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Jacobsen takes over lead by 1 shot
Second-round 63 puts him ahead of Morgan, Bryant at Senior PGA
Associated Press
Posted on Sat, May. 27, 2006

Peter Jacobsen shot a 3-under-par 68 to move past Oak Tree Golf Club member Gil Morgan on Friday for a 1-stroke lead at the Senior PGA Championship in Edmond, Okla. Brad Bryant shot a 4-under 67 to tie Morgan (70) for second.

Jacobsen, who is looking to win his third major in as many years, played in Morgan's group in each of the first two rounds and admitted being a bit of a copycat.

``It's fun to play with somebody like Gil Morgan who not only knows the nuances of the golf course. He stands up there and drives it right down the middle and doesn't give it a second thought because he's so familiar with it,'' Jacobsen said. ``I just try to follow what Gil's doing.''

Jacobsen was 2 shots better than Morgan on Friday and took the lead with a birdie at the par-4 18th. His drive went into the rough on the right side of the fairway but he was able to chip the ball over a ridge and get it to stop about 5 feet from the hole.

Morgan, who led by 1 stroke after the first round, had six birdies for the second consecutive day but this time had four bogeys to finish at 6 under.

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• Darron Stiles grabbed a 2-stroke lead with a 6-under 64 after the second round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., when winds gusting to 20 mph played havoc. Stiles turned in eight birdies with a double-bogey for a 133 total. Tim Herron shot a 65 and was tied with Tom Pernice (68) and first-round leader Chris Smith (71) at 135. David Toms (67), Brian Gay (67) and Camilo Villegas (66) were at 136.

• Virada Nirapathpongporn, who won the 2002 NCAA title and 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur, shot a 5-under 67 to take sole possession of the lead after two rounds at the LPGA Corning Classic in Corning, N.Y. Nirapathpongporn, a native of Thailand, was at 133, 1 shot ahead of Brandie Burton (68) and first-round co-leader Nancy Scranton (69). Another stroke behind was Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, who had a bogey-free 68 and was tied at 135 with Jeong Jang (69).

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