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Record day gets Hayes into lead

J.P. Hayes shot a course-record 10-under-par 61 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Fred Funk in the John Deere Classic.

"It was a lot of fun," Hayes said after the lowest round of his PGA Tour career. "I felt like I was going to play well, but you never expect something like that. The putter was the difference."

Hayes broke the TPC of Deere Run record shared by Kirk Triplett, David Frost and Pat Bates. Triplett and Frost shot 62 in 2000, the first year the event was played on the course, and Bates matched it Friday.

Funk, coming off a second-place finish last weekend in the B.C. Open, shot his second 64 to match Hayes at 14 under.

Robert Gamez was a stroke back after 64, and 2001 runner-up Briny Baird (64) and Nolan Henke (65) followed at 11 under. Bates joined first-round leader Mike Heinen (69) in a five-player group at 10 under, and B.C. Open winner Spike McRoy (67) was 9 under.

BIG APPLE CLASSIC: Kelli Kuehne birdied the first three holes and went to 6-under 65 and a two-stroke lead after two rounds of LPGA play in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Chris Johnson matched the 65 to move into second at 6-under 136, but she went the other way from Kuehne, making birdies on the final three holes.

First-round leaders Kathryn Marshall and Minny Yeo, who opened with 68, struggled. Marshall had 76 and was at 2-over 144, one shot better than the cut, and Yeo had 80.

Tampa's Beth Bauer shot 73 and was nine back at 143.

FLEETBOSTON CLASSIC: Bob Gilder shot 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead on five players, including two-time defending champion Larry Nelson, in Concord, Mass.

Gilder, coming off a Senior PGA playoff victory against Hale Irwin Sunday, had 5-under 31 on the back nine at the Nashawtuc Country Club, birdieing Nos. 16 and 18.

Nelson shot 67, his ninth consecutive subpar round at Nashawtuc and his third consecutive opening round of 67 or better in the tournament.

SENIOR BRITISH: Tom Watson had the only bogey-free round in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, shooting 2-under-par 69.

The five-time British Open champion trailed leader Noboru Sugai, who led after the first round, by five strokes.

DUTCH OPEN: First-round leader Tobias Dier followed his opening 60 with 3-under 67 for a three-stroke lead in European PGA play at Hilversum, Netherlands.

LORETTO CLASSIC: Juli Hilton, Natalie Wong and Isabelle Beisiegel each shot 3-under 68 for a share of the lead after the rain-slowed opening round of the Futures Tour event in Syracuse, N.Y. Eighteen players did not complete the first round. Brooksville's Kelly Lagedrost shot 74, Bradenton's Sue Ertl shot 78, and Lakeland's Jan Kleiman and St. Petersburg's Trish Ziegel shot 82.

Trevino fights Augusta

ORLANDO _ Breaking rank from many of his tight-lipped and reluctant PGA Tour counterparts, Hall of Famer Lee Trevino said Augusta National, site of the Masters, should seriously consider admitting a female member.

"I don't think there's anything wrong if Augusta doesn't want to let ladies in, as long as they don't have a golf tournament," Trevino told the Orlando Sentinel. "But if you're having a tournament with our players on the PGA Tour, then I think you've got to take a long look at it."

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