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Murphy surges into tie for lead

He’s even with Morgan and 1999 champion Jenkins

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PRINCETON, N.J. — Bob Murphy matched the course record with a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday for a share of the second-round lead in the Senior PGA Tour's Instinet Classic.

Murphy had an 11-under 133 on the TPC at Jasna Polana to match Gil Morgan and defending champion Tom Jenkins. Morgan shot a 66, and Jenkins had a 68.

Murphy bogeyed the first hole to drop to 3 under but, starting at No. 4, birdied eight of the next 11 to reach 11 under.

"I'm putting as well as I can remember, as well as I ever have in my career," said Murphy, seeking his first victory since 1997. "I started horribly today but kept telling myself 'You're doing too many things right to get off track."'

Jenkins, who set the course record Friday, entered the round with a two-stroke lead at 7 under, but lost his advantage by bogeying No. 16. It was just his second bogey of the tournament.

He birdied three of the first four holes on a slightly breezy day and had nine straight pars before making a birdie on No. 14.

"I thought I might pull a Tiger on them for a minute," said Jenkins, referring to Tiger Woods' dominating performances. "I birdied 1, 2 and 4, and felt very comfortable. Midway through the round, the putter kind of cooled off, I missed some makable putts and kind of lost track, but then got back on track."

Morgan, who entered the day in a three-way tie for second at 4 under, had seven birdies and just one bogey. He lost his chance for the lead when he missed a 10-foot eagle putt on No. 18.

"I had four eagle putts, which doesn't happen very often, and I didn't make any of them," Morgan said. "But all in all, I'm in pretty decent shape. I'll just try to go out Sunday and hit it close to the hole."

Jim Dent, who won the Super Seniors Competition by three strokes over Jim Albus, was tied for fourth with Jerry McGee at 8 under. Dent had a 68, and McGee shot a 69.

Arnold Palmer, playing in his 1,000th official PGA Tour-PGA Seniors Tour event, shot a 76 for a 3-over 147 total.

After leaving birdie putts inches short on No. 6 and 7, Palmer triple-bogeyed the par-3 8th and bogeyed the par-4 9th for a front-nine 42. He rallied for a 34 on the back nine, marking the second straight day the 70-year-old Palmer shot 2 under on the final nine.

Bob Lendzion recorded the fourth hole-in-one in tournament history when he used an 8-iron on the 152-yard, par-3 2nd. Lendzion, 1 under after shooting a 74, also had a hole-in-one in the Bruno's Memorial Classic on April 30.