Originally created 10/27/01

Campbell shares Buy.com Tour lead



PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Chad Campbell, already guaranteed a spot on the 2002 PGA Tour, shot an even-par 72 Friday for a share of the second-round lead in the Buy.com Tour Championship.

Campbell, who has earned a tour-record $365,752 and an automatic PGA Tour promotion with three victories, matched Pat Bates and Australia's Rod Pampling at 1-under 143.

"It's nice being set up for next year. It makes it easier to play," Campbell said. "Still, it's tough out there. You just can't let down because doubles are so easy to make."

Bates, who locked up a PGA Tour card last week with a victory in the Shreveport Open, shot a 72. Pampling, third on the money list and also guaranteed a spot on the PGA Tour, had a 74.

Bo Van Pelt (73) and Brian Kamm (71) were two strokes back at 145. Kamm was the only one of the 53 players to break par as wind with gusts of up to 30 mph blew across Capitol Hill's 7,656-Senator Course - the longest layout ever in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.

"You can throw technique out the window today," Van Pelt said. "The wind is affecting every shot you hit. You have to be careful on your putts, too."

The top 15 players on the money list after the tournament will earn 2002 PGA Tour cards.

Heath Slocum, who advanced to the PGA Tour in August with his third victory, was 11 strokes back after a 78 on the difficult links course. He is second on the money list.

The winner Sunday will take home $108,000, the largest check in Buy.com Tour history.