Originally created 09/27/03

Golf roundup



SAN ANTONIO - Tommy Armour III capped a round of 8-under-par 62 with a birdie on the 18th hole Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Dan Forsman after the second round of the Texas Open.

Armour's 14-under 126 on the La Cantera Golf Club course was the lowest two-round score on the PGA Tour this year.

"You know, what can you say? It's going where I'm aiming," said Armour, whose best finish this year was a tie for 11th in this month's Bell Canadian Open. "The course is in great shape, the greens are perfect. ... It's a birdiefest."

Forsman had 63 and was one shot in front of Tim Clark (63). K.J. Choi (62), Tom Lehman (63), Hal Sutton (63), Paul Goydos (64) and Charles Howell (64) were at 129.

Forsman, who started the day on the back nine, was tied with Armour at 14- under after 17 holes when his round nearly imploded on the 380-yard, par-4 9th.

He hit his drive far to the left, where it landed among the cactus and mesquite trees.

Thinking the ball was out of bounds, he hit a provisional that landed in the fairway. But it turned out the first drive was still in bounds but unplayable, so under the rules, he had to return to the tee and hit yet again.

His third drive on the hole also went left and ended up half-buried 141 yards out.

"I could only see the top portion of the ball, so it was a really difficult lie," Forsman said. "I was looking at 7 (on the hole)."

His fortunes improved when he knocked his next shot within 17 feet, and then one-putted for a bogey.

"I'm a little disappointed, but it is miraculous what happened on the last hole, making a bogey," Forsman said.

Bob Tway, a co-leader after the first round, shot 69 to join defending champion Loren Roberts (66) and Cameron Beckman (67) at 130.

HICKORY CLASSIC: In Conover, N.C., Larry Nelson shot 8-under-par 64 in the opening round of the Champions Tour event at Rock Barn Golf & Spa to share the lead with Bruce Fleisher.

Nelson could have taken the outright lead on the 18th hole, but he missed a 4-foot birdie putt.

"I wanted to shoot 63 very badly," said Nelson, who still his best first-round of the season.

Bob Gilder was one shot back of the co-leaders, while Craig Stadler was in a group of three players two behind.

SAFEWAY CLASSIC: In Portland, Ore., Beth Daniel shot 10-under-par 62 to take a four-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour event and tie the course record set by defending champion Annika Sorenstam.

Daniel, who earlier this year became the oldest player to win on the LPGA Tour, birdied seven of the last nine holes at the 6,327-yard Columbia Edgewater Country Club course.

Grace Park and Cristie Kerr shot 66, while Sorenstam, who played in the same threesome as Daniel, was another stroke back.

"Everything just went right for me," said Daniel, who won the Canadian Women's Open in July at age 46 for her 33rd career title and first since 1995.

DUNHILL LINKS: In St. Andrews, Scotland, Darren Clarke, Peter Lawrie and David Howell shot 4-under-par 68 and shared the lead after two rounds of the European Tour event.

Clarke carded his score on The Old Course at St Andrews. Howell and Lawrie played Kingsbarns. Carnoustie is the third course being used.

The three are at 9-under with two rounds left. One shot behind are Gary Murphy, former British Open winner Paul Lawrie, Michael Campbell and Henrik Bjornstad.

CHRISTOPHER CLASSIC: In Rancho Cucamorga, Calif., Jess Daley and Ted Oh are tied for the lead at the halfway mark of the Nationwide Tour event at Empire Lake Golf Club.

Daley (69-62) and Oh (65-66) are at 11-under 131.

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor made the cut by one shot after rounds of 70-69-139. Augusta's Scott Parel shot 73-71-144.

TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: In Fayetteville, Ga., Blake Adams has a two-shot lead after 36 holes in the NGA/Hooters Tour event.

Adams had turned in rounds of 68-64 at White Water Country Club and is at 12-under 132. Todd Bailey (68-66) is in second place.