Tony Sills, worrying more about his hospitalized father than his golf, shot 6-under-par 65 today to tie first-round co-leader Jodie Mudd (70) for the second-round lead with 135 in the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic.
Tony DeLuca, a former Virginia PGA champion from Vienna, shot 70 and stayed one stroke behind, along with Mark O'Meara (63, tying the Kingsmill course record), first-round co-leader Adrian Stills (70) and Mark Hayes (65), at 6-under-par 136.
Stills, a PGA Tour rookie with nothing better than a tie for 59th in his 12 previous tournaments, led at 8-under with two holes to play but bogeyed the 17th and 18th to drop behind Sills and Mudd.
Sills dropped off the tour for five weeks to help care for his ailing father. On Wednesday he was notified his father had to be hospitalized for an eye operation.
"He's 74 and been sick a long time," Sills said. "He's been blind for 12 years, has had a heart attack, has diabetes and recently had a stroke," Sills said. "I thought about going home when I heard he had been hospitalized again. But I had been there for a month and a half and don't know what I could do there. He was going home today."
Sills started the second round five shots behind Mudd and Stills after their 65s Thursday. He started out with a birdie at No. 2 and an eagle 3 at No. 3 when he placed a 3-wood shot 15 feet from the cup and made the putt. The rest of the way in, he had five more birdies and two bogeys.
Mudd was glum after missing a four-foot par putt at the final hole.
DeLuca, 26, a former Virginia PGA champ who works as a VIP host at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J., is not a tour regular after failing to graduate from PGA Tour Qualifying School in three tries.
"I think I should be playing out here," said DeLuca, who made this event Monday in a Middle Atlantic PGA qualifier. "I've played 12 tour events without a touring card and made 10 cuts . . . If I shoot in the 60s the next couple of days and stay in the hunt, there may be some sponsors who will give me a chance."