Golf roundup: Glover leads by 1; Chinese teen easily makes cut after shooting 69

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Lucas Glover made an 18-foot birdie putt on his final hole Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Boo Weekley after the second round of the Zurich Classic.

Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open winner, shot a 5-under 67 to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana.

“I’ve been hitting it good for a couple months and finally started making some putts,” Glover said. “I mean, I was hitting it as good as I can hit it. But at the same time, if you putt poorly. …”

Weekley had a 68. He holed out with a wedge from 105 yards for an eagle on the par-4 10th, his first hole of the round.

“I couldn’t tell it went in because it’s got a little bit of an upper lip in the front of it,” Weekley said. “I saw it bounce, and then I didn’t see it no more. Then the people in the background started hollering and whooping, I was like, `Wow, that really went in.’ I didn’t believe it.”

D.A. Points was 10 under after a 68. Morgan Hoffmann was three strokes back at 9 under after a 69, and Ernie Els had a 69 to reach 8 under. Els lost a playoff to Jason Dufner last year in the event.

“I like the course.” Els said. “I obviously played well here last year and I’m just trying to set that same game plan and really wait for the course to come to me.”

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, followed his opening 72 with a 69 finish at 3 under to make the cut. He tied for 58th two weeks ago in the Masters after becoming the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta National, and said Thursday that he will play in a U.S. Open qualifier at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas on June 3.

“I think I played a very good round today,” Guan said. “I made a lot of birdies and a couple of good up and downs.”

Bubba Watson, the 2011 winner, rebounded from an opening 73 with a 65 to reach 6 under.

“It was good,” Watson said. “Yesterday, I played really scared. I’m trying to play good. When you do that you don’t hit quality shots and you just struggle.”

Dufner was 3 under after a 71.

Glover missed the cuts in three of his past four events, mainly because of putting problems.

“Obviously, making a lot of them to make that many birdies,” Glover said. “But a few hiccups today, but you get that here. You get out of position, and it’s hard to make par. But luckily I’ve been in position more than not. So I’m pretty pleased with my play.”

He’s working with putting instructor Dave Stockton Jr.

Champions Tour

Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman combined for 10 birdies and a one-shot lead in the Champions Tour’s Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on Friday.

Faxon had seven birdies as the duo combined for a 10-under 62 in the better-ball team competition at the Club at Savannah (Ga.) Harbor.

“I felt like I rode Secretariat all day,” Sluman said of playing with Faxon. “All I kept saying was ‘Good putt. Great putt. Another one.’”

Champions Tour points leader Bernhard Langer and teammate Tom Lehman were next and will be paired with Faxon and Sluman in Saturday’s second round of the 54-hole event.

Eight-time major champion Tom Watson and partner Andy North finished the opening round in a three-way tie for third at 8 under. Craig Stadler and Kirk Triplett also teamed for a 64, along with Tom Kite and Gil Morgan.

Faxon’s renowned putting stroke, absent for much of the 2013 season, returned on Savannah Harbor’s soft and slow greens. His birdies included four measuring 12 feet or longer with one of his shorter putts, an eight-footer, starting a run of five birdies in the final six holes. That birdie came on No. 13, a 595-yard par-5 that haunted the duo in their first Legends together last April. They failed to birdie that hole in six tries – three each – and ultimately lost the tournament by two strokes.

“I always have this dream I’m going to play 54 holes with Jeff and never help him,” Faxon said. “We did a good job of getting both balls in play and a lot of holes we had two putts for birdie on.”

While Faxon carried his partner to the top of the leaderboard, Langer and Lehman’s 9-under-par 63 was more a joint effort. Langer accounted for five of the nine birdies – two in the first three holes and three more at Nos. 16, 17 and 18 – while Lehman had his birdies in the middle of the round to sustain the momentum.

Langer, coming off his 18th career Champions Tour win last week at the Greater Gwinnett Championship in suburban Atlanta and an impressive three-day run at the Masters the week before. Lehman finished in a tie for second at Gwinnett and opened the 2013 Champions Tour season with back-to-back top-10 finishes.

Langer admitted he gave his partner “more gray hair” during the ugly middle stretch. Given the “ham and egg” play – when one struggled, the other picked up his play –Lehman came away encouraged by the low score.

“I don’t know if either of us can say we played our very best,” Lehman said. “It was a good partnership round.”

Since the Legends went to the team format in 2008, Sluman has finished second twice, third once and posted two more top-20s. Langer and Lehman defeated Sluman and Stadler in a playoff at the 2009 Legends while North and Watson edged Sluman and Stadler for the victory in 2008.

Asian Tour

Australia’s Wade Ormsby and Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij shared the lead in the suspended second round of the rain-plagued Ballantine’s Championship in Seoul, South Korea.

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