Scotsmen Bill Longmuir and Sam Torrance shared the lead after two rounds of the British Masters yesterday in Woburn, England, with scores of 134, but the drama was provided by two-time U.S. Masters champion Nick Faldo.
Faldo, the defending champion, sank 18-foot putts on the final two greens to survive the 36-hole cut.
Torrance shot a six-under-par 66 in the second round and Longmuir had a 67. Four golfers were a stroke back at 135.
Faldo was three over through 16 holes, knowing that the cut would come at par. The last time he failed to play the last two rounds was at the Irish Open in 1986.
Moments after Torrance birdied the 18th to join Longmuir in the lead, Faldo crushed a 2-iron nearly 240 yards onto the green and his curling putt dropped into the hole.
"I was cruising along thinking about what I was going to do for the next two days," Faldo said.
He flies to the United States Monday for the U.S. Open, the second leg of his Grand Slam bid. He conceded it was tempting to avoid playing two more rounds on a bouncy course he doesn't like.
"But I have never tried to miss a cut in my life," he said.
Lady Keystone Open:
Stephanie Farwig, Kate Rogerson and Mary Beth Zimmerman shot five-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead in the LPGA tournament in Hershey, Pa.
Diane Heinicke-Rauch, Caroline Pierce and Cathy Marino were tied at 68 on the 6,348-yard course at Hershey County Club.
Betsy King, last year's leading money-winner, joined four others -- Laurel Kean, Danielle Ammaccapane, Marci Bozarth and Marianne Morris -- at 69.
Farwig and Rogerson have never won a tour event and Zimmerman hasn't won since 1987. Farwig birdied six of the last 12 holes to storm into a tie for the lead.
Former champion Amy Alcott, Kathy Postlewait, Patty Jordan and Cathy Gerring are at 70. Pat Bradley, this year's top money-winner, shot 72. Defending champion Laura Davies carded 73.
In Scarborough, N.Y., Dick Rhyan, who had only one top-10 finish in 41 tournaments on the Senior PGA Tour last year, shot a seven-under-par 63, tying the course record for the first-round lead in the $350,000 tournament at the 6,545-yard Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
Rhyan, 55, had seven birdies and no bogeys in taking a one-stroke lead over Jimmy Powell in the 54-hole competition. Powell bogeyed the opening hole but then shot seven birdies.
"I was never in danger of a bogey," Rhyan said. "It was a relatively easy round."
Gary Player is third with a 65, followed by Lee Trevino, who has four Senior Tour victories, with a 66.