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LEHMAN COOLS TO ALLOW LICKLITER BACK IN HUNT

Tom Lehman cooled off just in time to put some suspense back into the Phoenix Open.

Lehman, who shot an 8-under-par 63 in the first round and shared a three-stroke lead with Phil Mickelson going into the second, followed up with a 67 Friday.

He plateaued after birdies on three of the first five holes, allowing Frank Lickliter to stay within one stroke. Lehman finished with four straight pars, holing out in deep twilight on No. 18.

"My main objective on the 18th was just to make sure I finished strong," Lehman said. "Because it was dark, I didn't want to make a mistake. I was very satisfied with a par there."

Lickliter carded a 64, reaching the midpoint at 11-under 131.

"If I keep putting myself in this position, Rocco Mediate keeps telling me I'll win by accident -- I'll birdie the last three holes or someone will bogey the last three holes, or something," Lickliter said. "I feel like I keep getting better every year."

Hal Sutton, Robert Allenby and Bradley Hughes were four shots off the pace at 134, with Steve Flesch and Stewart Cink one shot behind them going into today's third round (3 p.m., Ch. 4).

Mickelson shot 75 and backed into a five-way tie at 136 with Tom Pernice Jr., Kenny Perry, Paul Stankowski and Lee Janzen.

Frost delayed the start of play for 30 minutes in the morning, and darkness forced the suspension of play with 21 players still on the course.

That kept the PGA from announcing the cut pending completion of the round this morning.

Neilsen ties for fourth

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- East Aurora's Lon Neilsen finished tied for fourth place and won $2,275 in the PGA Stroke Play Championship.

Neilsen shot a par-72 on the PGA's South Course Friday and finished two shots back of winner Rick Hartmann of Bridgeport. Neilsen trailed Hartmann by two strokes entering the final round and twice moved within a shot of the leader. But he bogeyed the 18th hole and settled for a fourth-place tie with Russ Davis of Atlanta.

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