Meg Mallon shot the second-lowest score in LPGA Tour history yesterday, completing a 10-under-par 60 in the second round of the Welch's-Fry's Classic in Tucson.
Mallon left an 18-foot, downhill birdie attempt about 31/2 feet short on the last hole, squandering a chance to match the LPGA record of 59 recorded by Annika Sorenstam in Phoenix two years ago.
"It's funny saying you're disappointed to shoot 60, but when you get that close, it's pretty exciting," Mallon said.
Mallon started on the back nine of the cozy, 6,176-yard Dell Urich municipal course and birdied Nos. 10, 12-14 and 16 for a 30. On her back nine, Mallon made birdies at Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8.
On her 16th hole, the seventh, Mallon's six-foot birdie putt curled away. She reached 10 under for the round and 16 under for the tournament on the next hole with a 12-foot birdie putt that barely reached the cup.
Mallon opened a three-shot lead over first-round leader Lorie Kane, Wendy Doolan and Young Kim.
* PGA TOUR: Although it might seem unfamiliar, Notah Begay III felt right at home atop the leader board at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Begay shot a 5-under 67 in the second round to take a share of the lead with David Peoples at 14-under 130 when play was suspended because of darkness.
Begay is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour who also played on Stanford's 1994 national championship team. But after finishing the 2000 season ranked 20th on the money list, he battled back problems for two years, and he didn't lead a tournament heading into the weekend until yesterday.
"It's just a symbolic accomplishment for me, knowing that I've bested the field the first two days, and going into the weekend I have a real great opportunity to win the golf tournament," Begay said. "It's just a matter of maintaining position, staying focused and reassuring myself that all the ills and the pain, mentally and physically, that I've dealt with over the last couple of years is in the past."
Davis Love III, the only player in the tournament who's among the top 10 in the world rankings, heads a long list of golfers within striking distance of the lead. Love (65), Tom Byrum (64) and Esteban Toledo (67) were 13 under.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Early starter Gil Morgan avoided the afternoon wind that kept scores high and shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the SBC Classic in Santa Clarita, Calif. John Schroeder, who almost pulled out of the tournament because he felt sick in the morning, one-putted his last six holes to finish a stroke back.