Kirk Triplett birdied six of his first 10 holes Friday en route to a 7-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead after two rounds of the $1.5 million Greater Greensboro Open.
Triplett, who has finished second three times in six seasons on the PGA Tour, had a two-round total of 11-under-par 133, one shot off the midway mark set in 1986 by Sandy Lyle over the 6,958-yard Forest Oaks Country Club course"I was at the hotel this morning and the wind was blowing pretty hard. My hotel is kind of on top of a hill, and driving out here I thought it was going to be a pretty tough day," Triplett said. "I thought the greens would really be getting firm.
"But I saw some reasonable scores in the morning and, getting off to a fast start like I did, I was thinking low numbers all the way."
Peter Jacobsen, second on the money list and the only multiple winner this season after 15 events, was one stroke back at 10-under 134 after a 65. His round was buoyed by two chip-in birdies from sand traps.
"That's the kind of stuff you dream about," Jacobsen said of his sand shots on Nos. 13 and 16.
The wind kicked up early after a calm day Thursday when 37 players shot in the 60s, but scores didn't suffer much as Jeff Sluman added a 65 and Brad Bryant and John Adams had 66s.
At La Quinta, Calif., Charles Coody and Dale Douglass combined for a 9-under-par 63 to take the opening-round lead in the $1,105,000 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on Friday
The team of Lee Trevino and Dave Hill tied Chi Chi Rodriguez and Jim Dent at 64 over the 6,843 yard Stadium Course at PGA West.
The teams of Gibby Gilbert and J.C. Snead, Bob Murphy and Jim Colbert and Al Gieberger and Dave Stockton each had 65s.
The Legends format features 20 teams of players aged 50 to 59 playing for pieces of an $872,000 purse. Twelve teams of players aged 60 to 69 are in the Legendary field, which is competing for a purse of $143,000 in a two-day event, and the 70-and-over group features eight teams competing for $90,000.
At Stockbridge, Ga., Laura Davies reached two par-5s in two and a par-4 in one shot Friday, highlighting a 5-under-par 67 that was worth a share of the first-round lead with Kristi Albers and Kelly Robbins in the rain-delayed LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.
Davies, who leads the women's tour with a 268-yard driving average, two-putted three times for birdie. Robbins, the second-longest hitter on the tour at 262 per swing, had two two-putt birdies.