About the only thing Fred Funk and Zach Johnson have in common is the lead at the Buick Championship.
Ryder Cup member Funk is a 16-year PGA Tour veteran with five wins, while Johnson is a rookie with one title. Each used accurate shots and very few mistakes to share a one-stroke and will be paired together in today's third round in Cromwell, Conn.
It's not their first pairing. They played with Jack Nicklaus at the Memorial in May. That's where Funk realized that Johnson is no ordinary rookie.
"They're just so much more seasoned than when I came out on tour," Funk said. "They're not scared of anything. Sometimes their minds get in the way, but I don't see Zach as one of those players. He just has the total game."
Johnson shot a 5-under-par 65 and Funk had a 4-under 66 to move to 8-under 132 for the tournament, one better than Hank Kuehne (65). First-round leader Corey Pavin and Jose Coceres were two strokes back, and a group of six golfers were three strokes behind the leaders.
Johnson, the Nationwide Tour player of the year in 2003, won the BellSouth Classic in March for his first PGA Tour title. He hit all 14 fairways and had seven one-putts in the round yesterday. After two days, he's been the most accurate in the tournament, hitting 27 of 28 fairways.
"Any time you start hitting your driver well, 3-wood well off the tee box, you feel like you can do something," Johnson said.
* LPGA TOUR: Jill McGill shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the Wachovia Classic in Kutztown, Pa.
McGill, a nine-year tour veteran looking for her first victory, birdied six of seven holes from the eighth through 14th for a tournament 36-hole record 14-under 130, four strokes better than the previous mark set by Moira Dunn in 2001.
Soo Yun Kang (66) and Suzann Pettersen (63) were three strokes back at 11-under 133. Shi Hyun Ahn (67) and Grace Park (66) are another stroke back at 10 under.
McGill, 32, has tried to put less pressure on herself, keeping her life and golf in perspective.
"A lot of my friends have kids now, and you just kind of realize that, you know what, stuff isn't so big," she said after joking about job-hunting at fast-food restaurants. "You see them with their kids and you just realize that [golf] is not the end-all.
"As long as you're enjoying yourself and trying, that's all you can ask for."
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Peter Jacobsen leads the tournament he helped bring to his home state.
Jacobsen shot an 6-under 66 at the Tradition to move to 9 under, one stroke ahead of Bruce Lietzke, after two rounds of the tour's last major of the year in Aloha, Ore.
Jacobsen was instrumental in relocating the Tradition to the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club last year, but he wasn't able to play the inaugural event because at 49 he was too young.
Now, as a rookie on the Champions Tour, Jacobsen already has a major -- he won the U.S. Senior Open in St. Louis.
"It feels right," he said after his round yesterday. "It feels like that is what I should be doing."
Lietzke had a 67 for an 8 under heading into the third round, where he'll be paired with Jacobsen.
"All I can do is react to Peter, and I know what he's like to play with on a golf course," Lietzke said. "He's outstanding."
* EUROPEAN TOUR: Miguel Angel Jimenez's 66 gave the Spaniard a one-shot lead at the BMW International Open in Nord Eichenried, Germany, where European players are in a last-minute scramble to make the Ryder Cup team.
Four Ryder Cup berths and two captain's picks are up for grabs at the final qualifying event to make the 12-man team that will play the Americans at Michigan's Oakland Hills Sept. 17-19.
"We're all trying to prove we're the man to pick or make the team. I think it's impossible not to have the Ryder Cup on your mind," said Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, one of at least a dozen candidates.
Jimenez, who's already clinched his second Ryder Cup appearance, posted a two-day total of 10-under 134, a shot better David Lynn.
Jacobson shared the day's best round of 65 and was two strokes off the lead at 136, along with Austria's Markus Brier. Jacobson is Europe's fourth highest ranked player in the world, but probably needs a top-three finish or captain's pick to vault onto the European team.