Originally created 04/22/06

Steady play keeps Appleby out front



HUMBLE, Texas - Stuart Appleby took a one-stroke lead over Greg Owen in the suspended second round of the Shell Houston Open, finishing 16 bogey-free holes in 5-under to push his two-day total to 11-under.

Appleby is one of 44 players who had to return to the course early this morning to finish the round. He shot 66 in the first round.

Owen birdied five of his last seven holes for 65, the lowest score of the tournament.

Charles Howell had 70 and is at 140. Fellow Augusta native Larry Mize is at 73-69-142. Augusta resident Vaughn Taylor shot 74-74-148 and will miss the 36-hole cut, which is projected to be at 144.

LEGENDS OF GOLF: In Savannah, Ga., Jay Haas shot 6-under-par 66 in windy conditions on The Club at Savannah Harbor to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour event.

Haas has a two-stroke lead over Mark McNulty, Tom Wargo, Jerry Pate and Gil Morgan.

FLORIDA'S NATURAL CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIP: In Stockbridge, Ga., Karrie Webb picked right up where she left off at her last tournament.

Looking again like a dominating force on the LPGA Tour, Webb followed her win in the first major of the year with a second consecutive 5-under-par 67, leaving her two strokes off the lead.

Sung Ah Yim charged to the top with 64 at Eagle's Landing Country Club, pushing her 36-hole total to a 12-under 132. Two fellow South Koreans were right on her heels - 20-year-old Jee Young Lee was 11-under after 65, and Hee-Won Han was tied with Webb at 134.

Defending tournament champion Annika Sorenstam was right in the thick of things with 69 that left her three strokes back.

ATHENS REGIONAL FOUNDATION CLASSIC: In Bogart, Ga., South Africa's Craig Lile shot a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over playing partner Zoran Zorkic after the second round of the Nationwide Tour event.

Lile, a former Arkansas star, is winless in four seasons on the developmental tour.



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