Westwood, Willis share 1-stroke lead at St. Jude

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Englishman Lee Westwood birdied his final three holes and grabbed a share of a one-stroke lead Friday with Garrett Willis after the second round of the St. Jude Classic.

Westwood had a one-stroke lead after the first round, and the world’s No. 3-ranked player had to scramble a bit after two bogeys dropped him two strokes off the lead in this final tuneup for the U.S. Open. He rolled in a 26-footer for birdie on No. 17, and then hit a 9-iron within 4 feet for a 68 that tied him with Willis at 9-under 131 total through 36 holes.

Willis, who spent last year on the Nationwide Tour, had five birdies in a bogey-free round to put himself in the final group for Saturday.

Charley Hoffman had the clubhouse lead early with a 65 and was at 132. Robert Karlsson (66) and Robert Garrigus (66) were tied for third at 133.

Connell just makes cut
- Former Mississippi State All-American Michael Connell found himself floating just above the cut line after finishing the second round of the St. Jude Classic.
Connell followed a first-day 66 with a 75 to finish 1-over par, tied with 20 others at the cut line.
With 81 players making the cut, they face another cut today after 54 holes to trim the field further to the low 70 golfers and ties.

The Associated Press