Seniors have a surprise visitor

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- The Broadmoor's East Course was quite a bear Friday.

Difficult pin placements and faster, drier greens flustered the field and only five golfers managed to shoot below par, including Fred Funk, whose 1-under-par 69 gave him the lead at the halfway point of the U.S. Senior Open.

Funk's two-day score of 6-under 134 is two shots ahead of Eduardo Romero (69) and four ahead of Mark McNulty (70), Tom Kite (71) and John Cook (72).

Stealing the show, however, was a black bear that ambled out of the mountains in the morning and crossed the 13th fairway before checking out spectators outside the ropes. Nobody was harmed, and neither was the bear.

Former Augustan Allen Doyle, who won this tournament in 2005 and 2006, shot 79-81 and missed the cut by three shots.

PGA TOUR: In Reno, Nev., Parker McLachlin tied the course record with 10-under-par 62 to take the lead into the weekend at the Reno-Tahoe Open, which won't include Michelle Wie.

Wie failed in her eighth attempt to make a cut on the PGA Tour, shooting 80 at Montreux Golf & Country Club after opening with 73. She missed the cut, which fell at 144, by nine shots.

At 14-under 130, McLachlin has a four-shot lead over three golfers -- including Augusta native Larry Mize, who is gearing up for the Champions Tour.

Mize, who turns 50 on Sept. 23, has shot 68-66.

Former Augusta State golfer Richard Johnson shot 75-71--146 and missed the cut by two.

LPGA TOUR: In Sunningdale, England, Yuri Fudoh and Ji-Yai Shin shot 4-under-par 68 to lead by one stroke and equal the halfway record at the Women's British Open. They are at 10-under 134.

Annika Sorenstam shot her second consecutive 72 to make the cut by a shot.

First-round leader Juli Inkster (70) was one shot back, while Bo Bae Song (68) and Cristie Kerr (65) were two strokes behind the leaders.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Omaha, Neb., Ryan Hietala shot 9-under-par 62 to take the 36-hole lead in the low-scoring Cox Classic.

Hietala is at 16-under 126 and leads David Branshaw (64 on Friday) by two shots at Champions Run.

Augusta's Scott Parel shot 70-67--137 and made the cut by a shot. Franklin Langham, the ex-Thomson resident, had 72-75--147.


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