Originally created 05/11/02

Montgomerie in three-way tie for lead



SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Colin Montgomerie shot a 5-under-par 67 Friday and moved into a three-way tie for the lead after two rounds of the Benson and Hedges International.

John Daly shot a 3-under 69 and was tied with five players, one stroke behind the leaders.

Montgomerie had five birdies for a two-round total of 6-under 138 on The Belfry's Brabazon Course, where the Ryder Cup will be played in September.

Montgomerie, who made four birdie putts from 12 to 18 feet, is tied for the lead with Greg Owen (71) and Roger Wessels (69).

Daly, at 5-under 139, is tied with Ian Woosnam, Michael Campbell and Peter Baker and Anthony Wall.

Daly attributed his low scoring to improved chipping and putting.

"I chipped in once yesterday, and today I made a lot of par putts from 4 to 5 feet," Daly said. "I think I had 24 putts yesterday and 23 today.

"That's just as well because I'm not hitting that many greens this week. But my short game is on."

Montgomerie was one of five European Ryder Cup players who survived the cut of 146. Five team members failed to reach the final two rounds.