McCallister leads after two rounds in Texas Open GOLF

October 05, 1991

SAN ANTONIO -- Even with personal matters on his mind, Blaine McCallister concentrated on the Texas Open yesterday and shot a 64 to grab a 4-stroke lead after two rounds with a 10-under-par 130.

Four strokes back at 134 were Wayne Grady, Bob Gilder, John Cook, Brian Claar and Bill Britton.

McCallister's fiancee, Claudia, has a rare illness that is causing bleeding in the blood vessels of her eyes. On Thursday, she was hospitalized in Jacksonville, Fla., because of the illness.

"She's a tough woman, and she means a lot to me and she makes golf look secondary," he said. "She's tough, and she makes me tough."

Keith Clearwater, who led at 7-under after the first round, ballooned to a 2-over-par 72 at Oak Hills Country Club for a 5-under-par 135. Nine others, including Ben Crenshaw and Ryder Cup team member Paul Azinger, also were at 135.

McCallister battled gusty winds during his morning round, but birdied five holes on the front nine after beginning the day at 4-under. He made a 15-foot putt on the second hole, and made a 35-footer on the sixth.

"That was the start I was looking for," McCallister said. "Keep getting those base hits. If you get the bases loaded, hit it over the fence."

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