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BYRD HAS WAY WITH BIRDIES AT B.C.

Byrd for birdie. It almost became monotonous.

Jonathan Byrd had nine birdies Friday in a 7-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the B.C. Open.

Daniel Chopra and John Morgan, who lost in a playoff last week at the John Deere Classic, were tied for second at 11-under 133. Chopra had a 65 and Morgan a 68 entering today's final round (3, USA).

Another shot back were Todd Fischer, Chris Smith, Roland Thatcher and Neal Lancaster. First-round leader Kelly Gibson skied to a 74 after an opening 64 to fall into a tie for 34th.

Kevin Stadler, who began the round one shot behind Gibson, flirted with the lead all day. He made it to 11 under with an eagle at the par-5 12th but bogeyed his final two holes to finish with a 70 and drop back to 9-under 135 with six others.

Craig Stadler, Kevin's father and the defending champion, shot a 69 and was another stroke back.

Robert Gamez had 11 birdies and equaled the En-Joie Golf Club course record with an 11-under 61 in the afternoon, tying Hal Sutton (1995) and Fred Funk (1999). Notah Begay shot a 62 in the morning on the strength of 10 birdies over the soggy, forgiving course.

Byrd, who had an opening 67, had five birdies and a bogey on the back nine to reach 9 under, then birdied No. 1 to move into contention. He made a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 6 to go 12 under, fell back with a three-putt bogey at the par-4 seventh, then regained sole possession of the lead with a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 8.

After undergoing hip surgery in February, it was a welcome relief.

"I felt good the last three months, but it's been a struggle coming back," said Byrd, who has missed eight cuts this year.

Park recovers to lead

VIENNA, Ohio -- Gloria Park had 10 birdies in a 6-under 66 Friday and held a one-stroke lead in the tournament she almost didn't play in.

She was sick Thursday night and seriously considered withdrawing before the first round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic at Squaw Creek Country Club.

"I feel pretty good now," said Park, a two-time winner on tour this year. "Yesterday my stomach was hurting and I threw up during the night."

Young-A Yang had a 67 and Donna Andrews was another stroke back. Marilyn Lovander, Nadina Taylor and Laura Diaz all had 69s.

Defending champion Rachel Teske struggled all day and finished with a 75.

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