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HOME-COURSE ADVANTAGE GIVES WIEBE LEAD

On the verge of losing his PGA Tour card, Mark Wiebe found that nothing beats local knowledge. Or a couple of 45-foot eagle putts.

Wiebe, who lives in the nearby Cherry Hills area in suburban Denver, had two eagles and four birdies at Castle Pines Golf Club to charge into the second-round lead Friday in the International."If there's such a thing as home-course advantage, then, yes, I have one here," Wiebe said. "I've spent some time here, and the people have been really gracious about letting me play. I practiced here for four days last week."

Wiebe had the day's best round - 15 points based on the modified Stableford scoring system used in this tournament - for a 36-hole total of 23 points and a 4-point lead over Lee Janzen and rookie David Duval.

First-round leader Ernie Els, Greg Norman and Davis Love III were tied at 17 points, Brett Ogle had 16, and Tom Watson was in a group at 15. Defending champion Steve Lowery missed the cut at minus-3.

Because exactly 72 players advance to Saturday's third round, 11 players competed for the final seven spots in a playoff.

Wiebe, a two-time winner on tour, slumped to 233rd on the money list last year and stands just 194th this year, having won only $42,847 in 16 events. He had reconstructive shoulder surgery in 1994 and his medical exemption runs out this year.

"I have to make about $100,000 in the next four weeks," he said.

At Jericho, N.Y., John Paul Cain sank a 90-foot eagle putt on the opening hole on the way to a 7-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead over Tony Jacklin after Friday's first round of the Northville Long Island Classic.

Jacklin, in his second year on the over-50 tour, was a shot better than Lee Trevino and Bud Allin and two ahead of Mike Joyce, Jim Albus, Jay Sigel, Larry Gilbert and Ben Smith. At 69 were Bob Murphy, Larry Laoretti, Dave Eichelberger and Heber's Bruce Summerhays.

Cain, a stockbroker for 33 years, had been splitting time between golf and his business since joining the Senior PGA Tour four years ago.

At Woburn, England, Karrie Webb, a 20-year-old Australian who turned pro only 10 months ago, shot a 3-under-par 70 Friday and took a one-stroke lead over compatriot Mardi Lunn and England's Caroline Pierce after two rounds of the British Women's Open.

Webb had a total of 7-under 139. Pierce also had a 70, while Lunn carded a 67, putting them at 140.