Hayes sets course-record 61, shares lead with Funk at Deere Cla

Saturday, July 27, 2002

SILVIS, Ill. -- J.P. Hayes shot a course-record 10-under-par 61 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Fred Funk in the John Deere Classic.

Hayes broke the TPC of Deere Run record of 62 shared by Kirk Triplett, David Frost and Pat Bates. Triplett and Frost shot their 62s in 2000, the first year the event was played on the course, and Bates matched the mark Friday.

Funk, coming off a second-place finish last week in the B.C. Open, shot his second straight 64 to match Hayes at 14 under.

Robert Gamez was a stroke back after a 64, and 2001 runner-up Briny Baird (64) and Nolan Henke (65) followed at 11 under. Bates joined first-round leader Mike Heinen (69) in a five-player group at 10 under, and B.C. Open winner Spike McRoy (67) was 9 under.

Hayes, the 1998 Buick Classic winner, had 11 birdies and a bogey. The 46-year-old Funk has hit 27 of 28 fairways and 35 of 36 greens in regulation in two bogey-free rounds.

LPGA: Kelli Kuehne birdied the first three holes en route to a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Big Apple Classic at New Rochelle, N.Y.

Chris Johnson matched the 65 to move into second at 6-under 136, but she went the other way from Kuehne, making birdies on the final three holes at Wykagyl Country Club.

Sweden's Annika Sorenstam, seeking her seventh tour victory of the year, had a 66 to join South Korea's Hee-Won Han (67) at 5 under. Beth Daniel (65) was 4 under along with Gloria Park (67), Kim Saiki (67) and Sherri Steinhauer (69).

SENIOR PGA: Bob Gilder shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over five players, including two-time defending champion Larry Nelson, in the FleetBoston Classic at Concord, Mass.

Gilder, coming off a playoff victory over Hale Irwin last week in the SBC Senior Open in Chicago, had a 5-under 31 on the back nine at the Nashawtuc Country Club, birdieing Nos. 16 and 18.

Nelson was at 67 along with Wayne Levi, Jack Spradlin, Dave Eichelberger and Lee Jenkins, and Allen Doyle and Rodger Davis opened with 68s. Irwin, the 1998 and 1999 winner, shot a 71.

Arnold Palmer had the shot of the day, holing a 40-yard eagle chip on the par-5 10th. The 72-year-old Palmer shot a 75, his best round of the year in five senior events and three PGA Tour starts.

PGA EUROPE: Germany's Tobias Dier followed his European tour-record tying 10-under 60 with a 67 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Dutch Open at Hilversum, Netherlands.

Australia's Peter Lonard (63) and England's Jamie Spence were tied for second at 10-under 130, and England's Mark Roe (64) was four strokes back at 9 under.

England's Nick Faldo shot his second straight 68, and Americans John Daly (67) and Jerry Pate (69) were in a group at 137 along with South Africa's Retief Goosen (68). Defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany shot a 69 to make the cut by a stroke at 140.

SENIOR PGA EUROPE: Tom Watson had the only bogey-free round of the Senior British Open, shooting a 2-under 69 to move within five strokes of leader Noboru Sugai of Japan at Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

Sugai offset a double bogey at No. 15 with birdies at the 17th and 18th for his second straight 67 on the Royal County Down course. Scotland's John Chillas (69) was four strokes back.

Watson is making his first appearance in the tournament.

-- From wire reports

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