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Englishman Leads 500 Years Open

March 31, 2000

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) _ Englishman Matt Blackey shot a course-record, 8-under-par 63 Friday for a one-stroke lead over David Park of Wales after two rounds of the European PGA Tour’s $750,000 Sao Paulo 500 Years Open.

Blackey, who is playing his fifth tournament on the main tour, led for the first time since gaining his playing card last November.

Park shot a 67 for 134.

``His 63 was a fantastic effort today,″ Park said, ``but it makes me laugh to think that we were chatting last night and he kept moaning about how he could never keep a good score going. The next morning he goes out and shoots a course record.″

Blackey and Park, who have known each other since their amateur days, are rooming together in a Sao Paulo hotel this week.

Per Nyman of Sweden and Spain’s Tomas Munoz, playing on a medical exemption after undergoing surgery for a hand injury last September, shot 68s and were at 135. Nicholas Vanhootegem had a 65 and was joined at 136 by Jean-Francois Remesy and Ian Poulter, who had 67s.

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