Beacon Journal staff report

Sung Kang shot a 9-?under 63 to take a 6-shot lead in a record-breaking second round at the Houston Open in Humble, Texas, on Friday.

After shooting a 65 on Thursday, Kang was at 16-under 128 through two rounds, setting the 36-hole tournament record of 129 by a stroke.

The 29-year-old South Korean, who entered the week ranked No. 202 in the world, bested the tournament course record at the Golf Club of Houston by 3 strokes.

Kang’s 9-under on Friday matched the 18-hole tournament course record and helped him take the largest 36-hole lead in tournament history, topping the previous record by 2 strokes.

Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley were at 10-under after both shooting 5-under 67. Rickie Fowler, the leader after one round, slipped to fourth at 9-under after he followed Thursday’s 8-under 64 with a 71.

LPGA Tour

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen finished her wind-delayed first round with a 4-under 68 and added a second-round 69 at the ANA Inspiration, taking a 1-shot lead over six players after two shortened days at the LPGA Tour’s first major of the year.

After an early end to Thursday’s play and a late start on Friday for cleanup from the windstorm, play was halted by darkness with 56 players still on the course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Rookie Nelly Korda, 18, shot two 69s to climb onto the leaderboard, sitting ?1 shot behind Pettersen.

Champions Tour

Joe Durant shot a 6-?under 66 for a 1-shot lead after the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi.

Durant made four birdies on the back nine in warm and sunny conditions to finish just ahead of defending tournament champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, Scott Hoch, Lee Janzen and Jay Haas, who are all tied for second after shooting a 67.