With the sun setting and temperatures cooling rapidly, Stephen Ames of Trinidad moved to 6 under par Friday to take the early second-round lead at the rain-delayed B.C. Open.
Ames overtook first-round co-leaders Peter Jacobsen and Bradley Hughes by fashioning a 4-under 68 in the first round, then carding birdies on two of the six holes he completed in the second round before darkness fell.
"It's tough. It makes for a long day," said Ames, who has only played 12 tournaments this year because of visa problems and missed the cut in his last three. "And tomorrow is going to be another long day again because we're going to finish, make a cut, and go back out and play again."
Hughes and Jacobsen each shot 67s in their first and only round of the day. They were tied with Russ Cochran, who had completed six holes on the second round when play was halted. ESPN's coverage is scheduled to begin today at 3:30 p.m.
Phil Mickelson, Lanny Wadkins, Chip Beck, defending B.C. Open champion Chris Perry and Brandt Jobe were another stroke back. Perry and Jobe also used the second round to move into contention. Perry, who had an opening-round 70, was 2 under after nine holes of the second round while Jobe picked up three strokes in the eight holes he completed.
Rain forced postponement of the first round on Thursday after about two hours of play. Play resumed at 8 a.m. Friday, and by the afternoon the golfers were playing under blue skies and puffy white clouds, Hurricane Floyd seeming like just a bad dream.
Mickelson, who was 1 under starting play at No. 6, took the early lead with four birdies over his first seven holes. He dropped back when his drive on No. 18 found water and he finished with a bogey.
"I obviously feel a little rusty," said Mickelson, coming off a two-week layoff with a week to go before he plays in the Ryder Cup. "But it's not too difficult to pick up my rhythm and timing. The key is in and around the greens, and I think I did pretty well."Around the greens
Alberto Giannone, a native of Argentina playing his first year on the Senior PGA Tour, shot an 8-under 64 and held a one-stroke lead over Bud Allin in the Bank One Championship in Dallas. Giannone, who entered the tournament ranked 78th on the senior tour in putting, needed just 20 putts. He had birdies on six of the first seven holes and made the turn in 6-under 30.
Helen Alfredsson topped off a stellar 65 with an eagle on her last hole Friday and held a two-shot lead over Catriona Matthew in the $650,000 Safeco Classic in Kent, Wash. Alfredsson's 7-under-par round gave her a two-day total of 134. Matthew, who had a 3-under-par 68 Friday, completed 36 holes one stroke better than Michelle McGann, Wendy Doolan, Maria Hjorth and Leslie Spalding. Defending Safeco champion Annika Sorenstam shot a 70 for 141 after two rounds on the 6,198-yard Meridian Valley Country Club course south of Seattle.
Miguel Angel Jimenez warmed up for next week's Ryder Cup by firing a 7-under-par 64 Friday and surging to a three-shot lead over England's Gary Evans at the Lancome Trophy tournament in France. The 35-year-old Spaniard finished 36 holes at 132.