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  • Associated Press Tiger Woods hits from the 13th fairway during the second round of the Quicken Loans National Friday in Potomac, Md. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018 1:00 am

Golf

Three share lead; Woods 4 back

Associated Press

POTOMAC, Md. – Beau Hossler has been hanging around the lead on the weekend in search of his first PGA Tour victory, and he gets another chance at the Quicken Loans National.

So does Tiger Woods.

Hossler, the 23-year-old in his first full year on the tour, birdied four of his last five holes and finished with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a 4-under 66 to give him a share of the lead with Ryan Armour and Brian Gay.

Armour (65) and Gay (64) each made short birdies on the par-3 ninth hole to finish their rounds and tie for the lead.

Woods finished a steamy morning on the TPC Potomac at Avenel with two pars that felt just as big. On a day in which he made seven birdies – all but two of them from 15 feet or longer – Woods didn't let a good round go to waste at the end. He saved par from the bunker on the eighth and ninth holes for a 65. That matched his low score of the year and left him four shots behind, the closest he has been going into the weekend since he was two shots back at the Valspar Championship.

“I'm not that far back,” Woods said. “The scores aren't going to be that low and it's going to be a tough weekend. It will be over 100 degrees and it will be a long weekend mentally and physically. I'm in a good position now.”

Hossler has at least a share of the 36-hole lead for the third time this year. He has shot in the 60s in 21 of his last 38 rounds.

The leaders were at 9-under 131, one shot ahead of Francesco Molinari (65) and Billy Horschel (68).

LPGA: In Kildeer, Illinois, Lydia Ko surged into contention at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 in the second round to move two strokes off the lead.

The 21-year-old New Zealander shook off a rough first round at Kemper Lakes to reach 4 under and give herself a shot to win her third major.

First-round leader Sung Hyun Park (72), 2016 winner Brooke Henderson (71) and So Yeon Ryu (69) were tied for the lead at 6-under 138.Top-ranked Inbee Park (76) missed the cut at 5 over 149.

EUROPEAN: In Paris, Marcus Kinhult of Sweden carded a 6-under 65 to seize a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the French Open.

Kinhult, who started his campaign on Thursday with four straight bogeys, produced an eagle, six birdies and two dropped strokes in the second round to finish with a 6-under total of 136, two clear of England's Chris Wood (68).

“It's a position I have never been in before so we'll see,” said Kinhult, 21. He is playing in only his 31st European Tour event.

Jon Rahm of Spain (69) and overnight leader Bradley Dredge of Wales (72), who ended his round with two bogeys, were joint third on 139.

World No. 2 Justin Thomas was at 140 with fellow American Julian Suri, Gregory Havret of France and Matthew Fitzpatrick of England.