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Friday’s roundup: Driscoll grabs lead at Pebble Beach

Associated Press

Pebble Beach, Calif. — James Driscoll birdied the final two holes Friday at Spyglass Hill for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over three players in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Driscoll, playing through a stomach illness, had a 7-under 137 total in the exhibition event. He played the past two seasons on the Web.com Tour after nearly a decade on the PGA Tour.

“I don’t know what it is,” said Driscoll, who has two runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour. “I was up at four in the morning and I was sick again just before today’s round. But I had a lot of good ups-and-downs and anytime you have a bogey-free round it’s a good day.”

Andrew Putnam, a one-time winner on the PGA Tour, was tied for second with Champions Tour player Joe Durant and the Web.com Tour’s Jeff Gove. Durant had a 70 at Pebble Beach, and Gove shot 69 at Spyglass.

“I had a solid round and overall I played OK,” said Driscoll, who had only one top-25 finish this year.

Champions Tour player Kevin Sutherland, the 2000 winner, had a 71 at Pebble Beach to join Arron Oberholer and Ryan Armour at 5 under.

Oberholser, the 2006 winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am who has no tour status, shot a 70 at Spanish Bay. Armour of the PGA Tour had a 67 at Pebble Beach.

First-round leader Kim Welch had a 75 at Spanish Bay to drop into a tie for sixth at 2 under. Juli Inkster is the only woman to win the event, accomplishing the feat in 1990.

Following the third round, the top 40 and ties in the field of 81 will advance to the final round Sunday at Pebble Beach. The winner will earn $60,000 from the $300,000 purse.

Chappell up at RSM Classic

Kevin Chappell had no trouble in a steady wind, holing a 35-foot birdie putt early and holing a 45-yard bunker shot for eagle late in his round of 5-under 65 on the Seaside Course that gave him a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic in St. Simons, Ga.

Chappell was at 11-under 131, one shot clear of Freddie Jacobson, who had a 5-under 67 on the Plantation Course, and Kevin Kisner, who had a 67 at Seaside.

Jang leads by 2 in LPGA

Ha Na Jang shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over top-ranked Lydia Ko in the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. Jang had a 10-under 134 total.

Sullivan ahead at DP Championship

England’s Andy Sullivan (66, 12 under) took a one-stroke lead in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy (8 under) moved two shots ahead of rival Danny Willett.

Emiliano Grillo was second after a 64.

Scott, Wilson lead Australian Masters

Adam Scott closed with a bogey for a 1-under 70 and a share of the lead with fellow Australian Peter Wilson at 8-under 134 after the second round of the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

LPGA in 2016

Purses on the LPGA Tour will rise by $4 million in 2016, and officials are aiming for a second event in China.

The tour released next year’s schedule on Friday, with 18 of the 33 official events held in the United States.

Purse money will rise from $59.1 million to $63.1 million, a tournament has been added in Michigan and the LPGA will take a three-week break to accommodate the return of golf to the Olympics in August.