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Posted: Sep 19, 2014 10:20 PM

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — South Africa's Paula Reto birdied her final hole Friday for a 6-under 66 and a three-stroke lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

Reto had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her opening nine — the back nine on Capitol Hill's Senator layout. The 24-year-old former Purdue player finished with eight birdies and two bogeys to reach 13-under 131.

South Korea's Mi Jung Hur, tied for the first-round lead with top-ranked Stacy Lewis at 64, was second after a 70. Hur had four birdies and two bogeys.

Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, was third at 9 under after a 71. She had five birdies and four bogeys.

Sydnee Michaels, Alison Walshe and Moriya Jutanugarn were 7 under. Michaels shot 65, Walshe 68, and Jutanugarn 69. Former University of Alabama star Stephanie Meadow was 2 under after a 74.

Lexi Thompson, the 2011 winner at age 16, missed the cut with rounds of 70 and 78.

HAWAII CHAMPIONSHIP

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Tom Pernice Jr. birdied his final four holes for a 12-under 60 and a four-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Hawaii Championship.

Pernice finished a stroke off the tour record of 59 set by Kevin Sutherland last month in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York.

Pernice played his final nine holes — the front nine at Kapolei Golf Club — in 7-under 29, also birdieing Nos. 1, 2 and 4. He had five birdies on his opening nine.

The 55-year-old Pernice, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour winner, won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his third Champions Tour title.

Michael Allen was second after a 64.

Davis Love III opened with a 69 in his Champions Tour debut. The 20-time PGA Tour winner turned 50 in April.

WEB.COM TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Zac Blair topped the Web.com Tour Championship leaderboard at 12 under when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.

Blair was 5 under with three holes left in the round that was delayed because of rain. On Thursday, the 24-year-old former BYU player shot a 63 to match the record on TPC Sawgrass' Dye's Valley Course.

After missing the cuts in the first three events in the Web.com Tour Finals, Blair needs to earn about $40,000 in the season finale to earn a PGA Tour card.

The four-event series is limited to the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.

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The top 25 on the Web.com money list have earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on their earnings in the series.

Derek Fathauer was second at 9 under after a 66.

Tommy Gainey broke the course record with a 62 to move into a tie for ninth at 5 under.

WALES OPEN

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Ireland's Shane Lowry shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead in the Wales Open, and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher missed the cut in his final tournament before his first Ryder Cup.

Lowry had a 9-under 133 total on Celtic Manor's Twenty-Ten Course.

Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Dutchman Joost Luiten were tied for second. Colsaerts had a 68, eagling the 18th hole for the second day in a row, and Luiten shot 69.

Gallacher followed his opening 78 with a 70.

European Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood, Jamie Donaldson and Thomas Bjorn also are in the field. Donaldson was tied for 10th at 5 under after a 67, Bjorn was tied for 22nd at 2 under after a 69, and Westwood was tied for 55th at even par after a 69.