CROMWELL, Conn. -- Mark Calcavecchia shot a 6-under 64 on Friday to keep pace with Notah Begay after the second round of the Greater Hartford Open.
Calcavecchia, a nine-time winner on tour, matched Begay at 11-under 129 on the TPC at River Highlands. Begay, coming off a victory last week in Memphis, Tenn., shot a 65.
Calcavecchia said he feels like "a transplanted Northeasterner" when he plays the GHO, where he has six top-10 finishes since 1981.
"Aside from Phoenix, these are probably some of the biggest crowds we see all year," the Florida resident said.
He had four birdies on the first 11 holes, three-putted for his lone bogey on No. 12, rebounded with a birdie on 13 and added two more birdies for a share of the lead.
Begay, 27, has righted himself following a drunken driving arrest in January and subsequent seven-day jail term. He has three wins in two seasons on the PGA Tour.
He had a costly double-bogey on No. 17.
"My bad rounds are coming down. My good rounds have always been good," Begay said. "Being able to make a double-bogey and still shoot 65 tells me that I'm playing some good golf."
Edward Fryatt was two strokes back after a 64, and Dave Stockton Jr., whose father won the GHO in 1974, was three back along with Hal Sutton and Jim Furyk. Sutton, a two-time winner this year, shot a 65. Stockton and Furyk had 66s. Defending champ Brent Geiberger, Brad Faxon, Robert Allenby, Ben Bates, P.H. Horgan III and Paul Goydos were at 7-under 133.
SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC: Three players struggling with their games shot 5-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead.
Janice Moodie, Jackie Gallagher-Smith and Michelle Estill held a one-shot lead over Sophie Gustafson, Barb Mucha and Cindy McCurdy after a round in which none of the tour's well-known players challenged for the lead.
Juli Inkster, who won last week's LPGA Championship, and defending champion Se Ri Pak had 70s.
Donna Andrews, battling to overcome injuries sustained in separate horse-riding and automobile accidents last year, headed a group tied at 68.
Pat Hurst, seventh in the money earnings race, headlined another pack at 69.
IRISH OPEN: Patrik Sjoland of Sweden birdied the last two holes to complete a 6-under-par 65 to take the lead after two rounds.
Sjoland is at 13-under for the tournament, a stroke ahead of Rolf Muntz, who shot a second-round 64. Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson was third at 10-under after carding a 63.
Sergio Garcia, joint first-round leader with Sjoland, dropped six shots in four holes on the front nine but closed his round with three straight birdies for a 70 and a share of fourth place.
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