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Kane ties record, shares Open lead

WEST POINT, Miss. -- Lorie Kane tied a U.S. Women's Open record with an 8-under-par 64 Friday for a share of the midway lead with Julie Inkster.

Par at the Old Waverly Golf Club took another beating Friday, with Becky Iverson becoming the third player to match the Open record of 8-under for a round. Until this year, it had only happened once, in 1995 when Helen Alfredsson shot a 63 on a par-71 Open course five years ago.Inkster shot a 69 Friday to join Kane at 10-under 134. They were one stroke ahead of Kelli Kuehne, who shot a 64 for the first round lead and followed with a 71 Friday.

The scoring record for the Women's Open is 10-under set by Alison Nicholas two years ago at Pumpkin Ridge. Topping that shouldn't be a problem this year, based on the first two rounds.

"Ten under is not going to win this tournament," Inkster said. "You've got to go out and play aggressive. You've got to go out and make some birdies."

The record for sub-par rounds in a Women's Open is 89, set in 1993 at Crooked Stick. Through only two rounds at Old Waverly, the number was at 91 and rising.

"I think you have to look a lot at the weather," said Dottie Pepper, who was at 7-under 137 along with U.S. Amateur champion Grace Park and Sherri Steinhauer.

MEMORIAL: At Dublin, Ohio, Lee Janzen had a double bogey-6 on the final hole to fall a shot behind Tiger Woods midway through the Memorial Tournament.

Janzen, the leader by two strokes on Thursday, settled for a 2-under 70 on Friday after putting an approach shot into an impossible position in a greenside bunker. He moved the ball about six feet with his first shot, leaving it in the trap, then punched out and two-putted.

Woods' 66 gave him a 10-under 134 for 36 holes, his second round highlighted by a tap-in eagle on the 11th hole. Janzen also eagled the 11th.

Joining Janzen a shot back was reigning PGA champion Vijay Singh. He had five birdies and five pars on the first 10 holes to edge into the lead but fell back on the same hole where Woods and Janzen came close to double eagles.

Sergio Garcia, the 19-year-old Spaniard making his third professional start in the United States, shot a 70 despite a double bogey on the par-3 16th. He was joined at 7-under by Justin Leonard, who had a 69.

NFL SENIORS: At Clifton, N.J., Lee Trevino birdied six of the last nine holes for a 67 and joined a six-way tie for the lead in the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic.

Trevino, winless since March 1998, was joined by Allen Doyle, a two-time winner this year, Bob Charles, Joe Inman, DeWitt Weaver Jr. and Tom McGinnis in the $1.1 million event.

Jim Holtgrieve, given a sponsor's exemption to this event, was at 69, and a large group at 70 included defending champion Bob Dickson, Jay Sigel and Hubert Green.

ENGLISH OPEN: At Ware, England, Darren Clarke had birdies on the last five holes and seven of the last nine to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the English Open. Clarke finished with a 7-under 65 and was at 133 for the tournament.

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia, co-leader after the first round, was two shots back after a 1-under 71. Thomas Gogele of Germany shot a 69 to fall three strokes off the pace.