6-under gives Rodriguez Tradition lead

April 04, 1992

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Chi Chi Rodriguez scored a 6-under-par 66 yesterday to take a one-shot lead in The Tradition with a 36-hole total of 9-under-par 135.

He started four shots behind Jack Nicklaus and wound up one shot in front of Lee Trevino and two strokes ahead of the first-day leader, who had an even-par 72.

Jim Ferree, 60, is at 139, good enough to lead the Grand Tradition, a tournament within a tournament for senior players 60 and older. The $140,000 event, computed on the first three rounds of The Tradition, offers a $22,000 first prize, which does not count in prize money of the main tournament.

There is no cut in The Tradition,which has an 81-player limit and a $120,000 purse for first place. It is being played on the 6,684-yard Cochise Course at Desert Mountain.

Rodriguez had eight birdies and two bogeys. He made four birdies and one bogey on each side of the 6,684-yard Cochise Course at Desert Mountain.

"The key was I hit my irons awfully good today, and I putted pretty good," said Rodriguez, 56, who ranks third on the money list with $156,131.

Nicklaus said his putting touch left him after his sensational opening round, but added he was satisfied with the rest of his game.

"I was just surprised it didn't continue," Nicklaus said. "I was puttingvery well in practice, and I thought it would carry over."

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