Golf Capsules

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) England’s Jimmy Mullen shot a 3-under 69 at St. Andrews on Thursday to maintain a share of the lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in his pro debut.

The 21-year-old Mullen turned professional after going 4-0 last month in the Walker Cup to help Britain and Ireland beat the United States.

England’s Anthony Wall had a 68 at St. Andrews to join Mullen at 11-under 133.

Ireland’s Paul Dunne, also making his pro debut after playing in the Walker Cup, was a stroke back along with Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, American Chris Stroud and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen. Dunne shot a 70 at St. Andrews. Donaldson had a 65, and Stroud and Olesen shot 66, all at Kingsbarns.

Carnoustie also is in course rotation. The final round will be played at St. Andrews.


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Emiliano Grillo holed out from 175 yards for an eagle on the par-4 18th hole to take the lead in the Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.

The 23-year-old player from Argentina finished with a 6-under 64 to reach 10-under 130 after two rounds on TPC Sawgrass’ rain-soaked Dye’s Valley Course. He used a 9-iron on the eagle.

Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, was second after a 67.

The tournament is the fourth and final event in the series for the top 75 players from the Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and non-members such as Grillo who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points.

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

Grillo is fifth on the series money list with $103,667, more than enough to wrap up a PGA Tour card. He lost a playoff in March in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.

Glover was 147th in the FedEx Cup standings and is 15th in the series with $38,991. Last year, Eric Axley took the 25th card with $36,312.


HONG KONG (AP) – China’s Jin Cheng shot a 2-under 68 to maintain a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur.

The 17-year-old Jin had a 10-under 130 total at Clearwater Bay. Japan’s Takashi Ogiso was second after a 65. The tournament winner will get a spot next year in the Masters.