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Golf roundup — Sept. 6

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Dick Mast took the first-round lead in the Montreal Championship, shooting a 3-under 69 on La Vallee du Richelieu’s difficult Rouville Course in Sainte-Julie, Quebec.

The 62-year-old Mast, winless on the 50-and-over tour, had five birdies and two bogeys.

Kenny Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, opened with a 70 on the tree-lined layout.

Bernhard Langer was another stroke back along with Mark Brooks, Mike Reid, Tom Pernice Jr. and David Frost.

Mark Calcavecchia, the winner last year on the adjacent Vercheres layout, had a 74. He missed the tour’s previous two events because of back problems.

Rocco Mediate, coming off a blowout victory Sunday in Calgary, Alberta, opened with a 75. Last week, he shot 63-64-64 for a 7-stroke victory.

Web.com Tour

England’s Greg Owen shot a 6-under 66 to take the second-round lead in the Chiquita Classic in Davidson, N.C., the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series. The 41-year-old Owen, the winner of the European Tour’s 2003 British Masters, had an eagle, seven birdies and three bogeys at River Run. He is at 80-under 136.

The bulk of the field is made up of players in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the Web.com money list are assured PGA Tour cards, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the four-event series. Owen was 134th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Colombia’s Camilo Benedetti was a stroke back along with Kris Blanks, Andrew Svoboda and Will MacKenzie. Benedetti and Blanks shot 67, Svoboda had a 65, and MacKenzie a 68. Svoboda finished 26th on the Web.com money list to just miss out on a card.

European Masters

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher shot a 6-under 65 for a share of the lead with Thomas Bjorn after the second round of the European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

Bjorn, the 2011 champion from Denmark, shot his second consecutive 66 to match Gallacher at 10-under 132. Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiminez shot a 68 to join Englishmen Danny Willet, Tommy Fleetwood and Richard Finch and France’s Victor Dubuisson at 9 under.

Jimenez, the 2010 champion, is making his 25th consecutive start in the tournament. He had five birdies in a six-hole stretch. Willett shot 64, Dubuisson 65, Finch 66, and Fleetwood 68.

Ye Wo-cheng, 13, missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 76. The Chinese amateur became the youngest player in European Tour history in May at the China Open.


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