Under a blazing Texas sun and flogged by gusting winds, Rocco Mediate fired a 4-under-par 66 Friday and caught Wayne Levi at the midway point of the golden anniversary MasterCard Colonial.
"I've got a new body and a new swing and . . . I'm estatic," proclaimed Mediate, 33, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour who is rebounding from back surgery."I enjoy the game more now than I ever did."
Levi, the 1990 PGA player of the year but a non-winner since, had a 68 and clung to a share of the lead at 134, six under par for two trips around the majestic old Colonial Country Club course.
"The wind's blowing even harder than yesterday," he declared.
Former University of Texas player Omar Uresti eagled both par-5s en route to a bizarre 69 that left him a shot behind the leaders and a stroke ahead of seven players at 136.
That group included first-round co-leader Jeff Gallagher, who matched par at 70, and Tommy Tolles, whose sizzling 64 was the low score of the tournament.
"It's a lot scarier out there than it should be," Tolles said. "The wind is wreaking havoc."
PGA meteorologists measured the winds at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40. Coupled with 95-degree temperatures, "Hogan's Alley" was a tough track Friday.
Among those at 136 were Scott Verplank , Emlyn Aubrey Jeff Sluman , Corey Pavin and Craig Stadler, who once got to seven under before stumbling in with a 68.
Fred Couples, Gil Morgan and Curtis Strange fashioned 67s and headed a group at 137, three off the lead.
Hometown favorite Mark Brooks , Tom Kite Lanny Wadkins and Payne Stewart remained in the hunt at 138. But defending champion Tom Lehman failed to make the 144 cut after a 70-75-145.
NFL Seniors Classic
CLIFTON, N.J. - Bob Murphy birdied the first five holes en route to a course-record 10-under-par 62 and a five-stroke lead after Friday's opening round of the $950,000 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic.
The 62 matched the lowest score on the Senior PGA Tour this year and the 10-under was the lowest below par figure this year. The five-shot lead over Lee Trevino and Tommy Aaron was also the largest after an opening round this year.
Murphy had nine birdies, holed an 8-iron from 134 yards for an eagle on No. 16 and had one bogey on the 6,816-yard Upper Montclair Country Club course in matching his best competitive score.
And as good as the round was, it could have been better as Murphy just missed a 7-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th.
Tom Wargo and Jackie Kiefer, who owns a driving range in Newton, about 30 miles away, were six shots off the lead.
Cadillac NFL Classic
CLIFTON, N.J. - Baltimore Ravens tight end Brian Kinchen shot a 1-under-par 71 Friday to lead a group of 12 qualifiers into the championship round of the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic.
Kinchen birdied the par-5 18th hole to finish with the only sub-par round among the 26 current and former NFL players who were trying to advance to Saturday's championship round at the Upper Montclair Country Club.
The 12 players who advanced to the final round included the three-time defending champion, placekicker Al DelGreco of the Houston Oilers. They will play a new 18-hole competition Saturday with the medalist winning the championship.
DelGreco, who won last year's tournament in a one-hole playoff with Browning Nagle, qualified for Saturday's championship with a 77.
Tampa Bay quarterback Troy Dilfer shot a 73 and Buffalo Bills punter Chris Mohr a 74, while Green Bay punter Craig Hentrich and Ravens quarterback Eric Zeir shot 76s.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ty Detmer joined DelGreco at 77 while other qualifiers included Denver quarterback John Elway and New York Giants cornerback Phillippi Sparks at 78.
Benson & Hedges International
THAME, England - Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain kept his lead after two rounds of the wind-chilled Benson and Hedges International, shooting a 2-under-par 70 Friday for a 138 total.
Two shots behind Jimenez were Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Jon Robson.
Cold, windy weather sent scores soaring.
Robson, who has never won on the European tour and has missed seven of 10 cuts this year, had his second straight 70. Montgomerie, the three-time defending European money leader, shot a 68, and Langer, an eight-time Ryder Cup star, had 71.
Jimenez and Montgomerie squared off in far different conditions two months ago in the Dubai Desert Classic. Jimenez led from the start, losing by one stroke on the final hole to Montgomerie.
Now they figure to duel over the next two damp days at the Oxfordshire club, a 7,205-yard American-style layout with lots of sand and water and few trees to break the wind. Friday's windchill was again near freezing with off-and-on sprinkles, which yielded only four rounds under 70.