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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, May 07, 2017 1:00 am

Golf

2 late birdies vault Reed

Associated Press

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Patrick Reed birdied his final two holes for a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead Saturday at the Wells Fargo Championship.

With one round remaining at Eagle Point, the tournament remains wide open.

Reed stuffed a short iron into 4 feet on No. 17 and reached the 580-yard 18th hole in two for a two-putt birdie, giving him a one-shot lead over Jon Rahm of Spain and Alex Noren of Sweden.

Noren, a four-time winner on the European Tour last year who is No. 12 in the world, missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have tied him for the lead. He had a 69. Rahm closed with a birdie for a 69.

Reed, going for his sixth PGA Tour victory, was at 8-under 208.. Seventeen players were within four shots of the lead.

The scores have been so tight that when the cut was made Saturday morning because of a three-hour rain delay, only seven shots separated the 36-hole leader (Francesco Molinari) from the players who made the cut on the number.

PGA CHAMPIONS: In The Woodlands, Texas, John Daly shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Kenny Perry in the PGA Tour Champions' Insperity Invitational. Daly, 51, a two-time major champion, will try for his first victory on the senior tour – and for the first time since the PGA Tour's 2004 Buick Invitational.

“It's not a familiar place I'm in. It's going to be great,” Daly said.

Especially if Daly keeps putting the way he has at The Woodlands. He has had only one bogey the first 36 holes and closed the second round with six birdies on the final 12 holes to reach 11-under 133.

Daly said he's got a putter “that I absolutely love, and I'm rolling it really good, and you never know, next week it may not show up, but I like the way I'm rolling this putter.”

Perry eagled the par-5 first hole in a 65. He knocked a 5-iron to 15 feet in two and then made the putt. He followed that with a birdie on the second hole keep close to the leader.

“Good way to open your round,” Perry said.

Jerry Smith was another stroke behind after a 66. Tommy Armour III was 8 under after a 67, and Miguel Angel Jimenez followed at 8 under after a 66. Fred Couples (68) topped the group at 6 under.

LPGA: In Mexico City, Michelle Wie rallied to beat Angel Yin in the Lorena Ochoa Match Play to join Ariya Jutanugarn, Sei Young Kim and Mi Jung Hur in the semifinals.

Four down after 11 holes at Club de Golf Mexico, Wie twice rallied to tie the long-hitting Yin and won with a birdie on the par-5 20th hole.

Wie will face the third-ranked Jutanugarn, a 19-hole winner over Cristie Kerr in the event that switched from stroke to match play and moved from November.

Wie is winless since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.