GOLF ROUNDUP : Maggert Gets Even With No. 11 at Memphis
Jeff Maggert made up for a first-day blunder on the way to a six-under-par 65 Friday and led John Daly by a stroke after two rounds of the $1.1-million Federal Express-St. Jude Classic at Memphis, Tenn.
Maggert, who was at 10-under 132, could have had a piece of the lead on Thursday but for a triple bogey on the par-three 11th hole, on which he hit into the water. He settled for a 67 that left him three shots off the pace of Michael Bradley.
On Friday, Maggert birdied the 11th, sinking a 20-foot putt.
“There was a little revenge there,” Maggert said. “Other than that one shot yesterday, the past two days I’ve hit the ball really well.”
Daly, a former Memphis-area resident, shot a 66 that included four birdies and an eagle on the par-five fifth hole of the 7,006-yard Players Tournament Club at Southwind. His only bogey came when he was unable to get up and down from the sand on No. 12.
“The way I perceive it is everybody wants me to win out there,” Daly said of the huge crowd that followed him. “It just makes you feel really good. This would be one of the best tournaments I could ever win.”
Bradley, a newcomer to the PGA Tour, was unable to match his play of Thursday, shooting a 74 for 138.
Nick Price matched Maggert’s 65 and was two shots back, joined at 134 by Rick Fehr, who had a 66. Fuzzy Zoeller was alone at 135 after a 68.
Helen Alfredsson, who led through three rounds of the U.S. Open before faltering, birdied three of the last four holes to finish a five-under-par 67 and build a three-shot lead after two rounds of the Ping Welch’s Championship in Canton, Mass.
Alfredsson, who opened with a 69, completed 36 holes at eight-under 136, three strokes better than Donna Andrews, Missie Berteotti and first-round co-leader Trish Johnson.
Berteotti turned in the day’s low round, a 66. Andrews shot 68 and Johnson 71.
Stefania Croce, defending champion Dottie Mochrie, Laura Davies, Val Skinner and Vicki Fergon were at 140.
Pat Bradley, like Alfredsson an Open contender until the closing holes, shot 73 for 142, joined by Beth Daniel, who had a 70. Betsy King shot 73 for 143.
Vicki Goetze, whose 68 on Thursday was worth a piece of the 18-hole lead, had a 76 Friday and was at 144, along with Open champion Lauri Merten, who shot 73.
Alfredsson led the Open with three holes left, but Merten birdied to take the lead and the Swede finished a stroke back.
Alfredsson handled the 6,137-yard Blue Hill Country Club course Friday, with seven birdies after bogeys on two of the first four holes.
She dropped a 21-footer for birdie on No. 11, a 15-footer on No. 13 and an 11-footer on No. 15. Alfredsson finished with a 31 on the back side.
Harold Henning and Charles Coody, recovering from physical problems that slowed their play on the Senior PGA Tour, shot four-under-par 68s to share the first-round lead in the $550,000 Northville Long Island Classic in Jericho, N.Y.
George Archer, the three-time defending champion, and Orville Moody are one stroke behind.
Archer is trying to become the only senior player to win four consecutive titles at the same tournament.
Walt Zembriski and Bruce Lenhard are deadlocked at 70 on the 6,775-yard Meadow Brook Club course.
Henning, who sprained an ankle trying to keep a golf cart from overturning at the Legends tournament in May, had five birdies and only one bogey. Coody, who had to deal with a pinched nerve in his neck for 18 months, matched that performance.