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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, May 06, 2017 1:00 am

Golf

2 tied at soggy Wells Fargo

Associated Press

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Once the rain finally stopped, the wind took over Friday in the Wells Fargo Championship. Billy Hurley III and Seamus Power of Ireland did their best to figure out the strong gusts and wound up atop the leader board at the end of a long day.

The second round started three hours late because of a violent storm that dumped nearly 2 inches of rain on Eagle Point, and 65 players had to return this morning to complete the round.

Hurley hit a 4-iron from 174 yards that came up 15 yards short, and he managed to get up-and-down to cap off a strong finish for a 3-under 69. Power shot a 71 and joined Hurley at 5-under 139.

John Peterson's last hole was a birdie on the par-5 12th hole. He was at 5 under and had six holes to play this morning. Francesco Molinari of Italy, who opened with a 66, also was at 5 under and had seven holes remaining.

Dustin Johnson couldn't get off the golf course fast enough. In his first tournament since a slip down the stairs knocked him out of the Masters, Johnson opened with a tough par save and a birdie to get within two shots of the lead until dropping shots on a pair of par 3s, getting out of position off the tee on the reachable par 5s and ending with a third bogey on No. 13.

Johnson was 2 over for his round, five shots out of the lead.

When play was halted by darkness, 80 players were at 1 over (either finished or on their back nine).

CHAMPIONS: Tom Lehman shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands, Texas. Kirk Triplett and 63-year-old Jay Haas were tied for second at 67. John Daly, Mark Brooks, Russ Cochran and Paul Goydos were another shot back, and Bernhard Langer was among a group of five players at 69.

LPGA: At Mexico City, Ariya Jutanugarn won a sister showdown Friday in the Lorena Ochoa Match Play, and Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr also advanced at Club de Golf Mexico.