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Sigel blows past field in windy conditions

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Patient in difficult wind conditions, Jay Sigel blew past the field in the Bruno's Memorial Classic.

Sigel, a two-time U.S. Amateur champion who has two Senior PGA Tour victories since turning pro in 1993, shot a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over Bob Eastwood.Sigel, who has five top-10 finishes in 10 starts this year, had a 9-under 135 total on the Greystone Country Club course.

"I'm delighted with my round today considering the conditions," Sigel said. "In fact, I'm very pleased with how I played. The winds were tricky again, but I played well."

Sigel took a two-stroke lead on the par-5 fifth hole, holing a 12-foot birdie putt, while first-round leader Gil Morgan drove out of bounds en route to a double bogey.

"Gil got caught in a wind gust at No. 5 and his ball went out of bounds," Sigel said. "No, I wasn't playing Gil at that point. I was just trying to pick up a shot and move closer to the lead."

Eastwood, a three-time PGA Tour winner, shot a 68.

"It was a new course today," Eastwood said. "The course was softer after the rain last night and it changed your club selection. Plus, we had some wind again. It may be different again tomorrow."

Hale Irwin, who won the Las Vegas Senior Classic last week for his fourth victory in seven 1997 starts, was four back along with Morgan. Irwin shot a 68 and Morgan had a 72.

"Everything is going the way I like it except my putting," Irwin said. "I had three, three-putts today. They weren't that difficult and I'm a little disappointed with that. If I had made some putts yesterday and today, that 5-under might have been 10-under."

The three-time U.S. Open champion, who leads the money list with $746,531, also won the MasterCard Championship, LG Championship and the PGA Seniors' Championship, along with the unofficial Senior Slam.

J.C. Snead (68), John Schroeder (70) and Isao Aoki (71) followed at 140.