Mark Lye scrambled to a 70 to retain a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the $250,000 Pensacola Open tournament.
"What a difference a day makes," said Lye, who Thursday shot 63 and yesterday had to birdie the last hole to break par for a 133 total on the 7,093-yard Perdido Bay Country Club course. "I kept hitting it in the garbage all day."
Calvin Peete stayed in contention for the Vardon Trophy, but Fuzzy Zoeller could do no better than 71, which hurt his chances of overtaking Hal Sutton for the year's money-winning title.
Zoeller was at 139; he needs to finish fourth or better to pass Sutton's money-winning total of $426,668.
Peete, the defending champion, dropped a 35-foot birdie putt on his 18th hole for 68--136. He will have to play the next two rounds in 133 to pass Ray Floyd for the year's leading stroke average . . .
Miller Barber shot a four-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the $200,000 Coca Cola Grand Slam seniors tournament in Chiyoda, Japan.
Barber had a 36-hole total of 139, five under par, entering today's third round of the four-day event over the 6,497-yard, par-72 Chiyoda Country Club course.
Gay Brewer and Roberto DeVicenzo were tied for second. Brewer shot 70 yesterday while DeVicenzo had a 67. Dow Finsterwald, the first-round leader, shot 72 and fell into a fourth-place tie with Gene Littler at 141.