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Mallon, newcomer lead breezy Farr

Associated Press
Published August 7, 2004

SYLVANIA, Ohio - Meg Mallon and Angela Jerman thrived before swirling winds hampered play in the second round of the Jamie Farr Classic on Friday.

Playing early in the day, Mallon and Jerman shared the lead at 7-under 135.

Mallon, who won July's U.S. Open, shot 69 that included a double bogey on the par-3 sixth and eagle on the par-5 No. 17.

"What I like about the wind is it brings the cream to the top," Mallon said. "You have to be a good ball-striker. You have to have a good short game. It divides the field into who's playing the best and who's faking it out there."

Scores rose by almost half a stroke for the 144-player field.

Jerman, a second-year pro who had never led an LPGA event, had five birdies and two bogeys for 68. With no wins and 18 missed cuts in 40 starts, she said she tried not to think about the leaderboard.

"My caddie (Dave Brooker) did a great job of talking about everything except golf, so it was a very relaxed atmosphere," she said. "I felt like I was playing a practice round: Hit the shot, see where it ends up and go and hit it again."

Brandie Burton was third, a shot back, after 69. Karrie Webb shot 68 and was tied for fourth with first-round leader Karen Stupples.

Stupples, a former Florida State star, followed 65 with 1-over 72 and said she felt worn down late in the round. She won the British Open on Sunday and celebrated for two days before flying to Toledo on the eve of the tournament.

"It's all starting to finally catch up with me, not so much physically but mentally," she said. "It hit me on 12. Every shot seemed like, "Okay, I've really got to fight on this shot.' But it was okay.

"I hung in there pretty good. I'm really looking forward to getting a good night's sleep and coming back strong for the weekend."

EUROPEAN LPGA: Janice Moodie and Becky Morgan shot 2-under 70 for the second straight day and shared the lead after two rounds of the HP Open in Stockholm, Sweden. Annika Sorenstam shot 72 and was tied for fourth at two back.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Craig Stadler and Tom Purtzer shot 8-under 64 and shared the first-round lead at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn. Stadler finished with four consecutive birdies, including a 61-foot putt at No. 16, and shot 30 on the back nine. Purtzer made the turn at 3 under then made five consecutive birdies.

Sammy Rachels birdied five of the first seven holes and finished tied with Tom Kite at 65. Defending champion Wayne Levi birdied the last three holes to shoot 6 under. Seventeen players were within four shots of the lead.

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