Dave Stockton Jr. shot a 4-under-par 66 for the second straight day to take a one-stroke lead in the second round of the Greater Hartford Open on Friday.
Stockton, whose father won the GHO in 1974 and is currently leading after the second round of the PGA Seniors Championship at Dearborn, Mich., had a bogey and five birdies to finish 36 holes at 8-under-par 132.David Frost shot a 68 for 133 and sole possession of second. He was 7-under after 12 holes, but missed a chance to tie Stockton when he double bogeyed No. 4.
Five golfers were at 134, including Greg Norman, who shot a bogey-free 65. Also at 6-under were David Toms, Ted Tryba, Wayne Levi and former BYU golfer Mike Reid.
Tryba was the only other golfer at 8-under Friday after an eagle at No. 13, but he fell back with a double bogey four holes later.
At 135 were Doug Tewell and Kenny Perry, and the group at 136 featured John Daly and Fuzzy Zoeller, who tied a course record with a 64.
Rain fell off and on throughout the day, changing conditions over the 6,820-yard Tournament Players Club at River Highlands significantly from the first round, which was played under sunny skies. The round was not delayed.
Stockton, in his first year on the PGA Tour, has missed the cut in 16 tournaments and hasn't placed higher than 30th in the other six. Last year, he earned $64,214 to place 23rd on the Nike Tour.
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At Dearborn, Mich., Friday was quite a day for the Stockton family.
Dave Stockton fired his second straight 6-under-par 66 Friday to build a three-stroke lead midway through the Senior Players Championship at the TPC of Michigan.
Meanwhile, Dave Stockton, Jr., a rookie on the PGA Tour, fired his second straight 66 to lead the field by a stroke in the Greater Hartford Open.
"I called Junior this morning and some of the TV guys told me how he was doing," said the visibly proud senior Stockton. "But I couldn't think about him while I was playing, not on this course."
Steady rain and varying winds made the TPC more challenging and pushed scores a bit higher than Thursday when 43 golfers broke par.
Stockton, at 12-under 132 for the tournament, holds a three-stroke lead over Lee Trevino, who shot a 69 for a two-day total of 135.
At 8-under 136 were first-day leader Tom Weiskopf, who had a 71 on Friday, Jim Albus, who shot 69, and Harold Henning, who had a 67.
Isao Aoki shot 70 and Bob Murphy a 68 to complete 36 holes at 7-under.
Mike Hill, who started the day one stroke behind Weiskopf, suffered back spasms on the back nine Friday and finished with a 4-over 76. He's at 142.
Raymond Floyd and Jack Nicklaus remained in the hunt at 4-under 140. Floyd, despite missing several close-range birdie putts, finished with a 68. Nicklaus was even-par 72.
Arnold Palmer, with a 76, was at 149 and Gary Player was at 143 after a 72.
"It was a rough day," said Stockton, who has shot eight straight sub-70 rounds. "You had to be very careful with your iron shots. Really, we're very lucky to be able to play today. There was water everywhere."
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At Somers Point, N.J., Missie McGeorge shot a 5-under-par 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over eight golfers after the opening round of the $500,000 ShopRite LPGA Classic.
McGeorge led a tournament-record 33 players who came in under par at the 6,235-yard, par-71 Greate Bay Country Club course.