- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Naval Academy graduate Billy Hurley III shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Ernie Els into the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

Hurley had four birdies in his bogey-free round at Congressional to reach 15 under. The 607th-ranked player in the world said he couldn’t think of a better tournament to be his first PGA Tour victory because of its proximity to his Annapolis home and connections to the military.

Els holed out for eagle on the par-4 12th and finished with a 65. The 46-year-old hit a 9-iron from the fairway from 157 yards out, the first time he said he’s ever “slam-dunked” a ball right into the hole.

Jon Rahm, who held the lead after one round and shared it with Hurley after two, struggled. Playing his first event as a professional, the 21-year-old former Arizona State star from Spain had four bogeys in a 70 that left him three strokes behind Hurley.

Bill Haas and Webb Simpson were five back at 10 under. They each shot 68.

Vijay Singh (71) and Harold Varner III (70) were 8 under.


ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - Top-ranked Lydia Ko eagled the par-5 18th to tie the course record at 9-under 62 and take a share of the second-round lead Saturday in the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship.

Ko matched Morgan Pressel at 14-under 128 at Pinnacle Country Club, tying the tournament 36-hole record set by Veronica Felibert in 2012.

The 19-year-old Ko played the final eight holes in 7 under, making five birdies and the eagle. She has two LPGA Tour victories this year, including the major ANA Inspiration, to push her career total to 12.

Pressel, winless since 2008, had a 63.

China’s Jing Yan, Taiwan’s Candie Kung and Canada’s Alena Sharp were 12 under. Sharp birdied the last two holes for a 65, Yan also shot 65, and Kung had a 66.

First-round leader Ayako Uehara followed her opening 62 with a 74 to drop to 6 under.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Jean-Francois Remesy had two eagles in an 8-under 64 to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ inaugural American Family Insurance Championship.

The last alternate to get into the field after losing a playoff in a Monday qualifier, the 52-year-old Frenchman holed out for eagle from 92 yards with a 52-degree wedge on the par-4 first. He also eagled the par-5 11th, and had four birdies in the bogey-free round to reach 13-under 131 at University Ridge.

Gene Sauers and Bart Bryant were a stroke back. Sauers, tied for the first-round lead with Estaban Toledo after an opening 63, had a 69. He’s is in contention two weeks after withdrawing from the Constellation Senior Players Championship because of a bulging disk.

Bryant birdied the final hole for a 66. Mike Goodes (66) was 11 under, and Kirk Triplett (66), Billy Andrade (67) and Kevin Sutherland (69) were 10 under.

Large crowds again followed the players in the event that hometown PGA Tour player Steve Stricker helped launch and hosts. He turns 50 in February and will be eligible to play next year.


PULHEIM, Germany (AP) - Heavy rain washed out play in the BMW International Open.

None of the leaders got on the Gut Laerchenhof course before third-round play was halted at noon.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, France’s Raphael Jacquelin and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat were tied for the second-round lead. Denmark’s Thorbjoern Olesen was a stroke back.

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