|Stephen Leaney shot a 4-under-par 67 for a one-shot lead after two rounds in the PODS Championship. (CHRIS O'MEARA/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Leaney's putting takes him to top
On a golf course where Stephen Leaney said there were no easy holes, he had a simple explanation for how he wound up atop the leaderboard yesterday at the PODS Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.
"I've probably holed more putts than anyone," he said.
Leaney watched a 40-foot birdie putt on the last hole tumble in for birdie and a 4-under-par 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Heath Slocum on an Innisbrook course that won't let anyone get too far ahead.
Defending champion K.J. Choi and Chris DiMarco were among those another shot behind, but only 37 players remained under par and 27 were within four shots of the lead.
Brad Faxon was only four shots behind until he struggled down the stretch and made the cut on the number (2-over 144).
Vaughn Taylor (68), rookie Doug LaBelle (71), Pat Perez (70), Daniel Chopra (71), and Jonathan Byrd (69) were in the group at 138. Another shot behind was a group that included Billy Andrade, Arron Oberholser, and first-round leader Cliff Kresge, who was nine shots worse with a 74.
LPGA -- Stacy Prammansudh shot a 5-under 67 to take the clubhouse lead in the rain-delayed MasterCard Classic at Mexico City.
Marcy Hart, Laura Davies, Hee-Won Han, and Christina Kim were at 4 under, although Han and Kim did not complete the round.
Lurking at 3 under is defending champion Annika Sorenstam, who made three birdies on the back nine.
Hometown hero Lorena Ochoa, last season's player of the year, shot 1-under 71.
Play was suspended because of inclement weather, and eventually the round was called because of darkness with 66 players on the course. The first round will resume this morning.
European PGA -- India's Jyoti Randhawa fired seven birdies on his way to a 68 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Singapore Masters.
Randhawa, last year's Indian Open champion, had a two-round total of 11-under 133 despite three bogeys. Scotland's Barry Hume (69) made five birdies but conceded a double-bogey to sit in second place with a 10-under 134.
European Ryder Cuppers Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, and David Howell missed the cut.
Champions -- Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw shot 6-under 65s to highlight a six-way logjam at the top of the
Eduardo Romero, Jay Haas, Tom Purtzer, and R.W. Eaks filled out the leaderboard.
Allen Doyle, Peter Jacobsen, and Morris Hatalsky were a shot back.