Friday's roundup: Koepka shoots 67 for 1-shot lead
Memphis, Tenn. — Brooks Koepka is tuning up quite nicely for the U.S. Open at the event he added at the deadline.
Koepka, who had a share of the lead after the first round, shot a 3-under 67 on Friday to lead the St. Jude Classic by a stroke after 36 holes. He turned in a four birdie-one bogey round for a 9-under 131.
"Playing solid golf, no mistakes, being very patient, waiting for my opportunities to come," Koepka said. "And when they have come, I've kind of taken advantage of them, but I still feel like I could be about 5, 6 under par. … Really haven't been firing on all cylinders, but good enough to be at the top."
Fellow American Austin Cook (64) was at 132.
"There's a lot of people here, and I'm sure a lot more buying tickets right now to come tomorrow," Cook said after matching the best round.
Steve Alker briefly had the lead at 10 under with two holes to play, only to finish bogey-double bogey. He had a 68-133 total.
Tom Gillis (Lake Orion) shot a 2-under 68 and is tied with seven players at 6-under 134. Ryan Palmer (71) shared the first-round lead with Koepka and Greg Owen and was tied with four at 135.
Brian Stuard (Jackson) shot par 70 and is at 2-under 138.
Phil Mickelson was tied with seven others at 137 after a 69.
"The swing is starting to feel a lot better," Mickelson said. "I feel a lot more confident on where the ball is going to go, and so hopefully I'll be able to put it together and have a good round and get in contention."
Sei Young Kim eagled the 15th hole for a 5-under 68 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the second major of the season, in Harrison, N.Y.
Kim overtook Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, who birdied the 18th for a 71. Two-time defending champion Inbee Park (68) joined Webb a stroke back.
Bernhard Langer shot his second consecutive 6-under-par 65 to extend his lead to four shots halfway through the Senior Players Championship in Belmont, Mass.
Russ Cochran also shot 65 and sat alone in second place.
Steve Pate set a course-record with a bogey-free 63 that left him in a three-way tie for third place and six shots back, with Lee Janzen and Jesper Parnevik.
Tiger Woods and Masters champion Jordan Spieth will start the U.S. Open on prime-time TV.
Spieth was placed in the same group as Jason Day and Justin Rose for the opening two rounds next week at Chambers Bay. They will tee off at 5:17 p.m. EDT as Fox Sports makes its debut in major championship golf.
Woods is in the group right behind them with Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen.
Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 1 player, is with defending champion Martin Kaymer and U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang. Phil Mickelson is with Angel Cabrera and Bubba Watson.