Golf Roundup : Hayes, Hoch and Cook Share the Top Spot at Pensacola

From Times Wire Services

Mark Hayes, Scott Hoch and John Cook tied for the second-round lead at 9-under-par 135 Friday in the $400,000 Pensacola Open golf tournament at Gulf Breeze, Fla.

A stroke back were Lance Ten Broeck, Ken Green and brothers Curt and Tom Byrum, the last shooting an 8-under-par 64, the lowest score of the tournament and the best of his career on the PGA Tour.

Dan Pohl, Howard Twitty and Ray Stewart were 2 strokes behind the leaders at 137.

The leaders, the Byrum brothers and the trio at 137 all played in the morning before strong winds and a brief rain shower hit the 7,033-yard course at Tiger Bay Golf and Country Club.


This is the first year for the tournament at Tiger Point, near this Pensacola suburb, after 10 years at the Perdido Bay Resort about 30 miles west of here.

Cook shot a 68, with 5 birdies and a bogey on the 369-yard, par-4 first hole, the only one on which he missed the green.

Hoch shot a 67 and Hayes a 69 despite 3-putting the 18th hole.

Hayes, who had an eagle, 3 birdies and the double bogey, was the only one of five first-round leaders who remained atop the leader board after 36 holes.


The others were Ten Broeck, Pohl, Kenny Perry (3 strokes back) and Billy Andrade (4 shots behind).

Isao Aoki shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a 3-stroke lead after 2 rounds of the $630,000 Bridgestone tournament at Chiba, Japan.

Aoki, who began the day in third place, had a 36-hole total of 11-under-par 133 following Friday’s bogey-free trip over the 7,120-yard Sodegaura Country Club course.

Masashi (Jumbo) Ozaki, who shot a course-record 64, tied Japan’s Yoshimi Niizeki and Eitaro Deguchi for second place at 136.

Defending champion Craig Parry shot a 1-under-par 70 for a 36-hole total of 134 and held a 1-stroke lead over fellow Australian Greg Norman in the second round of the $165,000 New South Wales Open at Sydney, Australia.

Norman, who trailed Parry and Lindsay Stephen by 2 strokes after the first round, shot a second-round 69.

American Wayne Case was next at 136 after a 67. Stephen faded to a 73 for 137 and was in fourth place.