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THE BALTIMORE SUN

POTOMAC - Battles between twentysomethings and fortysomethings aren't unusual on the PGA Tour these days, and the $4.8 million Booz Allen Classic could provide the latest backdrop for this kind of generational jousting.

Representing the tour's up-and-comers, Adam Scott followed Charles Howell III into the event's record book and to the top of the leader board yesterday at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel.

Scott, a 23-year-old Australian who earlier this year won the prestigious Players Championship, shot a 9-under-par 62 in the second round and broke the tournament's 36-hole scoring mark by two strokes.

At 14-under 128, Scott leads by two strokes over Howell, whose second-round 69 was eight shots worse than his course record, and 45-year-old tour journeyman Olin Browne.

Veteran Glen Day was three strokes behind after also shooting 62 and is tied with former PGA and Kemper Open champion Rich Beem at 11-under 131. Former British Open champion Tom Lehman is five strokes behind.

What Howell did Thursday was in Scott's thoughts as he teed off early yesterday morning.

"I like to see the young guys play well because it motivates me to go out and play better myself, and so maybe Charles is what got me going today," said Scott, who missed the cut in last week's U.S. Open.

While Scott saw his chance to tie Howell's record disappear when his 30-foot birdie putt on his final hole - the par-3 ninth - turned away from the cup, Day threatened to break the mark later in the day.

At 10-under for his round through 15 holes after holing out for eagle from 84 yards on the par-5 sixth, Day's momentum was ended by a nearly two-hour weather delay.

Just as he was finishing the swing on his tee shot at the par-4 seventh hole, he heard the siren stopping play. Because his ball landed in the rough, Day said later he wasn't thinking about shooting 59.

"I would have enjoyed the last three holes without a delay," said Day, who nearly holed out from a greenside bunker on the seventh and then made bogey on the par-4 eighth. "Now, that's not saying I may have had a chance to do something great or not, but it was there."

Day wasn't surprised to see the names on the leader board, which also included that of defending champion Rory Sabbatini, 28, at 8-under.

Sabbatini was tied with Bill Haas, a 22-year-old making his pro debut this week, and Aaron Oberholser, a late-blooming 29-year-old. Haas and Oberholser shot 65 yesterday.

"We see all these youngsters every week. It's unbelievable" said Day, 38. "I have my job to do and these young men have theirs. It's tougher for Olin and I. We don't hit the ball as far as them; not even close. You're not going to sit around and cry about it."

Scott wouldn't go as far as to suggest his generation is ready to take over the tour - or even this tournament.

"I think we've got a little way to go before we really make our mark out there," Scott said. "Obviously, there are a lot more young players on tour. We're far from dominating the game. It's not turning around like tennis did or anything like that. I think experience counts for so much on tour."

Just as Beem did in winning at Avenel in 1999, Scott saw the course for the first time earlier this week. Interestingly, he played his only practice round Tuesday with his good friend Howell.

Howell joked that he might have been too good a guide.

"I should have told him a few other things, like where not to hit it," said Howell, who has known Scott since they played college golf against each other.

Howell didn't hit it to the same spots he did on Thursday, but more significantly, he didn't putt nearly as well. After having nine one-putt greens in his career-best round, he had only three yesterday, and three-putted once for bogey.

"It just comes down to the putter," said Howell, who is looking for his second tour victory. His first came in the 2002 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. "I can guarantee you that I didn't see one hole, but I bet Adam putted really well today. Very rarely will you see nine kick-ins for birdie."

Howell realized that the course, despite more difficult pin placements, was still susceptible to low scores, as Day proved later. Though he didn't take advantage of the soft conditions, Howell is in contention going into the weekend.

"It's not something I've been able to say very often this year," he said. "I'm excited about it."

So is Browne, who won at Hartford in 1998 and at Colonial in 1999 before being plagued by elbow problems that led to swing changes. Three years ago, he shared the third-round lead at Pebble Beach with Phil Mickelson.

"I hit 16 greens in regulation and three-putted my way to a 73 and finished third," said Browne, who shot 66 yesterday. "It's not something you forget, so I'll be ready to play this weekend. I'm looking forward to it."

He'll be carrying the torch for the tour's fortysomethings with him to the first tee.

Leader board

Adam Scott 66-62-128 Olin Browne 64-66-130 Charles Howell III 61-69-130 Glen Day 69-62-131 Rich Beem 64-67-131 Tom Lehman 66-67-133 Arron Oberholser 69-65-134

Complete scores: Page 6C

Tee times

Today's third round

First tee

8:03 a.m. -- David Edwards, Mark Wilson

8:11 a.m. -- Michael Allen, Pat Bates

8:19 a.m. -- Kelly Gibson, Tommy Tolles

8:27 a.m. -- Steve Pate, Bill Glasson

8:35 a.m. -- Daniel Chopra, Kelly Mitchum

8:43 a.m. -- Aaron Baddeley, Tom Byrum

8:51 a.m. -- Ben Crane, David Morland IV

8:59 a.m. -- John Cook, Joe Durant

9:07 a.m. -- Len Mattiace, Jonathan Kaye

9:15 a.m. -- Miek Grob, Rich Barcelo

9:23 a.m. -- Luke Donald, Mark Hensby

9:31 a.m. -- John Daly, Brad Faxon

9:47 a.m. -- Kevin Na, Hunter Mahan

9:55 a.m. -- David Branshaw, Vaughn Taylor

10:03 a.m. -- Jeff Brehaut, Pete Jordan

10:11 a.m. -- Matt Gogel, Brent Geiberger

10:19 a.m. -- Shaun Micheel, Heath Slocum

10:27 a.m. -- Tom Pernice Jr., Richard S. Johnson

10:35 a.m. -- Garrett Willis, Billy Andrade

10:44 a.m. -- Cliff Kresge, Ryan Palmer

10:53 a.m. -- Dicky Pride, Jay Don Blake

11:02 a.m. -- Dannny Briggs, Patrick Sheehan

11:11 a.m. -- Corey Pavin, Cameron Beckman

11:20 a.m. -- Aaron Barber, Carl Pettersson

11:29 a.m. -- Bart Bryant, Scott Hend

11:38 a.m. -- Geoff Ogilvy, Chris Riley

11:47 a.m. -- J.J. Henry, Duffy Waldorf

11:56 a.m. -- Guy Boros, Tim Herron

12:05 p.m. -- Notah Begay III, Bo Van Pelt

12:14 p.m. -- Craig Barlow, Alex Cejka

12:23 p.m. -- Steve Allan, Frank Lickliter II

12:32 p.m. -- Billy Mayfair, Danny Ellis

12:41 p.m. -- Harrison Frazar, Jeff Sluman

12:50 p.m. -- Steve Stricker, Michael Bradley

12:59 p.m. -- Rory Sabbatini, Hidemichi Tanaka

1:08 p.m. -- Arron Oberholser, Bill Haas

1:17 p.m. -- Rich Beem, Tom Lehman

1:26 p.m. -- Charles Howell III, Glen Day

1:35 p.m. -- Adam Scott, Olin Browne

Scores

Second round

Par 71 Adam Scott 66-62--128 Olin Browne 64-66--130 Charles Howell III 61-69--130 Glen Day 69-62--131 Rich Beem 64-67--131 Tom Lehman 66-67--133 Arron Oberholser 69-65--134 Bill Haas 69-65--134 Rory Sabbatini 67-67--134 Hidemichi Tanaka 70-65--135 Steve Stricker 67-68--135 Michael Bradley 70-65--135 Harrison Frazar 67-69--136 Jeff Sluman 65-71--136 Billy Mayfair 66-70--136 Danny Ellis 67-69--136 Steve Allan 69-67--136 Frank Lickliter II 67-69--136 Craig Barlow 69-68--137 Alex Cejka 74-63--137 Notah Begay III 72-65--137 Bo Van Pelt 69-68--137 Guy Boros 68-69--137 Tim Herron 69-68--137 J.J. Henry 68-69--137 Duffy Waldorf 67-71--138 Geoff Ogilvy 70-68--138 Chris Riley 72-66--138 Bart Bryant 71-67--138 Scott Hend 66-72--138 Aaron Barber 70-68--138 Carl Pettersson 67-71--138 Corey Pavin 70-68--138 Cameron Beckman 70-68--138 Danny Briggs 70-69--139 Patrick Sheehan 68-71--139 Dicky Pride 68-71--139 Jay Don Blake 69-70--139 Cliff Kresge 71-68--139 Ryan Palmer 70-69--139 Garrett Willis 71-68--139 Billy Andrade 68-71--139 Tom Pernice, Jr. 68-71--139 Richard S. Johnson 72-67--139 Shaun Micheel 67-72--139 Heath Slocum 70-69--139 Matt Gogel 69-70--139 Brent Geiberger 71-68--139 Jeff Brehaut 70-69--139 Pete Jordan 72-67--139 David Branshaw 69-70--139 Vaughn Taylor 68-71--139 Kevin Na 68-71--139 Hunter Mahan 69-70--139 Charley Hoffman 69-70--139 Esteban Toledo 69-71--140 John Daly 70-70--140 Brad Faxon 74-66--140 Luke Donald 72-68--140 Mark Hensby 68-72--140 Mike Grob 72-68--140 Rich Barcelo 71-69--140 Len Mattiace 71-69--140 Jonathan Kaye 70-70--140 John Cook 71-69--140 Joe Durant 69-71--140 Ben Crane 70-70--140 David Morland IV 69-71--140 Aaron Baddeley 67-74--141 Tom Byrum 72-69--141 Daniel Chopra 72-69--141 Kelly Mitchum 72-69--141 Steve Pate 68-73--141 Bill Glasson 72-69--141 Kelly Gibson 71-70--141 Tommy Tolles 69-72--141 Michael Allen 70-71--141 Pat Bates 70-71--141 David Edwards 68-73--141 Mark Wilson 69-72--141

Failed to qualify

Joel Edwards 70-72--142 Deane Pappas 72-70--142 D.J. Brigman 71-71--142 Joel Kribel 70-72--142 Trevor Dodds 71-71--142 Blaine McCallister 66-76--142 Mark Brooks 72-70--142 Tom Scherrer 70-72--142 Russ Cochran 72-70--142 Robert Gamez 73-69--142 Rod Pampling 69-73--142 Jay Delsing 70-72--142 Hank Kuehne 74-69--143 Brenden Pappas 73-70--143 Matt Hendrix 72-71--143 Jay Williamson 70-73--143 Spike McRoy 72-71--143 Willie Wood 68-75--143 Brad Lardon 69-74--143 Mathias Gronberg 70-74--144 Brian Gay 71-73--144 Justin Leonard 74-70--144 Dean Wilson 72-72--144 Todd Fischer 75-69--144 Tim Clark 73-71--144 Donnie Hammond 72-72--144 Jason Dufner 78-66--144 Scott McCarron 72-73--145 Omar Uresti 74-71--145 Scott Hoch 77-68--145 Gene Sauers 72-73--145 Stan Utley 70-75--145 Tom Carter 71-74--145 Kris Cox 75-70--145 Arjun Atwal 70-75--145 Chris Smith 72-73--145 Paul Stankowski 68-77--145 Hirofumi Miyase 71-74--145 Tjaart Van der Walt 72-73--145 Fred Funk 69-77--146 Roland Thatcher 72-74--146 Carl Paulson 74-72--146 Brett Quigley 76-71--147 Greg Chalmers 78-69--147 Jim Carter 73-74--147 Dennis Paulson 68-79--147 Patrick Moore 73-74--147 Kent Jones 72-75--147 Ken Duke 74-73--147 Andre Stolz 77-70--147 Tripp Isenhour 72-75--147 David Sutherland 74-73--147 Joey Sindelar 72-75--147 Mike Hulbert 71-76--147 Ricky Touma 72-76--148 Jason Bohn 70-78--148 Lucas Glover 71-77--148 Brian Kortan 73-75--148 Brandon Knaub 74-74--148 Del Ponchock 78-71--149 Jim McGovern 74-75--149 Ted Tryba 78-72--150 John E. Morgan 73-77--150 Michael Clark II 76-75--151 Mike Heinen 75-78--153 George Bradford 74-79--153 Jim Schouller 76-77--153 Kevin Muncrief 75-80--155

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