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Kite Disqualified After Signing Incorrect Card

Associated Press
Saturday, April 16, 2005; Page D06

Former U.S. Open champion Tom Kite was disqualified for the first time in his 34-year PGA Tour career yesterday after signing an incorrect scorecard at the Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Kite signed for a par 4 on the eighth hole instead of his bogey 5 during a round of 76 at Harbour Town Golf Links, according to PGA Tour spokesman Phil Stambaugh. Kite's 36-hole total of 6-over 148 was one shot off the cut. Kite had not been disqualified in his previous 705 events since he first played a PGA Tour event in 1971.

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Darren Clarke's second straight 65 gave him a six-stroke lead and left him at 12-under 130, his career-best for 36 holes and one shot off the tournament record set by Jack Nicklaus in 1975 and tied by Phil Mickelson three years ago.

"I knew I liked the golf course and that's why I've kept coming back," Clarke said.

Australian Peter Lonard, who led by two shots after a career-best 62 in the first round, ballooned to a 74 and was tied for second with Patrick Sheehan, who had a second-round 70.

Clarke, who began his round on the back nine, moved in front with a stretch of five birdies in six holes. Davis Love III, a five-time champion here, looked like he might make a run toward the top after an eagle on the par-5 5th. But Love stumbled home with three bogeys over the final five holes for a 70 and stood nine shots behind Clarke.

When Scott Simpson made a double bogey on his last hole, it changed the cut line from 4 over to 5 over and that had some players who thought they were out scrambling to get back to Harbour Town. Jerry Kelly had flown to Indianapolis to drop off Chris Smith before returning to his Wisconsin home. He was flying back for today's tee time.

LPGA: Wendy Ward scrambled to shoot a 68 and take a three-shot lead through two rounds of the Takefuji Classic in Las Vegas. Ward, looking for her fourth LPGA victory and first in nearly four years, was at 11-under 133 at the Las Vegas Country Club. Karrie Webb, who shared the opening-round lead with Ward, had a 71 and was tied for second with Moira Dunn, who is winless in 10 years on the tour. Dunn had a 5-under 67 in the second round.

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