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Triplett surges to summit of John Deere leaderboard

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SILVIS, Ill. — Kirk Triplett played well in the first two rounds of the John Deere Classic, then tied a record Saturday on the tournament's new course to surge from a fourth-place tie to the top of the leaderboard.

Triplett had a 9-under-par 62, and finished the round 18-under at 195. Four of his seven birdies were made on hole Nos. 8-11.

Triplett picked up two more strokes on the par-5 17th, where he hit a 3-wood within 5 feet of the hole, then drained the putt for an eagle. Rain caught up to him on the 18th, however, and Triplett scrambled to save par after his drive drifted right into the fairway treeline.

David Frost, a two-time former tournament champion who established the course record Friday when he took the second-round lead, struggled to a 70 to trail by two shots.

SENIOR OPEN: At Newcastle, Northern Ireland, South Africa's John Bland took a one-shot lead over Christy O'Connor Jr., who beat him to the title 12 months ago, after the third round of the Senior British Open on Saturday.

Bland, 54, from Johannesburg, shot an even-par 71 for a three-round total of 7-under 206.

Former U.S. Open champion Hubert Green is in third at 5-under 208.

Japan's Seiji Ebihara, second in his last two starts on the European Seniors Tour, shares fourth place at 211 with Australia's Noel Ratcliffe and England's John Morgan.

SENIORS: At Jericho, N.Y., Bruce Fleisher followed his course-record 63 with a 6-under-par 66 Saturday, extending his lead in the Long Island Classic to three strokes.

The defending champion closed his second round with birdies on three of the last four holes, including a near hole-in-one on the 165-yard 18th, and was at 15-under 129.

Allen Doyle, who finished second in this Senior PGA Tour event last year, had a run of five straight birdies on the back nine at Meadow Brook Club and his 64 had him at 12 under.

Dana Quigley, the 1997 champion of this tournament sponsored by Lightpath, started the second round one stroke behind Fleisher. He had a 69 and was third at 133.

Jim Thorpe had a second-round 66 and was at 134, one stroke in front of Jim Dent, who matched the course record with a 63, and Tommy Aaron, who had a 68, and Leonard Thompson, who had a 66.

LPGA: At Howland, Ohio, Helen Alfredsson had no one to blame but herself.

"I don't yell at people when it's my fault," she said after three-putting each of the last two holes to give away the lead in Saturday's second round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.

Those late mistakes allowed Michele Redman and Se Ri Pak to share the lead by a stroke over Alfredsson and Pat Hurst heading into the final round.

Alfredsson tossed her putter at her bag as she left the 18th green after her second consecutive bogey closed out a 2-under-par 70.

Alfredsson led by a shot going to the 17th hole, but her 45-foot birdie putt was left of the hole and she missed the 5-footer coming back. On the 18th green, she rolled a 30-foot birdie putt past the hole and then failed to hit a 4-foot par putt.

The Swede has three-putted the last hole for bogeys in each round.