Tom Lehman, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, though he came close in the Masters, shot a bogey-free 67 and took a two-shot lead Friday at the halfway point of Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial tournament at Dublin, Ohio.
Lehman completed two trips over the Muirfield Village Golf Club course in 134, 10 under par.
His experience at the Masters last month, where he led through three rounds before finishing second, should be beneficial as he makes another run at his first victory, Lehman said.
“I learned that my game is sound enough to stand up to that kind of pressure,” Lehman said. “I feel I am strong enough emotionally, my swing is sound enough, to withstand the pressure.”
The pressure is growing as a result of his near-miss at Augusta, Ga.
“It was frustrating,” he said. “Now, every time I start playing good, there is more pressure to win.”
He won’t have to contend with Nick Faldo of England or Nicklaus, the host, tournament founder and two-time Memorial winner. Both missed the cut.
John Cook and David Edwards share second place at 136.
Raymond Floyd tied an Upper Montclair Country Club course record with an eight-under-par 64 and took a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic at Clifton, N.J.
Floyd, who came down with food poisoning and lost last year’s event by two strokes to Lee Trevino, had no bogeys and eight birdies, four on each nine, in tying the course record set by Orville Moody in 1970.
George Archer, with a 67, was the only player within five shots of Floyd, who has already won three times this year.
Houston Oiler kicker Al Del Greco successfully defended his NFL players championship shooting a three-over-par 75, giving him a 232 total for three rounds.
Missie Berteotti shot a six-under 66 to take a three-shot lead in the Lady Keystone Open at Hershey Country Club in Pennsylvania.
Judy Dickinson, Noelle Daghe, Elaine Crosby and Brandie Burton are tied for second, a stroke ahead of 10 golfers, including Laura Davies, who is seeking her third tournament championship in a row.