'Country kid' moves into lead in Mexico

Associated Press
First-round leader Fred Funk shot 69 in the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, but still has a share of the 36-hole lead in the PGA Tour event.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - There aren't many PGA Tour players like Boo Weekley, a country boy named for Yogi Bear's sidekick.


Yet at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, no one is playing any better.

Weekley followed his opening 6-under-par 64 - the best round of his PGA Tour career - with 67 on Friday to move him into a three-way tie for first place midway through the tour's first tournament in Mexico.

Fred Funk, the first-round leader after 62, had 69 to match Weekley and Cameron Beckman (67) at 9-under 131.

Jose Coceres (65), Bill Haas (66) and Brian Gay (67) were one shot back.

Augusta resident Vaughn Taylor slipped to 71 after an opening 65 and is tied for 24th place.

Augusta native Larry Mize had five birdies in his 66 and is tied for 36th place. Mize had opened with 71. Matt Hendrix, an Aiken native shot 71-73-143 and missed the cut by three shots.

ACE GROUP CLASSIC: In Naples, Fla., Bobby Wadkins shot 8-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Champions Tour newcomer Mark O'Meara, former Augustan Allen Doyle and Gil Morgan after the first round at Quail West Golf and Country Club course.

Wadkins, who won the The Boeing Championship and Ford Senior Players last year, had two eagles, five birdies and one bogey.

"I kept the ball where I was putting uphill most of the day, so that made things pretty simple," Wadkins said.

Wadkins eagled the par-5 first and 13th holes, then closed with four consecutive birdies, holing putts of 20, 12, 6 and 15 feet.

O'Meara, the 1998 Masters Tournament champion, bounced back from a closing 82 last week in his tour debut in the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, eagling No. 1 and birdieing four of the next eight holes for 30 on the front nine.

He also had birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 18 to close out his round, which included a double bogey on the 10th hole.

FIELDS OPEN: In Kapolei, Hawaii, Stacy Prammanasudh shot 4-under-par 68 to take a two-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel before play was suspended because of rain in the second round of the LPGA Tour event.

Prammanasudh had seven birdies and three bogeys and was at 10-under 134. The 18-year-old Pressel shot 65.

Rookie Angela Park, who wasn't able to start her round, was at 6 under along with Carri Wood (68) and Mi Hyun Kim, who was one hole short of finishing the round. Jee Young Lee also was 6 under with 15 holes left.

NEW ZEALAND PGA: In Christchurch, New Zealand, Michael Letzig shot 4-under-par 68 to take the lead after a rain-interupted second round of the Australasian/Nationwide Tour event.

Letzig, with 7-under 137, held a two-stroke lead over Phil Tataurangi (68) among players in the clubhouse after completing their first two rounds.

Several players, including Ryan Howison were still on the course when rain forced play to be stopped.

Letzig, who opened with 69 on Thursday held the clubhouse lead but had been joined at 7-under on the course by Australian veteran Peter Senior, Howison and Chez Reavie.

Brent Geiberger had the best round of the day with 62.

It took him from 3 over par after the first round into contention at 5 under.



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