Monty and Daly connect
Cristie Kerr, who led by four strokes after an opening 62, had a second-round 75 that included a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 485-yard 15th, and was four strokes behind the leader. Champions Tour Doug Tewell was one of nine players to complete the first round of the rain-delayed Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C., and his 2-under 70 got him the clubhouse lead. Gil Morgan and Don Pooley were one hole from knocking Tewell out of the top spot when play was called. The round will resume this morning, with the second round to immediately follow. Morgan and Pooley were 4 under through 17 holes when play was stopped after daylong showers eventually overwhelmed the fairways at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. European Tour England’s Stuart Little birdied three of the last four holes in a 4-under-par 67 and shared the lead with South Africa’s Michael Kirk after two rounds of the Abama Open de Canarias in Tenerife, Canary Islands. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The reference was to Montgomerie going through a very public divorce last year that contributed to a plunge in the world rankings, all the way down to No. 83 for a proud Scot who for years was the elite among Europeans. Daly has gone through all that and more three divorces, two stints in alcohol rehab, one PGA Tour suspension, two major championships and plenty of entertainment along the way. “You get lonely,” Daly said. “I’ve been through it a lot and I know what he went through. It’s great to see him come back. I’m sure he would love to get a win on U.S. soil. My hat’s off to him.” Harding Park, the municipal course with a $16 million makeover, has proven to be a worthy test through two rounds. It allows for good scores, dishes out bogeys with the slightest mistake and has so far kept anyone from running away from the field. The result was 13 players within three shots of the lead, and 29 players only five shots behind. LPGA Tour Dawn Coe-Jones, who hasn’t won on the LPGA Tour since 1995, shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over seven players after two rounds of the Longs Drugs Challenge in Auburn, Calif. Montgomerie and Daly will be in the final group Saturday of this World Golf Championship, along with Howell, connected not only by their tee time but by a desire to bounce back from tough times. “Both of us have had plenty of divorces, so we can always talk about that,” Daly cracked after his 67. “I’ve had a lot more than he has.” Colin Montgomerie and John Daly would seem to have little in common except for their names atop the leaderboard at the American Express Championship in San Francisco. Montgomerie plots his way around the golf course, and while Friday was a battle with jet lag, he scrambled well enough for a 1-under 69 at Harding Park that left him one shot clear of Daly and David Howell of England, with Tiger Woods and five others another shot behind. Daly swings for the fences, and he drove the green on a par 4 for the second day in a row.