Mika Miyazato birdied six of 10 holes in the middle of her round to shoot a 6-under 65 and earn the first-round lead at the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark. Miyazato finished in a tie for second at the event last year, missing a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish a stroke back of winner Ai Miyazato.
The Japanese golfer hit 16-of-18 greens in regulation on Friday to finish a shot ahead of So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford at 5 under. Ten golfers are 2 shots back at 4 under, including local favorite Stacy Lewis, who played collegiately at the nearby University of Arkansas. World No. 1 Inbee Park is 4 shots off the lead after shooting a 2-under 69.
Craig Stadler birdied five of his first 11 holes to jump into a share of the lead with Duffy Waldorf and Bernhard Langer at 5-under-par 67 in the rain-delayed Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. There were 23 players left on the course when play on the 54-hole tournament was suspended by darkness.
Ernie Els shot a 3-under 69 in the second round of the BMW International Open in Munich to maintain his 1-stroke lead. The South African made six birdies, a double bogey and a bogey, leaving him at 12-under 132 halfway through the event. He was followed by Matthew Baldwin of England (69) and Alexander Levy of France (68).