DUBLIN, OHIO — Perry gets ace en route to lead by three strokes
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Kenny Perry had a hole-in-one in a course-record 9-under-par 63 yesterday and that staked him to a 3-stroke lead in the second round of the Memorial tournament.
Chip Beck, with a second-round 66, held second halfway through the tournament at 136 and was one stroke in front of Corey Pavin and Fuzzy Zoeller.
Perry birdied the first three holes, two on putts of 30 and 40 feet. He had a total of eight birdies, the ace, and a 3-putt bogey. In one 6-hole stretch -- 11 through 16 -- he was six under par.
"By far, the best round I've ever played," said Perry, whose effort broke the course record of 64 set by Mark McCumber in 1984.
The centerpiece of the record-breaking round was the ace on the 208-yard hole and he hit a 6-iron after his caddy suggested that would be better than the 5-iron Perry had originally selected. It was his second of the year and third on tour.
"I had 208 yards, downhill and downwind," Perry said. "The ball hit about 18-20 feet below the hole, bounced twice and started rolling like a putt. That sucker just rolled right in."
Legends of Golf
AUSTIN, Texas -- Lee Trevino and Mike Hill combined for a tournament record-tying 59 and took a three-stroke lead halfway through the $770,000 Legends of Golf.
Trevino credited their 36-hole total of 123 to "perfect conditions" on the par-72 Barton Creek course and 34 putts for birdies in the second round.
"I took that putter home last night and talked to it," said Trevino, who made nine of the team's 13 birdies, and both he and Hill birdied the par-4 12th hole.
First-round leaders George Archer and Don Bies followed their opening 61 with a 65.
Although organizers had lengthened the course in a bid to prevent a repeat of last year's tournament record 39-under-par total, Trevino said the greens were soft due to recent heavy rains.
Archer and Bies shot a 6-under 30 on the front nine but cooled on the back, adding only one more birdie, that on the 527-yard 15th hole.
LPGA Centel Classic
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Ayako Okamoto of Japan shot a four-under-par 68 to grab the second round lead at the $1.1 million Centel Classic golf tournament, the richest event on the LPGA Tour.
Okamoto held a one-stroke lead over veterans Pat Bradley and Judy Dickinson with a seven-under-par 137 total.
Bradley, who equaled Okamoto's 68 and Dickinson, who recorded a three-under 69, stood at six-under-par 138.
Hall of Famer JoAnne Carner bogeyed her last two holes and fell into a tie with Tammie Green, Kristi Albers, Laura Davies of Britain and Spaniard Marta Figueras-Dotti, two strokes off the pace at five-under 139.
Okamoto recorded five birdies and one bogey and did not take over the lead until Carner suffered her two late bogeys.