Hideki Matsuyama made five birdie putts of 15 feet or longer and broke the course record at Medinah, taking the lead Friday in the BMW Championship with a 9-under 63.
He started his second round with a 30-foot birdie putt. He ended the round with a 30-foot birdie putt. His explanation wasn't that long.
"I did make a lot of long putts today, and that was the difference," Matsuyama said.
That was a big difference for Tiger Woods, too. He made only two putts longer than 6 feet, made a pair of bogeys from bunkers late in the round and had to settle for another 71. Woods, who needs a top-10 finish to advance to the Tour Championship, was tied for 49th in the field of 70.
Matsuyama was at 12-under 132, one shot ahead of Patrick Cantlay (67) and Tony Finau (66).
Jimenez leads Champions event
Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied three of the final six holes for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Doug Barron in the PGA Tour Champions' Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.
Nets sell at a record price
In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51% of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion.
Joe Tsai already had purchased 49% of the team from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2018.
The deal will surpass the $2.2 billion that Tilman Fertitta paid for the NBA's Houston Rockets and that David Tepper spent for the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
Knee drives Osaka out
Naomi Osaka, troubled by a strange sensation in her left knee, retired because of injury at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.
Osaka, the world No. 1 and reigning U.S. Open champion, planned to get an MRI.
On the men's side, Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew because of illness, sending David Goffin into the semifinals.
Teen in Amateur semis
Teenager Cohen Trolio advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals by beating Austin Squires 3 and 1 in Pinehurst, N.C.
Trolio, a 17-year-old from West Point, Miss., won the final three holes of the match.
Trolio will face fellow Mississippian and Georgia Tech player Andy Ogletree, and John Augenstein of Vanderbilt will take on William Holcomb V of Sam Houston State in the other semifinal.
AROUND THE HORN
Basketball: Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points, Khris Middleton added 12 and the U.S. topped Spain 90-81 in Anaheim, Calif., in a warmup for the FIBA World Cup that starts Aug. 31 in China.
Auto racing: Tyler Reddick drove from last to first and won the Xfinity Series Food City 300 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Reddick started last because his car failed inspection four times before the race.