Scotland's Jamieson shares lead in South Africa

Scotland's Scott Jamieson

Tshwane Open leaderboard after round two:
-10 S Jamieson (Sco), A Bjork (Swe); -9 J Morrison (Eng); -8 J Walters (Rsa), T Aiken (Rsa), P Karmis (Rsa); -7 M Korhonen (Fin), G Havret (Fra), G Mulroy (Rsa).
Selected others: -5 S Webster (Eng), J Smith (Eng), J Donaldson (Wal); -4 L Slattery (Eng), M Warren (Sco), R McGowan (Eng), M Southgate (Eng), R Ramsay (Sco), C Paisley (Eng), D Stewart (Sco), G Storm (Eng); -3 C Hanson (Eng), D Horsey (Eng).
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Scotland’s Scott Jamieson shares the lead with Sweden’s Alexander Bjork at the halfway stage of the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Jamieson followed his first-round 67 with a 65 on Friday, while Bjork has gone 65, 67 to leave both on 10 under.

Home favourite Thomas Aiken bagged the round of the day, a nine-under-par 62 that took him to eight under overall.

Glasgow-born Jamieson, 33, said: “It was very solid again from tee to green, like Thursday.”

Jamieson has spent the last two seasons battling to retain his playing privileges, finishing 106th and 107th in the Race to Dubai, but won his sole European Tour title in South Africa at the rain-shortened Nelson Mandela Championship in 2013.

“I’m delighted with that today,” the Scot added after his 65 at Pretoria Country Club. “I struggled a bit last week from tee to green but it seems to have clicked this week. Hopefully I can hole a few more putts this weekend.

“The rough out there is pretty extreme but there’s not a great deal of drivers (off the tee), which is probably suiting me right now because I struggled last week with my driver.”

England’s James Morrison is a shot off the lead on nine under thanks to a second round of 66, with Scots Marc Warren, Richie Ramsay and Duncan Stewart in a share of 18th on four under thanks to second rounds of 67, 70 and 72. Fellow Scot David Drysdale is back on two under after a second round 68.

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World Golf Championships: Westwood shares lead in Mexico

Lee Westwood

WGC Mexico Championships, first-round leaderboard:
-4 L Westwood (Eng), R Fisher (Eng), P Mickelson (US), R Moore (US), J Walker (US), J Rahm (Spa); -3 R McIlroy (NI), C Wood (Eng), S Garcia (Spa), F Zanotti (Par), M Kuchar (US), P Perez (US)
Selected others: -2 T Fleetwood (Eng), R Fowler (US); -1 T Hatton (Eng), J Rose (Eng), D Johnson (US), M Kaymer (Ger); Level J Spieth (US), +5 P Reed (US)
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Lee Westwood is in a six-way tie for the lead after round one of the World Golf Championships event in Mexico.

The Englishman, 43, was on course to be the sole overnight leader but bogeyed the final two holes to finish with a round of 67 in Mexico City.

Westwood is joined on four under by compatriot Ross Fisher, Americans Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore and Jimmy Walker and Spain’s Jon Rahm.

World number three Rory McIlroy is a shot further back after a 68.

The 27-year-old Northern Irishman is playing his first tournament after seven weeks out with a rib injury.

McIlroy made par on 14 holes, hitting one eagle, two birdies and one bogey in a solid round.

Westwood was more uneven in his scoring, making eight birdies in his first 16 holes before ending with back-to-back bogeys to add to two others earlier in his round.

England’s Chris Wood and Spain’s Sergio Garcia are part of a six-man group tied for seventh, a shot behind the leaders.

Tommy Fleetwood carded a two-under-par 69, a shot ahead of fellow Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose, with world number one Dustin Johnson also on one under.

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IOC warns Tokyo 2020 over men-only golf course

Kasumigaseki Country Club

The International Olympic Committee warns it will move the Tokyo 2020 golf event from its current venue if it does not admit women.

The Kasumigaseki Country Club does not allow women to become full members or play on Sundays.

“I respect it’s a private club but our position is clear. We will only go to a club that has non-discrimination,” said IOC vice president John Coates.

“At some point there has to be a cut-off.”

However Coates added that he does not expect to have to find another host for the event.

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“It’s possible to go elsewhere but I think this is going to work out,” he added.

“My understanding is as recent as this week there have been more discussions with the club, that it’s heading in the right direction for them to have a non-discriminatory membership.

“It would appear that we should be able to have this resolved by the end of June.”

In February, club chairman Kiichi Kimura described the controversy as “annoying” after initial internal discussions had not resulted in any decision on Kasumigaseki’s membership policy.

“We are baffled,” he said.