WILLIAMSBURG, JULY 10 -- Tim Simpson, the "other" Simpson on the PGA Tour, birdied four straight holes on his opening nine and finished with 65 today for a 36-hole total of 10-under-par 132 for the halfway lead in the tour's Anheuser-Busch Classic at Kingsmill.

Simpson, no relation to U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson -- who barely made the cut here with par 71 for 142 -- started the day two shots off the lead. He fell further back with a bogey on his second hole and then went on his birdie run to complete his opening nine in 3-under-par 32.

Swinging around his final nine (the course's front side), Simpson just missed a hole-in-one in birdieing No. 5 and followed that with his two final birdies of the day. One stroke behind at 133 were first-round coleader Tom Sieckmann (68 today), Scott Hoch (66) and John Cook (67).

At 134 were first-day coleader Mark McCumber (69), veteran Dave Eichelberger (68) and Steve Pate (66).

Simpson said he started playing well during the June U.S. Open, when he came up with a solution to poor putting.

"Believe it or not, it came to me in a dream," said Simpson, who reckoned he is now putting "better than I ever have in 11 years on tour."

Simpson would not divulge his secret because other pros might use it, but said it "relates to the mental aspects and not mechanics of putting."

He said that because of the heat and humidity, with two holes to go he started getting shaky, as his low blood sugar condition sometimes causes him to do. Simpson drank four cups of water and finished with two straight pars.

Hoch, who had several putts spin around the hole and out during his round, chipped into the hole from 25 feet on the ninth hole (his last) for his fifth birdie. Winner of the Vardon Trophy last year with a 70.08 average, Hoch has had disappointing finishes this year.

He owned a four-shot lead heading to the final round at the prestigious Memorial, but shot 78 the final day and tied for third. At the Kemper Open at TPC at Avenel in Potomac, Md., he was one shot off the lead after an opening 65 but shot 72 and 75 on the weekend and tied for ninth.

"It has not been a good year for me on Saturday and Sunday," said Hoch, who said part of the reason is nagging shoulder and left thumb injuries, which have bothered him late in some tournaments. "I thought it {the Memorial} was my tournament. If I lead by that many strokes again, I will not take it for granted," said Hoch, who also finished third in the 1984 Kemper at Congressional.

Former University of Maryland player George Burns replicated an opening 70 and made the cut with two strokes to spare at 140. Burns sank a long putt on his ninth hole, then on his way to the next tee had a friend lift him up to help ease a sore back, before continuing.

Host pro Curtis Strange had an upset stomach in midround but made the cut with 72 -- 142. Defending champion Fuzzy Zoeller missed, 71 -- 143. Wheeler Stewart, head pro at Belle Haven in Alexandria, Va., shot 2-under-par 69 but missed at 145. He hurt his chances by shooting 41 on his opening nine Thursday.

Naval Academy golf coach Larry Ringer, Middle Atlantic PGA champion, missed with 75 -- 149. So did Steve Bosdosh of TPC at Avenel, 72 -- 150.