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HOCH PLAYS GUESSING GAME - AND PLAYS IT WELL

Scott Hoch says golf often is a matter of guesswork.

"Today, I guessed right quite a bit," he said Friday following an 8-under-par 64 that gave him a two-shot lead after two rounds of the Houston Open."It was just a well-played round. I didn't miss many greens. I hit a lot of good shots and took advantage of those shots. In this game, you're only as good as your next shot."

Hoch had six birdies and an eagle in getting to 132, 12-under par for two rounds over the Tournament Players Course at The Woodlands.

Willie Wood, who's been playing on the Nike tour this year after losing his PGA Tour card, was two shots back after a second-round 66.

Justin Leonard, a former University of Texas star, was at 136 after a 67 Friday, tying him with first-round leader Steve Rintoul, who added a 70 to an opening 66.

The lowest scores were put up early Friday, before the damp greens dried as the temperature topped 80 and a 20 mph breeze kicked up.

Hoch, whose best finish this year was a tie for seventh in the Masters, opened with consecutive birdies, dropped a 40-foot putt for birdie on No. 5, then made a 12-footer at No. 7 to turn at 4-under 32.

"It's just obvious when you're playing well," said Hoch, whose last win came more than a year ago at the Bob Hope Classic. "It's a snowball effect. And I guess when you're playing poorly, it's kind of the same thing too, just going the opposite way.

"I feel very fortunate to be where I am now."

Brian Kamm had a 66, Brett Ogle a 69 and John Cook a 70 in completing 36 holes at 7-under 137, five shots behind Hoch.

At Daytona Beach, Fla., Kris Tschetter, one of three players who shared the opening-round lead, shot a second-round, 5-under-par 67 Friday to pull two shots clear of the field in the $1.2 million Sprint Championships.

Closest to Tschetter's 36-hole score of 11-under-par 133 were Michelle McGann, who overcame a stumbling start to tie the tournament record with a 65, and Dawn Coe-Jones, who had a 68 over the 6,435-yard LPGA International course.

Former Utahn Val Skinner matched McGann's record-tying 65 and was alone at 136.

In Las Vegas, Jim Colbert, taking advantage of near pefect conditions on a course he knows well, didn't miss a green Friday in shooting a 7-under-par 65 and took a one-shot lead over defending champion Raymond Floyd and two others in the Las Vegas Senior Classic.

Colbert, a Las Vegas resident, had eight birdies and a lone bogey on the Tournament Players Club course at Summerlin, where he plays regularly when in town.

"It's one of the best rounds I've played," said Colbert, who is looking for his second tour win this year. "I never missed a fairway or a green."

Joining Floyd a shot back at 66 were rebounding Jerry McGee and Bob Murphy. Jim Dent was at 67, while Chi Chi Rodriguez and Jay Sigel were another shot back at 68.