Don Pooley, aided by a spectacular eight-iron shot, birdied his final hole today to tie Mark O'Meara for the lead after two rounds of the $250,000 Milwaukee Open golf tournament.
Pooley, four strokes off the pace after the first round, finished with a four-under-par 68 and a 137 total for 36 holes over the windy, 7,010-yard Tuckaway Country Club course.
O'Meara, tied with Lon Hinkle at 65 after Thursday, played his second round in 72.
One stroke behind were Morris Hatalsky, who had 68 today; Wally Armstrong, with 72; Buddy Gardner, with 71; Roger Maltbie, with 69, and Clarence Rose with 69. Rose missed a chance to share the lead when he bogeyed his final hole.
Defending champion Calvin Peete, who had an opening-round 69, shot 73 to fall five strokes behind. Hinkle shot 78 and was six strokes back.
O'Meara almost didn't make it to the course on time. He was driving with his father to the club when they were pulled over by a police officer.
"The officer said I had passed a truck in a no-passing zone," O'Meara said. "When he said we would have to go to the station to post bond, I said, 'Let's hurry because I have a 7:54 teeoff.'
"But my father talked to him for a few minutes and he let us go."
Pooley bogeyed his 17th hole, then dropped an eight-iron shot within four feet of the hole from 160 yards out on No. 18. He tapped in for birdie and a share of the lead.
"This is the best I've hit all year, by far," said Pooley, who is 38th on the Tour's earnings list.
"Different parts of my game have been better at different times of the year, but they're all coming together now," he said. "Something clicked this week in my swing. I wish it was this easy every day."