Greg Kraft doesn't need a five-round tournament such as the Bob Hope Classic to realize there's a long way to go before the winner's check is cut.

He at least stayed in position yesterday for another chance at his first official PGA Tour victory, posting his second straight 7-under 65 on another sun-baked day in the desert for a one-stroke lead through 36 holes in Bermuda Dunes, Calif.

Kraft, who led in the final round at Doral and at the Colonial last year only to finish second both times, played a bogey-free round at Indian Wells and was at 14-under 130.

"I know 14 under is not going to win," Kraft said. "I have to keep making birdies. I need to play to my strengths and practice on my weaknesses, wait until Sunday and see what I can do and what can happen."

In the Hope Classic, that can mean just about anything--like a 59, which is what David Duval rung up last year to win on the final day. Despite calm conditions, no one has come close to that.

At least not yet.

Brent Geiberger birdied the last six holes for the best score of the week, an 11-under 61 at Indian Wells. That put him at 13 under, along with Rich Beem and Andrew Magee.

Beem, a former cellular phone salesman who won the Kemper Open last year, had a 63 at PGA West. Magee had a 65 at Indian Wells, the easiest of the four courses in the rotation, and was at 13-under 131.

Through two rounds, the 128 pros have accounted for 1,179 birdies and 34 eagles. Only nine players remain over par, including John Daly and Arnold Palmer.

* LPGA: Defending champion Meg Mallon picked up right where she left off last year, shooting an 8-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the $850,000 Memorial of Naples (Fla.) tournament.

Mallon did well despite playing in the afternoon, when the wind became more of a factor.

"I looked up at the board on No. 18 and everybody was finished on the leader board, so obviously it was all from the morning," said Mallon, who played with Kelly Robbins and Donna Andrews. "I said to Kelly and Donna, 'Was it that hard of an afternoon?' They said, 'Yes, it was.'

"It was just one of those zones you're in where you're not affected by anything."

Mallon led Nanci Bowen, who was bedridden with vertigo-like symptoms on Monday, and 22-year-old Colombian Marisa Baena, by one stroke. Nancy Scranton and rookie Jen Hanna were two shots back, and Chris Johnson was three behind.

CAPTION: Despite losing ball in a waterfall on the 18th, Greg Kraft posts his second straight 7-under 65 for a 1-shot lead at the Bob Hope Classic.