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Willett, Rahm share lead at BMW PGA

Jon Rahm of Spain in action on day two of the PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, England, Thursday Sept. 19, 2019. (Tess Derry/PA via AP)

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) A fast start by Danny Willett and a sublime finish by Jon Rahm helped them into a tie for the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday.

Willett was 5 under after his first five holes and rolled in three more birdies in a 7-under 65, lifting the former Masters champion atop the leaderboard at the flagship event at the European Tour's headquarters.

The Englishman was soon joined on 11 under overall by No. 6-ranked Rahm, who hit a 4-iron to 10 feet at the par-5 18th hole and made the eagle putt to complete a round of 67.

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An shoots 66 again, leads Sanderson by 2

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Byeong Hun An was making so many birdies in the Sanderson Farms Championship he worried the storms would cost him momentum.

Even waking up at 4 a.m. to play 25 holes Friday didn't slow him. Read More...

Triplett on top at Sanford International

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Kirk Triplett birdied two of his last three holes for a 4-under 66 in strong gusts Friday to take a one-shot lead after one round of the Sanford International on the PGA Tour Champions.

Triplett, who won in March and leads the circuit with four runner-up finishes this year, was among only four players to have just one bogey on their cards. Read More...

Aussie Lukas Michel wins US Mid-Amateur

PARKER, Colo. (AP) Lukas Michel of Australia twice came back from 3-hole deficits Thursday and won the U.S. Mid-Amateur, becoming the first international winner in the event's 39-year history and earning a spot in the Masters.

Michel had a 1-up lead over Joseph Deraney after four holes in the 36-hole championship match at Colorado Golf Club. That was the last time he led until a birdie on the 33rd hole in the afternoon. Michel went 2 up with another birdie on the par-5 16th, and polished off a 2-and-1 victory with a par on No. 17. Read More...

Woods part of 'Japan Skins' game

Tiger Woods is playing another skins game with two big differences. This one is in Japan and will be broadcast live around the world by Discovery-owned GOLFTV.

The exhibition is called "The Challenge: Japan Skins," and it will be played Oct. 21 leading into the PGA Tour's first official event in Japan. It features four of golf's biggest names from each of their continents - Woods, Rory McIlroy of Europe, Jason Day of Australia and Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama. Read More...

Karlsson is 1st vice cap'n for Ryder Cup

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) European captain Padraig Harrington has selected Robert Karlsson as his first vice captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

Karlsson performed the same role under Thomas Bjorn when the European team regained the trophy at Le Golf National in Paris last year. Read More...

Europe stuns US to reclaim Solheim Cup

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) Suzann Pettersen stood over the final shot of her golfing career, not quite realizing it also was the last shot of the most dramatic Solheim Cup ever played.

Europe's players had their hands over their mouths, and their captain could barely watch. Blissfully unaware of what was unfolding was 1-year-old Herman, Pettersen's first child who was also among the thousands around the 18th green at Gleneagles. Read More...

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