- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - A long day for Jason Day ended even better than it began, thanks to an eagle putt at the 18th that extended his lead to five shots in the BMW Championship.

He shot an 8-under 63 to set a 36-hole tournament record at 18 under. Day’s closest pursuers were rookie Daniel Berger and Brendon Todd. Todd finished off Friday’s round of 63 by holing out an 81-yard wedge shot at No. 18. Berger had a front-nine 30 in a 64.

Day returned to the course early Friday to finish his rain-delayed first round. With a chance to make history - he needed to hole a 44-yard wedge shot for eagle and a PGA Tour record-tying 59 - Day made par instead, narrowly missing a birdie putt and carding a 61.

Day has won three times - including his first major, the PGA Championship - and is an aggregate 97 under in tournament play since a narrow miss at the British Open in late July.

After shooting 32 on the front nine to start the second round, the Aussie strung together four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back, then capped it off with an 43-foot putt for eagle at No. 18.


ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) - Carlota Ciganda ended a long first day in the Solheim Cup with the best shot - giving Europe another big boost in an already strong opening session.

The Spanish player holed out for eagle from 135 yards with a 9-iron on the par-4 17th hole to pull her and English partner Melissa Reid even with Americans Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson in the fourball match. Play was suspended because of darkness after the shot, with Europe leading the event 4-2.

In the other suspended match at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club, German pair Sandra Gal and Caroline Masson were 1 up through 15 holes against Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang.

England’s Charley Hull won two matches, teaming with fellow English player Melissa Reid to beat Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome 2 and 1 in the morning foursomes, and joining France’s Gwladys Nocera for a 3-and-2 victory over Alison Lee and Angela Stanford in fourball.

In the other afternoon match, Swedes Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist topped Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel 4 and 3. The teams split the morning matches. Creamer and Pressel beat Nordqvist and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen 2 and 1, Kerr and Thompson topped France’s Karine Icher and Spain’s Azahara Munoz 3 and 2, and Gal and Scotland’s Catriona Matthew beat Stacy Lewis and Lizette Salas 3 and 2.


DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) - Brett Stegmaier shot a 4-under 68 on to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Web.com Tour Finals’ Small Business Connection Championship.

The 32-year-old former University of Florida player had a 13-under 131 total at River Run. He had his second straight bogey-free round after opening with a 63 to take a two-stroke lead.

The four-event series features the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and non-members of the tour who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points. The top 25 players on Web.com regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on earnings in the series.

Stegmaier finished seventh in the regular-season finale in Oregon to jump to 69th on the Web.com Tour’s money list and get into the series.

Eric Axley was second after a 65. The winner of the PGA Tour’s 2006 Texas Open, he was 189th this season in the FedEx Cup standings.


MONZA, Italy (AP) - Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the second-round lead with Finland’s Lucas Bjerregaard in the Italian Open.

Bjerregaard had a 65 to match Fahrbring at 13-under 131 at Golf Club Milano.

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