Nicklaus ties course record in SeniorsPALM BEACH...

Nicklaus ties course record in Seniors

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Jack Nicklaus shot a second consecutive 66 yesterday and took a five-shot lead at the PGA Seniors Championship.


Nicklaus' two-round total of 12-under-par 132 at the PGA National golf club tied the 36-hole tournament record, set by Sam Snead in 1973 and Arnold Palmer in 1984. His past four rounds in Senior Tour competition, counting his final two in his victory at The Tradition two weeks ago, are 66, 67, 66, 66.

His closest pursuer at this tournament, the first major of the year on the Senior Tour, is Jim Dent, who also shot 66 to post a two-round total of 137. At 138 is Tom Joyce, who had a 71.


Meanwhile, other top senior players continued to fall back. Lee Trevino is at even-par 144. Chi Chi Rodriguez, the leading money winner, is at 145, and defending champion Gary Player is at 146.

Heritage Classic

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- After a heavy thunderstorm, Chip Beck displayed some thunder of his own to take the second-round lead.

Beck was at 5-under-par after four holes in breezy conditions. Then the thunderstorms came, forcing a three-hour delay. He shot 5-under over the final 14 holes for a 7-under 64 and a two-day total of 132 at Harbour Town Golf Links.

"I think [the rains] did help me because of the fact it calmed down and the course became easier to score on," Beck said. "It was an advantage to everybody that played when I played."

Beck, a Heritage runner-up in 1986, leads first-round leader Davis Love III by a stroke. Love, whose first of two PGA victories came in the 1987 Heritage, had a 68 for a 133 total.

Benson and Hedges

ST. MELLION, England -- Masters champion Ian Woosnam shot his second successive 82 and missed the cut of a tournament for the first time in three years.


Woosnam, whose 10-over-par round Thursday came in his first outing since winning the Masters on Sunday, got off to a good start in the second round of the Benson and Hedges International. He had an eagle 2 at the third hole, but his round fell apart again in the icy winds that swept the St. Mellion course.

"This is such a turn around after last week. I just can't hit the ball. It is unbelievable," Woosnam said.

L "I couldn't see a shot and I am disappointed to miss a cut."

Nick Faldo, winner of the two previous Masters, did little better. He shot an 80 in the second round.