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Glover hot in Florida

Disney champ takes 1-shot lead at Bay Hill

Lucas Glover might wish the PGA Tour came to Orlando more often.

Five months after a stunning victory down the road at Disney, Glover surged into the lead yesterday at the Bay Hill Invitational with birdies on two of his last three holes for his second consecutive 5-under-par 67 and a one-shot lead over Robert Allenby and Rod Pampling.

Halfway through a sun-baked tournament, Glover has a chance to join some elite company. Tiger Woods and the late Payne Stewart are the only players to win individual titles at both Orlando events on the PGA Tour, and Woods is the only player to win them consecutively.

Glover, 26, from South Carolina, can't explain his success in these parts. He only hopes it continues.

''I think Tiger even said it -- if you're playing well, you don't mind where you're playing," said Glover, who was at 10-under 134 on a Bay Hill Club course that was getting firmer and tougher.

Scores remained bunched, with more than a dozen players within five shots of the lead going into the weekend.

Woods wasn't among them.

He rarely hit it close to the flag, the exception coming at the par-5 sixth with an approach over water to 8 feet for eagle. He followed that with a three-putt bogey from 25 feet, and wound up with a 1-under 71 to finish seven shots off the lead.

Glover's only problem was water.

He went out in 32 to join Dean Wilson atop the leaderboard, then missed his drive to the right into the rough on the 11th. When he got to his ball, Glover saw he had a decent lie. Turns out that wasn't the best thing that could have happened, with a lake down the left side of the hole.

''I decided to be an idiot and go at the left side of the green and try to hit it close," Glover said. ''I hit it in the water."

He looked like a genius with his recovery, however, nearly holing his wedge for a tap-in birdie on the 13th, nearly making eagle with a short 2-putt on the 16th and hit his best shot of the week, a 3-iron to 10 feet on the par-3 17th.

Pampling turned in the best round of the tournament, a 7-under 65 with six of those birdies in an eight-hole stretch.

Allenby, who became the first player to win the Triple Crown down under late last year by winning the Australian Masters, Australian Open, and Australian PGA, was at 9-under 135.

LPGA -- Sarah Lee waited until the last moment to grab the second-round lead in the Safeway International.

With shadows falling on the Superstition Mountain (Ariz.) Golf and Country Club, Lee eagled the 513-yard, par-5 18th hole to finish at 12 under and grab a one-stroke lead over Aree Song. Paula Creamer and Suzann Pettersen were tied for third, two strokes back.

Annika Sorenstam, who won the past two Safeways, trails by eight shots.

Champions -- Bob Eastwood shot a 6-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., with Graham Marsh and Bruce Lietzke a stroke behind.

European/Asian -- David Howell of England birdied 11 holes en route to a 63 to move into the lead after two rounds of the TCL Classic in Sanya, China.

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