- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 22, 2009

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. | Paula Creamer’s 25-foot par putt gave the United States a 4 1/2-3 1/2 lead after the first day of the Solheim Cup and made partner Juli Inkster the highest-scoring U.S. player in the event’s history. The 49-year-old has scored 17 1/2 points, one more than Meg Mallon, an assistant captain this year.

Only Europe’s Annika Sorenstam (24 points) and Laura Davies (23) have scored more points than Inkster in Solheim Cup play.

Creamer’s putt closed out a 2-and-1 victory over Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie, giving the sides a split of their four afternoon alternate-shot matches.

Funk trims lead

SUNRIVER, Ore. | Brad Bryant took a one-stroke lead over defending champion Fred Funk after the first two rounds of the Tradition at Crosswater Golf Club.

Bryant was steady with an even-par 72 that gave him a 10-under 134. His first-round 62 helped him hold off Funk, who is coming off a win in the U.S. Senior Open. Funk shot 67 to reach 9 under through two rounds.

Riley pulls into tie

GREENSBORO, N.C. | Chris Riley’s best round of the year pushed him into a share of the lead at the Wyndham Championship.

Riley shot a 63 to move to 11-under 129 and claim a share of the lead with Ryan Moore during an incomplete second round at the PGA Tour’s final event before the playoffs.

Moore was at 11 under through 17 holes and Jeff Maggert was at 10 under with one hole remaining when play was halted shortly after 8 p.m. by darkness.

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