Gregory Havret played the kind of golf worthy of his audience yesterday in the Scottish Open in Luss.
With course architect Tom Weiskopf in his group and Prince Andrew following along, Havret made an eagle and three birdies over the final six holes for a 7-under 64, giving the 27-year-old Frenchman a one-shot lead at Loch Lomond.
Havret was at 9-under 133 going into a weekend that will not include Phil Mickelson.
The Masters champion shot an even-par 71 to finish at 1-over 143 and miss the cut. Not the slightest bit disturbed, the 34-year-old American said he will spend the next two days at Royal Troon getting ready for the British Open.
Havret would love to join him.
The top player from Loch Lomond not already eligible gets into the British Open, so this is Havret's last chance to play golf's oldest championship for the first time.
David Howell also shot 64, making three straight birdies at the start and finish of his front-nine 30. He was at 134 along with Phillip Price (69) and Ian Poulter (67), who has not made a bogey in two rounds.
Another shot back was a group that included Tom Lehman (68) and Thomas Bjorn, the two-time Ryder Cup player who walked off the course last week in Ireland with his confidence shattered.
* CHAMPIONS: Gary McCord, better known as a TV golf analyst than an occasional player on the Champions Tour, surged into the lead at the Senior Players Championship in Dearborn, Mich., with an 8-under 64.
He was then caught by Jose Maria Canizares, whose 66 also put him at 10 under at one of the senior tour's five majors.
* PGA: Jose Coceres waited out a lengthy rain delay and played into fading daylight, taking a one-shot lead before play was suspended in the second round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
The 40-year-old Argentine was 2 under through 11 holes for the round and was 11 under overall when play was halted because of lightning. About half of the field was to come back and finish this morning before the start of the third round.
* LPGA: Meg Mallon was resilient -- overcoming a shot that struck a tree branch and led to one of her two bogeys -- in a 2-under 70 that kept her in the lead after the second round of the Canadian Women's Open in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Mallon, coming off last week's win at the U.S. Women's Open, was at 9-under 135, a stroke ahead of Lorena Ochoa, who had a second-round 67. Defending champion Beth Daniel (68), Gloria Park (70), Dawn Coe-Jones (69) and rookie Aree Song (66) were tied for third at 137, a stroke ahead of Nancy Scranton, who had a second-round 69.