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Westwood surges clear in Malaysia as Larrazabal dives for cover

(Reuters) - Lee Westwood surged four shots clear at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Friday after an eventful second round where Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to avoid a swarm of hornets. The former world number one Englishman took his two-day total to 13-under after a six-under-par 66 and put himself in prime position to end an almost two-year trophy drought. Filipino Antonio Lascuna and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts were his nearest challengers at nine-under.

Golf: Masters contender Kuchar shares PGA Heritage lead

Matt Kuchar carried on his good form from the Masters to fire a five-under par 66 for a share of the first-round lead at the $5.8 million US PGA Heritage on Thursday. Fellow Americans Scott Langley and William McGirt, each seeking a first tour triumph, were level with Kuchar after 18 holes at Harbour Town, two shots ahead of Harris English. Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old talent who shared second-place honors at Augusta National last week, was in a pack of 15 players on 69.

Golf: PGA Heritage scores

Scores after Thursday's first round of the $5.8 million US PGA Tour's Heritage (par 71, USA unless noted): 66 - Matt Kuchar, Scott Langley, William McGirt 68 - Harris English 69 - Russell Knox (SCO), Rory Sabbatini (RSA), Billy Horschel, Matt Every, Robert Allenby (AUS), Bo Van Pelt, Brian Harman, Ben Martin, Tim Herron, Brian Stuard, John Mallinger, Lucas Glover, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Streelman, Charles Howell

Golf: Stanford seizes LPGA lead with eight-under 64

Angela Stanford nabbed eight birdies in an eight-under par 64 on Thursday to grab the second-round lead at the LPGA Lotte Championship. Stanford, a five-time LPGA Tour winner, improved her score from the first round by eight shots, her eight-under par total of 136 giving her a one-stroke lead over fellow American Michelle Wie. Wie carded a bogey-free five-under par 67 at Ko Olina Golf Club for a seven-under par total of 137.

Golf: LPGA Lotte Championship scores

Leading second-round scores on Thursday in the $1.7 million US LPGA Lotte Championship (USA unless noted, a-denotes amateur, par-72): 136 - Angela Stanford 72-64 137 - Michelle Wie 70-67 138 - Cristie Kerr 72-66, Park In-Bee (KOR) 70-68, Kim Hyo-Joo (KOR) 68-70, Ryu So-Yeon (KOR) 68-70 139 - Jang Ha-Na (KOR), Pak Se-Ri (KOR) 68-71 140 - Haru Nomura (JPN) 73-67, Katie Burnett 71-69, a-Lee So Young (KOR) 70-70 141 - Tiffany Joh 73-68, Jennifer Kirby (CAN) 72-69, Paula Reto (RSA) 72-69, Christel Boeljon (NED) 71-70

Kuchar shrugs off Masters letdown, grabs early Heritage lead

(Reuters) - Matt Kuchar shrugged off his Masters near-miss last week to surge into the clubhouse lead during the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday. Kuchar, who contended in Sunday's final round at Augusta National before slipping back into a tie for fifth, put that disappointment behind him and shot a five-under-par 66 on a cool, breezy morning at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island.

Golf: Westwood roars back after slow start in Malaysia

Lee Westwood fired eight birdies to surge to the first-round lead of the Malaysian Open on Thursday with a seven-under par 65, staying sharp after a solid performance at last week's Masters. Big-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium was just a stroke back on 66 after matching the Englishman's birdie count but falling short due to a pair of bogeys on day one at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Westwood, who managed a seventh-place finish at the Masters on Sunday, stumbled out of the blocks in Malaysia with a bogey on his first hole of the day.

Golf: Pak shares LPGA lead with Ryu, Kim

Hall-of-Famer Pak Se-Ri and fellow South Koreans Ryu So-Yeon and Kim Hyo-Joo shared the lead on Wednesday after a windy first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship. The Korean trio all carded four-under par 68s at Ko Olina Golf Club, where steady winds of about 15 miles per hour (24.14 Km) were punctuated by gusts of more than 30 mph (48.28 Km/h). The top trio were one stroke in front of Japan's Ayako Uehara, whose 69 put her one shot in front of a group of five players sharing fifth place that included world number one Park In-Bee.

LPGA tourney in S. Korea expands to four rounds

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- The only LPGA Tour event held each year in South Korea will expand from three rounds to four rounds starting this year, organizers said on Thursday. The LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship will be played over 72 holes on the par-72 Ocean Course at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul, from Oct. 16 to 19, organizers said in a statement. The purse will also increase from US$1.9 million to $2 million.

Golf: LPGA Lotte Championship scores

Leading first-round scores on Wednesday in the $1.7 million US LPGA Lotte Championship (USA unless noted, x-denotes amateur, par-72): 68 - Kim Hyo-Joo (KOR), Pak Se-Ri (KOR), Ryu So-Yeon (KOR) 69 - Ayako Uehara (JPN) 70 - Amy Anderson, Jang Ha-Na (KOR), x-Lee So-Young (KOR), Park In-Bee (KOR), Michelle Wie 71 - Christel Boeljon (NED), Katie M. Burnett, Pornanong Phatlum (THA), Lindsey Wright (AUS)
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