A short return for Tiger Woods at Congressional
BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods didn’t last more than 36 holes in his return to competition.
Woods showed plenty of rust with his short game when he ran off four straight bogeys on the back nine Friday at Congressional to end any hopes of sticking around for the weekend at the Quicken Loans National.
He shot a 4-over 75 and missed the cut by four shots. It was only the 10th time Woods has missed a 36-hole cut on the PGA Tour, and 11th time worldwide. He was at 7-over 149.
Marc Leishman, Ricky Barnes and Oliver Goss were tied for the lead at 6-under 136. Goss is making only his second professional start.
Woods had not played since March 9 because of a back injury. He had surgery March 31.
Former Kent State star Ben Curtis made the weekend cut, firing a 2-under 69 in the second round to sit at 2-over 144 for the tournament.
Wie a shot off lead at NW Arkansas Championship
ROGERS, Ark. — Michelle Wie shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday in her first round since winning the U.S. Women’s Open last weekend at Pinehurst, leaving her a stroke behind leader Alena Sharp in the NW Arkansas Championship.
Wie played the back nine in 4-under 31 at Pinnacle Country Club.
Sharp, the Canadian ranked 234th in the world, had only 27 putts in her opening 65.
Mexico’s Alejandra Llaneza matched Wie with a bogey-free 66.
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis, who played at the nearby University of Arkansas, was 2 over after four holes before recovering to finish with a 70.
Ten players, including major champions So Yeon Ryu and Shanshan Feng, shot 67.
Harvick wins Nationwide Series race at Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. — Kevin Harvick passed Kyle Busch on the final restart and held off Brad Keselowski to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday night at Kentucky Speedway.
After failing to pass Busch on an earlier restart, Harvick succeeded with another chance on Lap 196. His Chevy gained enough space from Keselowski, who rallied from 17th following a pass-through penalty with 50 laps left to finish second in a Ford.
Before the pit road speeding penalty, Keselowski seemed headed for a second straight victory at the track in leading 138 laps.
Harvick led twice for 14 laps. He has two series victories this season and 42 in 309 career starts. He also won at the track in 2001.
Busch was third, and Paul Menard fourth.
Regan Smith’s late accident left him 28th and allowed Elliott Sadler to take a four-point lead over rookie Chase Elliott in the season standings.
Keselowski’s track record earns Kentucky pole
SPARTA, Ky. — Brad Keselowski had a track-record speed of 188.791 mph in a Ford to win the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway.
A day in which 23 drivers broke Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s year-old mark of 183.636 mph in the first round of knockout qualifying alone ended with the 2012 winner of the 400-mile race shattering it by more than 5 mph. Keselowski overtook Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano, who turned a lap of 187.175 after leading the first two rounds.
Jeff Gordon will start third in a Chevy, salvaging a session in which Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Earnhardt didn’t make it past the first round. Denny Hamlin was fourth in a Toyota.
Record overnight rating for NBA Draft on ESPN
NEW YORK — The NBA Draft delivered its highest rating on ESPN, surpassing the mark set 11 years ago when LeBron James was the No. 1 pick.
The telecast Thursday had a 3.1 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. That’s a 19 percent increase from last year’s 2.6 mark.
The previous record for the draft was a 2.7 overnight in 2003, the first year the network televised it. James was the first pick that year in a top five that included Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
NBA Digital also said Friday it showed record growth in the U.S., with a 108 percent jump in mobile application unique users for the week. It also saw a 46 percent increase in visits and a 32 percent leap in page views on draft night from last year.