Chris Perry, who set the Nike Tour earnings record last year, and Mike Hulbert, the PGA Tour’s only onehanded putter, shared the lead midway through the Buick Classic at Harrison, N.Y.
Perry lost his PGA Tour playing card in 1993 but got it back by winning $167,148 on the Nike Tour. The 35-year-old son of former major-league pitcher Jim Perry and nephew of Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry had six birdies in a 4-underpar 67 that gave him a 36-hole total of 136.
Hulbert, who has only his right hand on the club when he putts, had a second 68 over the 6,779-yard Westchester Country Club.
At Malvern, Pa., J.C. Snead had an eagle 2 in an opening-round 4-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead at the Senior PGA’s Bell Atlantic Classic.
Dave Stockton, Isao Aoki, Jim Colbert and former PGA commissioner Deane Beaman were at 68, while defending champion Lee Trevino was another stroke back on a raw, overcast day at the Chester Valley Country Club.
Jack Nicklaus struggled in his opening round, recording three bogeys and one birdie to finish with a 72.
At Albuquerque, N.M., after a second straight round of even-par 72, Tiger Woods, the 19-year-old Stanford freshman, complained that the Championship Course, among the longest on the collegiate tour, was handcuffing his powerful game.
“I don’t like the way the tees have been set up,” said Woods, whose mammoth drives have really taken off in Albuquerque’s mile-high altitude. “They’re (tees) too far up, to the point where it takes my driver out of play. I can’t hit a driver on a lot of the holes.”
Woods’ two-day total of 144 left him seven shots behind leader Mike Sauer of New Mexico going into today’s finale.
The day, instead, belonged to one of Woods’ playing partners, 5-foot-7, 140-pound New Mexico freshman Rob McMillan. Despite being outdriven by 50 to 100 yards all day by the lanky Woods, McMillan finessed his way to a 6-under 66 and pushed New Mexico to the top of the team standings.
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