Jay Williamson tore through the front nine for the second day in a row and Scott McCarron dominated the back nine as the two upstarts remained atop the leaderboard Friday at the midway point of the Kemper Open.
Gil Morgan, Larry Mize, John Daly and Mark O'Meara gave chase, but no one could catch the two leaders, who became good friends as rookies on the PGA Tour last year and will play together in the last group today."I'm just trying to chase him," said Williamson, who is 186th on the money list and has missed five of eight cuts. "That's what I was doing today. He chased me for a while; he got ahead of me and I'm trying to chase him. Hopefully we can do that the rest of the weekend. That'd be something I'd never forget."
McCarron eagled the par-5 6th and birdied five of his last 10 holes for a 5-under-par 66 and a 132 total at the TPC at Avenel course. Williamson shot a 31 on the front nine for the second straight day, but lost a stroke on the back nine to finish with a 67, one shot off the lead.
The 49-year-old Morgan, seeking to become the oldest player to win a tour event in 21 years, equaled the best round of the tournament - a 65 - to improve to seven under, three strokes off the lead. He's tied with Mize, who had a 67.
Daly, using his new, virtually loft-free 0-iron, rallied to finish with three birdies for a 67 and 136 total. He and O'Meara are tied with Brian Claar , Chris Perry , Mike Sullivan and David Toms .
PGA Volvo Championship
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Masters champion Nick Faldo shot a 5-under-par 67 to take the first-round lead Friday in the $1.5 million Volvo PGA Championship.
Battling heavy rain at the Wentworth course, Faldo collected six birdies and an eagle to go with three bogeys. He held a one-shot lead over England's Paul Curry and Zimbabwe's Mark McNulty.
Faldo, who has won the tournament a record four times, closed with an eagle three at the 502-yard 18th after hitting his second shot to within 2 feet of the flag.
Costantino Rocca of Italy, Ignacio Garrido of Spain and Australia's Robert Allenby all had 69s and were two strokes off the lead.
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, the leading money winner on the European tour the last three years, struggled to a 1-over-par 73. Also at 73 was defending champion Bernhard Langer.
LPGA Corning Classic
CORNING, N.Y. - Rosie Jones shot a 3-under-par 69 Friday and moved into a three-stroke lead over of a group of four that included Patty Sheehan in the $600,000 Corning Classic.
Jones, who started the day one shot behind leader Amy Benz, made three birdies and dropped a 25-foot chip for eagle on the par-5 5th and was at 8-under 136 for 36 holes.
Going off the 10th tee, Jones moved to seven under with birdies on 16 and 17 but made a bogey on No. 1. She remained there until nailing the eagle. Jones hit only four greens in regulation, but needed only 19 putts during her round.
Jones, who shot a career-best 64 at Corning in 1987, is looking for her seventh victory since joining the LPGA Tour in 1982. She finished in a tie for fifth at Corning last year.
Sheehan shot a 68 and was with Barb Mucha, Liselotte Neumann and Chris Johnson at five under. Sheehan, the 1983 Corning champion, would have moved closer to the lead but was hampered by poor putting.
The hilly 6,062-yard course at Corning Country Club did not yield as many low scores as it did Thursday, when 45 players broke par.
BellSouth Senior Classic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Isao Aoki sank eight birdies on fast greens for an 8-under-par 64 and a two-stroke lead Friday after the first round of the $1.2 million BellSouth Senior Classic.
Aoki led a low-scoring pack by making four birdies on each side to finish ahead of Dick Rhyan and Jay Sigel, who each shot 66. Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino and Tom Wargo were tied at 5-under, and nine others stood at 4-under.
"Very happy with 64, but this is just one day," Aoki said. "Scores are low, but the conditions are better."
Of the 78-player field, 42 finished below par Friday on the 6,783-yard Springhouse Golf Course. The course was opened in 1990 primarily for guests of the Opryland Hotel.