Originally created 10/06/01

Riley, Kaye and Mattiace share lead at Michelob

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Chris Riley had two eagles and four birdies in an erratic 4-under 67 Friday to take a share of the lead in the Michelob Championship with Jonathan Kaye and Len Mattiace.

"It was kind of an up and down day," said Riley, who had a double bogey on the second hole and two bogeys.

Kaye and Mattiace were far steadier, Kaye with a bogey-free 67, and Mattiace by rebounding from a first-hole bogey with a six-birdie 66.

The leaders were one better than defending champion and first-round leader David Toms, who followed his 64 with a 70; local favorite Carl Paulson, who had a 66; and Neal Lancaster, who shot a 69 to get to 134.

Riley, though, was clearly the odd member of the leaders.

He had the double bogey after plugging his tee shot under the lip of a bunker on the par-3 second hole. He got those two strokes back when he chipped in from 50 feet for eagle on the next hole, then made birdie on the fourth.

He followed each of his other bogeys with birdies, then capped his scoring by chipping in for eagle from 20 feet on the par-5 15th.

"It was one of those chips that you expect to make," he said.

Mattiace had to overcome anger at himself after hitting into two traps and making bogey at the par-4 first, but had time to simmer down while waiting on the second tee and put the mistake behind him for the day.

"I berated myself a little bit inside and then let it go," he said, focusing on his game and not even look at the leaderboard on the course.

"I think when you are playing well, you want to let the flow go. You want to let your momentum and your positive thoughts and your confidence take you to how ever many under you can shoot. I did that."

Kaye, 5 under at the start of his round, shot a bogey-free 67 on the 6,853-yard River Course to also reach the midpoint at 9-under 133.

"I had a few that I left out there, but I made a couple of good pars when I had to," Kaye said. "I really didn't make too many putts."

The key, he said, came on the first hole when his caddie gave him the wrong distance, by 12 yards, on his second shot to the par-4 green. The shot flew the green, leaving Kaye with a tough up-and-down for par.

He chipped within 5 feet, saved par and then sailed through.

Paulson admitted to some tension while warming up on the range, but said his caddie helped settle him down.

The weather, he said, could make things interesting.

"It's going to be kind of nasty this weekend and looks like it is going to be a grinder's weekend," said Paulson, who grew up in Virginia beach, about 50 miles away from Kingsmill. "I'm pretty happy about that."

After two near-perfect days, weather forecasts for Saturday and Sunday call for temperatures in the 60s and a stiffer wind off the James River.

Six players were two back at 135, including Charles Howell III, whose 65 was the lowest round of the day. The others were Jimmy Green, Greg Chalmers, Kirk Triplett, Michael Muehr and Esteban Toledo.

Toms, who made it around the course with just 22 putts on Thursday, wasn't quite as sharp Friday, making only one as long as 10 feet.

"Somebody dipped it in a bucket of ice water," the PGA champion said of his putter after using it 27 times. "The holes where I have made bogey, I had opportunities to make par with less than 10-foot putts."

Curtis Strange, who lives at Kingsmill and is the only player to have played in all 21 events held here, followed an opening 68 with a 71.

Ty Tryon, the 17-year-old making his professional debut, followed an opening 76 with a 72 and was among those heading home for the weekend.

The cut at 1 under kept two-time winner David Duval around, but only because he made a 12-footer for birdie on his last hole. For several other big names, Saturday and Sunday will be chances to watch some football.

Scott Hoch, who had made the cut all 18 times he's played here, missed it by following a 71 with a 72. Justin Leonard, who won last week in Texas, shot a 73 for a 145 total. Jim Furyk missed by one shot at 142.


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