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PESKY PUTTS KEEP SLUMAN WITHIN REACH

Jeff Sluman missed a chance to turn the B.C. Open into a runaway.

Sluman left at least three birdie putts inches short and had consecutive bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes, but still shot a 67 Saturday to extend his lead to two strokes over Mike Sullivan with a 54-hole score of 198.Sluman, looking for his first PGA Tour victory since the 1988 PGA Championship, was at 17-under after 14 holes before his back-to-back bogeys on the par-71, 6,966-yard En-Joie Golf Club course.

A four-stroke lead would not have been insurmountable, but it would have required someone to match John Huston's season-best four-stroke comeback victory at the Doral-Ryder Open.

Sullivan began the day with a one-stroke deficit and had a birdie on the first hole to tie for the lead. But Sullivan, who has missed the cut in eight of his last 11 tournaments, bogeyed the next hole and was never able to regain the lost ground.

Brian Claar and defending champion Blaine McCallister moved into contention with rounds of 65. Claar was in third place at 12-under, while McCallister pulled into fourth at 11-under, where he was joined by Curt Byrum, Mike Hulbert and Robin Freeman.

Freeman, who began the day two strokes behind Sluman, moved to 13-under briefly after a birdie on No. 12. Two bogeys on the back nine dropped him into fourth place.

Sluman started the day by saving par on the first hole after hooking his drive into the rough. He followed with birdies on the second, fourth, sixth and eighth holes, and added two more on Nos. 11 and 12.

The 72-hole tournament concludes Sunday. The winner receives $162,000.

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In Lexington, Ky., Isao Aoki had an up-and-down round of 64 featuring eight birdies, an eagle and two three-putt bogeys that gave him a one-stroke lead Saturday after the second round of the Senior Tour Bank One Classic.

Aoki had the low round of the day for a 36-hole total of 133, leaving him one stroke in front of Jim Albus and Jimmy Powell, the first-day co-leaders.

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In Kent, Wash., Annika Sorenstam overcame some second-round jitters to shoot a 6-under-par 66 on Saturday and regain the lead at the $500,000 Safeco Classic.

Sorenstam birdied the 18th hole for a three-round total of 205 and a one-shot lead over Chris Johnson and Britain's Alison Nicholas.

Betsy King and Michelle Estill were two strokes back at 207, followed by Julie Inkster, Elaine Crosby and Vicki Fergon at 208. Inkster won the tournament at the 6,234-yard Meridian Valley Country Club course in 1988.