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Mallon posts 60 to lead the LPGA Welch's tourney

TUCSON, Ariz. — Meg Mallon nearly matched Annika Sorenstam for the lowest score in LPGA Tour history, shooting a 10-under 60 Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the Welch's-Fry's Championship.

Mallon needed a birdie on the 18th hole to tie the record-setting 59 Sorenstam had two years ago. But Mallon left an 18-foot downhill putt about 3 1/2 feet short.

Mallon's 36-hole total was 16-under 124. First-round leader Lorie Kane, Wendy Doolan and Young Kim were at 127. Kane, who shot the fourth 61 in LPGA history Thursday, had a 66. Doolan carded a 62 and Kim 64.

The day Sorenstam shot 13-under 59 at the Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix, Mallon was playing in a threesome with the Swedish star and her sister, Charlotta Sorenstam.

Sorenstam's 13 under remains a record for an LPGA round.

HONDA CLASSIC: At Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Notah Begay III shot a 5-under 67 to take a share of the Honda Classic lead with David Peoples at 14-under 130 when play was suspended because of darkness.

Begay was happy to be leading a tournament entering the weekend. He finished 20th on the PGA Tour money list in 2000, but back problems allowed him to play in just 12 events over the last two years.

Davis Love III, the only player in the tournament who's among the top 10 in the world rankings, heads a long list of players within striking distance of the lead. Love (65), Tom Byrum (64) and Esteban Toledo (67) were 13 under.

Tim Herron, Jerry Kelly, John Huston and Jeff Brehaut were two strokes back. Kelly tied a tournament record with a 10-under 62.

SBC CLASSIC: At Santa Clarita, Calif., early starter Gil Morgan avoided the afternoon wind that kept scores high and shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the SBC Classic.

Morgan had the fastest start of the day. He eagled the first hole and birdied the third at Valencia Country Club. He birdied the ninth hole to make the turn in 33, then made four birdies on the back nine.

John Schroeder, who almost pulled out of the tournament because he felt sick in the morning, one-putted his last six holes to finish a stroke back.

QATAR MASTERS: At Doha, Qatar, England's David Howell shot a 2-under 72 to grab a share of the lead in Qatar Masters

Howell, one of just three golfers to complete the second round, is tied with France's Jean-Francois Remesy, who was 4 under through 12 holes on his second round. Howell and Remsey are 6 under overall.

A desert sandstorm and blustery wind halted the tournament Thursday, with just 72 of the 150 players teeing off and no one finishing the first round. Players completed the first round Friday. The second round will be completed Saturday.