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Curtis storms to lead

SAN ANTONIO -- Ben Curtis can't pick his schedule like the old days. The former British Open champion, whose status has sunk near the lowest on the PGA Tour, now waits for the phone to ring to find out whether tournaments can squeeze him in.

But heading into the weekend, at least, he's back in control.

Wrapping up his second round at the Texas Open just before a two-hour storm delay left behind a stiff wind that protected the early leaders, Curtis shot another bogey-free 5-under 67 on Friday to finish at 10 under. He was two strokes ahead of David Mathis and three in front of Cameron Triangle and Matt Every.

Mathis matched Curtis with a 67, Triangle had a 65, and Every was poised to inch even closer before darkness suspended play. He'll line up for an 11-foot birdie chance on the par-4 17th when second-round play resumes Saturday.

Blake Adams (69), Ryan Palmer (69) and Hunter Haas (74) were tied for fifth at 4 under.


Around the links

*Brad Bryant and Tom Purtzer teamed for a 12-under 60 to take the first round lead at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf championship Friday. The score was one shot off the course record set in 2008 by Tom Watson and Andy North at the best-ball event at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Georgia.

*Japan's Ai Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 in difficult wind conditions to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii. The seven-time tour winner had a 10-under 206 total at Ko Olina.

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