PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman shot a 4-under-par 66 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead over Arnold Palmer and Gary Player after the second round of the Seniors British Open in Turnberry, Scotland.
Beman, who retired 16 years ago from the tour he now runs, is at 133. Palmer, who shot a 68 after tying for the opening-round lead with a 66, is seeking to win a tournament in a fifth decade. Palmer, 60, defeated Beman in a playoff for the Bob Hope Desert Classic in 1968.
"He must have a nice job to take six weeks off to practice," a smiling Palmer said of Beman, amid a golf holiday. "Seriously, though, he has an infallible putting stroke and I think it's great that he is up there."
Beman, 52, said his "game is stuck together by chewing gum and rubber bands."
The day's best round, 65, was turned in by Player.
Buick Open: Hale Irwin and Don Pooley are tied at 12-under 132 and lead by two midway through the PGA Tour event in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Irwin and Ken Green shot 63s, tying the tournament record on the 7,014-yard Warwick Hills course. Pooley shot 65.
Green birdied seven straight holes, Nos. 4-10, one shy of the tour record shared by many.
"I goosed Number 11. I got ahead of myself," Green said. "That's what happens when you start thinking."
Green is at 134 with Mike Donald, Billy Andrade and Mike Sullivan.
Newport Cup: Rain postponed the opening round of the PGA Seniors event in Newport, R.I., reducing it from 54 holes to 36.