Schaffele moves into 3-way tie for FedEx Cup
ATLANTA (AP) – Xander Schauffele has grabbed a share of the FedEx Cup lead by firing the best score ever for an opening round in the Tour Championship.
Schauffele began the tournament six strokes back under the new scoring system for the FedEx Cup before firing a 6-under 64 that leaves him 10-under with three rounds remaining. He’s now tied with No. 1 seed Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka .
Koepka birdied three of his last four holes for a 67. Thomas carded a double-bogey and missed a pair of 3-foot putts for a 70 after entering the tournament with a two-shot advantage.
The score to par is all that matters in deciding who wins the FedEx Cup and the $15 million prize.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to drive Xfinity race at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to compete in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31, despite a recent plane crash. It’s his one race this season.
Earnhardt Jr. posted on Twitter Wednesday night, saying his lower back is sore and swollen. He’s receiving daily treatment “solely to get well to race.”
Earnhardt, his family and two pilots escaped a burning plane that veered off the runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee last week.
First-round fireworks: Serena, Sharapova to meet at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) – Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they’ll do it in their very first match. The past U.S. Open champions are scheduled for an opening-round matchup when the draws were conducted for the final major of the year.
Williams and Sharapova have met in the finals of the other three majors and the 2012 Olympics but have never played each other in the U.S. Open. Williams owns a 19-2 record in their WTA Tour matchups, but that lopsided number shouldn’t do much to dampen the hype around what will be the marquee match of the opening round at Flushing Meadows, which begins Monday.