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Steady play gives Waldorf 3-shot advantage

A blistering first round and one more day of steady, mistake-free golf may be all Duffy Waldorf winds up needing in the Michelob Championship to gain his second career PGA Tour victory.

Waldorf, the leader since he tamed the River Course at Kingsmill Country Club with an 8-under-par 63 Thursday, made three birdies and one bogey for the second straight day to boost his lead by one to a three-stroke advantage with a 201 total.Grant Waite, Fred Funk, Kirk Triplett and David Duval were all at 204 after the most difficult day yet on the 6,797-yard layout. Waite's 68 was tied for the day's best as only 22 players managed to beat the par of 71.

"The golf course is playing a lot tougher, kind of a little bit more like a survival thing," said Triplett, who shot 70. "Shots you took for granted yesterday you had to think about."

John Cook also shot 68 to move into a tie for sixth place with defending champion Scott Hoch, who had a 69. They are four strokes back.

Waldorf, trying to match Hoch's feat of a wire-to-wire victory here last year, made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 6 and 35-footers on Nos. 7 and 18.

"I putted great, as well as I did the first day," said Waldorf, who needed 25 putts. "I made a lot of good par-saving putts. The conditions were a little harder. The greens got firm and the wind was tricky."

As he had on Friday, Waldorf mostly avoided mistakes and stayed in front when hardening greens and tough pin placements made scoring difficult.

World Match Play

At Virginia Water, England, Ernie Els holed a 6-foot birdie putt to tie the match on the 36th hole and a 40-footer on the first playoff hole Saturday to beat Nick Price in the semifinals of the World Match Play Championship.

It was Els' 11th victory without a loss in the tournament and he will be seeking his fourth straight title Sunday against Vijay Singh.

Singh, leading at one point by eight holes against Brad Faxon, beat the American 4 and 3 in the other semifinal.

The results set up a replay of last year's final, won by Els 3 and 2.

Transamerica Seniors

At Napa, Calif., Dave Eichelberger shot a 4-under-par 68 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over DeWitt Weaver after the second round of The Transamerica senior tournament.

Eichelberger, who closed with a 62 last week to finish a stroke behind Hale Irwin in the Vantage Championship, had an 11-under 135 total on the Silverado course. He eagled the par-5 13th hole to take the lead.

Weaver shot a 67, while Kermit Zarley (68), Graham Marsh (68), Jimmy Powell (69) and John Jacobs (70) were two back at 137. First-round leader Larry Nelson followed his opening 64 with a 74 to fall three back at 138.

Eichelberger followed his eagle with a birdie on No. 14th.

"All of a sudden I'm right back in the hunt," said Eichelberger, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour who has two victories on the Senior PGA Tour. "I thought I had three chances on five pars that I let get away."