event because they are playing so shortly after the Ryder Cup.

“We had one day of golf - really, 14 holes of golf,” Kim said, trying to downplay the pairing and instead drawing laughter.

Ochoa moves up

PRATTVILLE, Ala. | Recharged after a month off, Lorena Ochoa shot her second straight 5-under 67 to move within a stroke of leader Janice Moodie halfway through the Navistar LPGA Classic.

The top-ranked Ochoa is making her first start since tying for sixth in the Safeway Classic on Aug. 24, her fourth top-seven finish in a row but seventh straight winless start. She opened the year with six wins in nine starts, including four straight.

Six share lead

CARY, N.C. | Bruce Fleisher, Dana Quigley, Eduardo Romero, Andy Bean, Don Pooley and Chip Beck shot 4-under 68s to share the first-round lead in the SAS Championship.

Tom Kite, Loren Roberts and Kirk Hanefeld were a stroke back on the Prestonwood Country Club course, and Larry Mize opened with a 70 in his Champions Tour debut. The 1987 Masters champion turned 50 on Tuesday.

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