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Dent charges to lead

In a day of par-shattering rounds, Tampa's Jim Dent shot an 8-under 63 to edge past Dave Eichelberger's course record-tying 62 for the second-round lead in the Ralph's Senior Classic.

Combining Herculean drives _ several exceeding 300 yards _ with several saves, Dent was at 131, one stroke in front of Eichelberger. In one four-hole burst, Dent shaved five strokes off par with two eagles sandwiching two birdies.

"I don't ever recall making two eagles in a round," Dent said, "but you gotta catch them when you can. Shoot them down."

After eagles on the par-5 8th (10-foot putt) and par-5 11th (40-foot chip), Dent struggled briefly on his march back to the clubhouse. On the 190-yard 17th, Dent pulled a 5-iron over the green and nearly against a tree trunk. From 20 yards, he chipped up beautifully and made a 4-footer to save par.

"Routine," Dent said with a wry smile. "It was one of those days when everything went well."

First-round leader Bobby Nichols shot 71 and fell four strokes back.