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Kraft falls six behind at Q-school

By Associated Press
Published December 2, 2005

WINTER GARDEN - Michael Allen shot 4-under 68 Thursday to build a six-shot lead over Clearwater's Greg Kraft and four others after two rounds of PGA Tour qualifying. It wasn't big enough, however, to make him feel comfortable about earning his card.

"It's nice to have played so well up to this point, but with four days left, the tournament hasn't even started yet," Allen said. "But if I could pick up another six or seven strokes on the field over the next two days, then even I might be comfortable heading into the last two rounds."

Allen, 46, has made it through Q-school seven times in the last 11 years, returning this year because he finished 130th on the money list. The top 30 and ties from Q-school earn full status on the PGA Tour next year.

Allen was at 12-under 132. Among those with Kraft at 138 was Henrik Bjornstad, who is trying to become the first Norwegian-born player on tour. Dunedin's Bob Heintz was at 142.

LPGA: Ai Miyazato gave her large media gallery plenty to write home about, shooting 3-under 69 to build a three-shot lead after two rounds of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament at Daytona Beach.

Miyazato, a six-time winner on the Japan tour this year who has become her country's biggest star, made two bogeys on her first four holes before recovering with five birdies to finish at 9-under 135.

Lee Ann Walker-Cooper had a 68 and was at 138.

High-schooler Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, who shared the lead with Miyazato after the first round, started with bogey-double bogey and wound up in a tie for third with 75-141. Kelly Lagedrost of Brooksville was at 145.

The top 24 earn an LPGA card for next year, and there will be a playoff if necessary on Sunday in case of ties. The 90-hole event has a cut to 70 and ties after four rounds.

SUNSHINE TOUR: Ernie Els got pretty much what he expected from his return to competitive golf 41/2 months after injuring his left knee.

"It felt like my first round back," said Els, who shot par 72 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, South Africa. "I hit some funny shots, but my knee stood up very well."

Els was five shots behind Darren Clarke after the opening round. Clarke shot 67 to lead Jim Furyk by one stroke. Tim Clark, defending champion Retief Goosen and Luke Donald were three strokes off the lead at the Gary Player Country Club.

PGA EUROPEAN/ASIAN TOUR: South Korea's Kang Wook-soon had five consecutive birdies on the back nine to finish with 6-under 64 and take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Hong Kong Open.

PGA OF AUSTRALIA: Rain and lightning forced organizers to suspend the opening round of the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum after only 11 players completed their rounds.

BRITISH OPEN: Turnberry in Scotland will host the championship for the fourth time in 2009. The 138th edition will be played July 16-19, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club announced.

[Last modified December 2, 2005, 01:14:18]


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