Nick Faldo of Britain and American Hale Irwin, the top two seeds, both lost yesterday in the second round of the World Matchplay golf championship in Wentworth, England.

Faldo, the defending champion, fought back from five holes down to draw even before losing, 2 and 1, to American Chip Beck. Faldo said he will take five weeks off to rest his injured left wrist.

Irwin, the U.S. Open champion and winner of this title in 1974 and 1975, was routed, 6 and 4, by Zimbabwean Mark McNulty.

Greg Norman, the third seed, beat PGA champion Wayne Grady, a fellow Australian, on the second playoff hole.

Ian Woosnam of Britain, the fourth seed, won by 5 and 4 over compatriot Ronan Rafferty, who Thursday beat Seve Ballesteros.

In today's semifinals, Norman will play McNulty, and Beck will meet Woosnam, although Woosnam might not play because he strained his groin during the match.

Faldo, the Masters and British Open champion, played well for six holes but then bogeyed six of the next nine as Beck took a four-hole lead.

Beck won the first hole of the afternoon but then Faldo fought back to square the match at the 10th.

"I sneaked a couple and he opened the door a couple of times. I thought I could start again at that point but he won the next two holes," Faldo said.

Faldo got one back at the 13th and halved the next three but he accepted defeat when Beck birdied the 17th.

Irwin, whose victory at age 45 in June made him the oldest winner of the U.S. Open, was making his eighth appearance in this tournament but his first since 1983.

"Mark kept the ball in play and his putting was impressive. I'm only sorry not to have done better," he said.

B.C. Open: In Endicott, N.Y., Nolan Henke matched the PGA's best 36-hole score of the season with a 12-under-par 130, making five consecutive birdies on the way to a 64 and a two-stroke lead.

His putting allowed him to overtake Jim Hallet, who shot his second straight 66 for a two-day total of 132.

"I wasn't hitting too bad in the beginning," Henke said, "but I was missing the putts left or right. I got a little stretch where they all dropped."

Doug Tewell shot a 64 and was at 135, five strokes behind Henke. Robert Wrenn was at 136 after a 68 and five golfers were at 137.


Rives McBee, a two-time winner this year, shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Crestar PGA Senior Golf Classic in Richmond.

"The two events I won I led after the first round," said McBee, 10th in earnings on the Senior Tour this year. He had six birdies in a bogey-free round over the 6,644-yard Hermitage Country Club course.

South African Gary Player shot a 67 with six birdies and one bogey to earn the No. 2 spot heading into the second round today, when rain is forecast.


Jill Briles shot the best round of her five pro seasons, a 6-under-par 66, to tie defending champion Nancy Lopez and Caroline Keggi after the second round of the MBS Classic in Buena Park, Calif.

Briles, Lopez and Keggi were at 5-under 139 after 36 holes. Keggi shot a 69 and Lopez a 70.

Pat Bradley had the day's second-best round, a 68, to tie Cindy Rarick one shot back of the leaders. Rarick had her second consecutive 70.

PGA Cup Matches:

On Kiawah Island, S.C., Bruce Fleisher and Phillip Hancock started the day with a 7 and 6 victory, leading the U.S. team to a 6 1/2-1 1/2 edge over the Europeans after the first day of play at Turtle Point Golf Club.

Fleisher and Hancock defeated Brian Waites of England and John Woof of the Netherlands.

Senior Women:

In Modesto, Calif., defending champion Anne Sander shot a 1-under-par 71 to overcome a five-stroke deficit and tie Marlene Streit and force a playoff for the 29th U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championip.


David Feherty of Ireland struggled to a par 72 in winds that blew golf balls to the edge of greens, and held onto the lead after the second round of the BMW Classic in Munich.

He had a 62 in the first round for a total of 134, 10-under-par, two shots ahead of American Paul Azinger.