Wayne Levi, 28, shot a four-under-par 67 today to take a one-stroke lead in the $300,000 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic after two days of play with a score of 137.
Levi, ranked 66th on the PGA's money list, is in the throes of what he says hs been an "awful year". Levi, who went into today's round at one under par, birdied the first hole, double-bogeyed the fifth, then proceeded to birdie the sixth, seventh, 10th, 12th and 15th holes to take the lead.
Tied for second are Bob Murphy, Howard Twitty and Jim Booros. First-round leader Bob Gilder slipped to 73 and was four behind.
Conceding that he is a "lousy" putter, Levi said the Kingsmill Golf Club course, with its narrow fairways, provides him an opportunity to win a tour event for the first time this season.
"If I was going to be in contention, it would have to be in a tournament like this one where it's not going to take a real low score, like a 15 or 29 (under par), to win," Levi said.
Twitty turned in a bogeyless, four-under 67 today. The 32-year-old Arizonan, who has ben in a slump for most of this season, seemed buoyed by his performance, especially his accurate putting.
"Everyone keeps telling me it's time for me to play well," Twitty said, noting that he usually gets off to a slow start each season. "If I win this one I might just take the first six months off next year."
Murphy duplicated his Thursday score, 69.
The outspoken Murphy, who earlier criticized the construction of the Kingsmill course, said today that the greens were holding better but added that he was still "not comfortable off the tees."
Several of the golfers have been critical of Kingsmill, being played by the touring pros for the first time, calling some holes "unfair" and complaining that the fairways are extremely narrow.
Defending champion Ben Crenshaw was two strokes back after a 70.
Crenshaw parred the first five holes, birdied the sixth, bogeyed the eighth hole with its steep, small green and birdied the 10th.
Tied with Crenshaw is John Mahaffey, the 1980 winner of the Kemper Open, who went into today's round at one-over 72 but emerged at three-under 139 after bogeying two holes, birdieing four and scoring an eagle on the seventh hole.