Originally created 09/07/02

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MARKHAM, Ontario - Neal Lancaster made birdie from a badly repaired divot, made par when his ball ricocheted off a hazard stake and finished with a 5-under 67 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Billy Andrade in the Canadian Open.

Lancaster, whose carefree attitude is matched by a southern drawl right out of Mayberry, was tied for the lead at 11-under 133 with Andrade (67), the winner four years ago at Glen Abbey.

Ian Leggatt put himself in great position to become the first Canadian-born winner of his national championship since Karl Keffer in 1914. He birdied four of his last five holes on the Angus Glen course for a 65 that left him one stroke behind, along with New Zealand's Grant Waite (70).

Augusta native Charles Howell finished the day tied for fourth.

Williams Championship: Tracy Hanson shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over U.S. Solheim Cup player Cristie Kerr after the first round of the Williams Championship in Tulsa, Okla. .

France's Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, coming off her first LPGA Tour victory last week in the State Farm Classic, was two strokes back along with Sweden's Liselotte Neumann, South Korea's Grace Park and Scotland's Catriona Matthew.

Annika Sorenstam, making her first start since winning the Compaq Open on Aug. 18 in Sweden for her eighth worldwide victory of the year, opened with a 68.

Kroger Senior Classic: Two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over Bob Gilder and Mike Smith after the first round of the Kroger Senior Classic in Maineville, Ohio.

Gilder, coming off a victory last week in the Allianz Championship, holed an 8-iron shot on the par-3 12th. Gil Morgan, Ed Dougherty and Hubert Green were three strokes back at 67.

European Masters: Sweden's Robert Karlsson shot a 5-under 66 to take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

Karlsson had an 11-under 131 total. Scotland's Andrew Coltart (65) and Sweden's Klas Eriksson (67) were tied for second, and 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie of Scotland shot a 70 to top a four-player group at 6-under 136.

Coltart birdied five holes on the back nine in a round of 6-under 65, and joined Eriksson (67) at 7-under 135.

Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, shot a 70 and was tied for fourth with Germany's Alex Cejka and Spain's Carlos Rodiles at 6-under 136.

Nick Faldo, in second place after the first round, shot a 1-over 72 that included a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 14th. He slipped into a tie for 13th at 4 under.

British Open champion Ernie Els shot a 71 and was 10 strokes off the lead at 1 under.

American Craig Stadler shot 72 and just made the cut at 1-over 143, while his 22-year-old son Kevin, playing his second pro event after winning the Colorado Open last weekend, shot a 76 and missed the cut by four strokes.