Originally created 08/01/98

Parnevik leads Scandinavian Masters

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Jesper Parnevik, who grew up a short drive from the course, was the leader Friday when darkness forced a suspension of the second round of the $1.3 million Scandinavian Masters.

Heavy rain forced a delay of 4 1-2 hours in the morning. Fifty-eight players could not complete the second round. They were to do so Saturday before the third round.

Parnevik, winner of the 1995 tournament on another Swedish course, was at 8-under through 14 holes before play was halted. He bogeyed the first hole but made five birdies between the second and 11th holes. Parnevik had a 67 in the opening round Thursday.

Sweden's Michael Jonzon was 6-under through 15 holes. Brian Davis of England (72), who shared the overnight lead with Swedish amateur sensation Anders Hultman, shared the clubhouse lead with Sweden's Mathias Gronberg (69) at 5-under 137.

Hultman, heading to Oklahoma State in two weeks, had three double-bogeys and finished with a 76. That was 11 strokes off his score Thursday, when he and Davis tied the course record (65).

Jose Maria Olazabal, who won The Masters in 1994 at Augusta National, was heading home after his worst tournament in seven years. He was 11-over after rounds of 79 and 74.

"My driving is terrible," the Spaniard said. "I hit the ball into the trees many times, into the water three or four times and into the rough."

Colin Montgomerie struggled to a 74 after two straight double-bogeys but the Scot is at 144 and likely to make the cut.

Derrick Cooper of England hit five straight balls into the water on the par-3 16th. He then discovered he didn't have another ball in his bag and was forced to retire on the 11th tee.

"I had plenty of balls in my locker in the clubhouse, but not in my bag" he said. "But I never expected to lose six balls in one round."


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