Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Pieters Takes Lead in Abu Dhabi

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Pieters Takes Lead in Abu Dhabi

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Pieters leads in Abu Dhabi as Johnson, McIlroy lurk

Thomas Pieters shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship as top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy moved into contention.

Johnson followed up his ragged opening-round 72 with a bogey-free 64 and was four shots back.

McIlroy, playing his first event since October due to a rib injury, shot a 66 and was three behind.

Jorge Campillo of Spain trailed Pieters by one shot after a 64. (AP)

Other golf * Andrew Landry took the lead in the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. Landry shot a 7-under 65 to reach 16 under. Jon Rahm shot 67 and was one behind. ... Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions opener in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. ... Chapchai Nirat shot a 7-under 64 to grab the clubhouse lead in the second round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open. Sergio Garcia was at 8 under with 10 holes to play. ... U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka has a wrist injury that will keep him out until the Masters. (AP)

Halladay had drugs in system * An autopsy report says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a small plane crash in Florida last year.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that an autopsy released Friday shows the former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies All-Star died from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor when he crashed his personal plane into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey on Nov. 7. (AP)

Segbers, Barlow drafted by MLS squads * A pair of local soccer players from the University of Wisconsin Mark Segbers (Vianney) and Tom Barlow (Chaminade) were selected Friday during the Major League Soccer draft in Philadelphia.

Both are products of the St. …

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