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HENKE MAINTAINS LEAD WHILE WOODS MAKES CUT AT MILWAUKEE OPEN

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Nolan Henke's 5-under-par 66 on Friday put him two shots ahead of the field after two rounds of the Greater Milwaukee Open. Tiger Woods' 69 put him three strokes above the cut line in his professional debut.

Henke's 36-hole total of 14-under 128 at Brown Deer Park Golf Course had him eight strokes ahead of Woods, who said he was glad to survive the cut, but it was "weird" being so far off the lead.Woods trailed 29 players, including Duffy Waldorf, who was second at 130 after a second 65, and Bob Estes, Loren Roberts, Jesper Parnevik and Mike Heinen, all grouped at 11-under 131. Estes, who was two strokes behind Henke after the first round, had a 67, Roberts a 65, Parnevik a 66 and Heinen a 63.

"I should be a lot closer," Woods said. "When you play a four-round tournament you're going to have that one off-day and hopefully this is my off-day."

The 20-year-old three-time U.S. Amateur and reigning NCAA champion had four birdies and two bogeys in a round watched eagerly by a large gallery that wasn't shy about shouting praise and encouragement.

Woods said the crowd, just as big as that for his Thursday debut, wasn't to blame for some poor iron shots and missed putts.

"I just have to be more sharp," Woods said. "I wasn't precise enough to shoot the low scores."

Woods said he was having problems with the positioning of his left arm on shorter shots.

He said his goal was to shoot in the mid-60s in the final two rounds.

Looking at the long-term, the Nike endorsement deal he signed this week, reportedly worth $40 million, "relieves a lot of the pressure," Woods said.

"I don't have to depend on play for my income," Woods said. "I'm pretty much financially set for life."

Woods said he probably wouldn't fully comprehend the worth of the contract until the money is in his bank account.

"I've seen those amounts before, in economics books we use those things in examples, but I've never seen that as describing Tiger Woods," he said.

The hordes of fans trailing Woods were a plus for Henke, 31, who had a sparse following as he recorded an eagle on a 35-foot putt along with four birdies and a bogey.

LPGA Rail Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - When defending champion Mary Beth Zimmerman returns to the Rail Golf Course this weekend, she'll be looking for a repeat victory in the LPGA State Farm Rail Classic,

The $575,000, 54-hole tournament begins today.

Zimmerman had a 10-under-par 206 score last year and won on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.

"I don't want to say it could never be topped," Zimmerman said of last year's win. "Maybe winning the (U.S.) Open would come close."

Zimmerman, along with last year's runner-up Emilee Klein, heads a 144-player field, which includes last week's Star Bank Classic winner Laura Davies.

British Masters

COLLINGTREE, England - Australian Robert Allenby, seeking his third victory of the season, fired a 1-under-par 71 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the $1.1 million British Masters.

Winner of the English and French Opens, Allenby had a 54-hole score of 211.

One stroke behind him was Spain's Pedro Linhart, whose third round 67 gave him a total of 212 at the Collingtree Park course in central England.

Four strokes behind him were another Spaniard, Miguel Angel Martin, who shot 71, and Italy's Ryder Cup star Costantino Rocca, who carded a 72.

PGA Cup

PERTHSHIRE, Scotland - Perry Arthur of Frisco, Texas, birdied the 18th hole twice Friday as he and teammate Bob Ford of Oakmont, Pa., scored a pair of 1-up victories that gave the United States a 4-4 tie with Great Britain-Ireland after the opening round of the 18th PGA Cup matches.

The international event for PGA golf professionals is being played under a Ryder Cup-style format at the Monarch's Course at the Gleneagles complex.