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Durant leads Zurich Classic by two shots in New Orleans

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Joe Durant had a bogey-free 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over Brett Wetterich in the Zurich Classic.

Durant had a 12-under 132 total on the English Turn course in New Orleans. Wetterich closed with an 8-foot birdie on the ninth hole for a 65.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen sputtered at the start and then steadily improved for a 3-under 69 that left him in a group of seven players at 9-under 135 .

LPGA Tour

Lorena Ochoa rebounded from a triple bogey and shot a 2-under 70 to finish a stroke behind Mi Hyun Kim (66) after the second round of the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open in Reunion, Fla.

Ochoa was 7 under after 36 holes and -- once again -- ahead of most of the field. She has been the best golfer on tour this season, with four top-10 finishes in six starts.

Champions

Tom Kite got off to a fast start in his bid to win a PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Texas for the first time, birdieing the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a share of the first-round lead in FedEx Kinko's Classic in Lakeway, Texas.

Kite, the Austin resident who is winless in Texas in 98 starts on the PGA Tour and 10 on the Champions Tour, was tied with Jay Haas, Bruce Fleisher, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange and senior newcomer David Edwards.

-- The Associated Press


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