Jack Nicklaus sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to gain a tie for the lead yesterday in the second round of his own tournament, the Memorial, at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
Nicklaus, 46, who designed and built the course, shot a 70 for a two-day total of 8-under-par 136. That put him in a tie with first-round leader Dan Halldorson (71), Doug Tewell (70) and Don Pooley (67).
Corning Classic: Cindy Hill shot a career-best 7-under-par 65 to move into second place after two rounds of the LPGA tournament in Corning, N.Y. She cut Beth Daniel's lead to one stroke.
Daniel had an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys during a 2-under-par round of 70 -- 137.
Coca-Cola Grand Slam: In Narita, Japan, Lee Elder shot a bogey-free 66 for a 131 total that extended his lead to seven strokes at 13 under par after the second round of the $230,000 seniors tournament.
Elder had birdies on the 3rd, 8th, 10th, 12th, 16th and 17th holes for the day's best score. He shot 65 Thursday.
Defending champion Miller Barber was in second at 67 -- 138.
Kemper Open Qualifier: Pete Malphrus of Montgomery Village shot 2-under-par 69 at Poolesville to lead four qualifiers for next week's PGA Tour Kemper Open at Congressional Country Club. The qualifer was limited to members of the Middle Atlantic PGA.
Other qualifiers were Fred Funk of the University of Maryland (70), Coleman Plecker of Manor and David Jimenez of Wintergreen (71). Jimenez and Plecker parred the first hole to win a four-man playoff for the final two spots among four who shot 71. Jeff Staton and Clem King were the playoff losers.
Malphrus birdied holes nine, 10, 11 and 14 to gain his first PGA Tour event.
Women's Southern Amateur: Kim Williams of Potomac defeated LeeAnn Hammack of Oklahoma City, Okla., 4 and 2, to win the championship in Jackson, Miss. Williams, of Bethesda Country Club, also won the title last year, in Pinehurst, N.C.