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Faldo Shares Lead; Langer Misses Cut

May 25, 1996

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) _ Masters champion Nick Faldo, Zimbabwe’s Mark McNulty and Italy’s Costantino Rocca tied for the lead after the second round of the Volvo PGA on Saturday, when a favorable ruling helped Faldo shoot a 69.

Faldo, who had a 67 in Friday’s opening round, needed the help of a Swedish rules official to avoid a two-stroke penalty after he thought he had fired his second at the 17th out of bounds and lost the lead.

The official, Thomas Waldenstedt, allowed him a free drop after Faldo’s ball had landed on top of a spectator’s bag and the Englishman went on to pitch to within 6 feet and collect a birdie.

McNulty shot a 68 and Rocca a 67 to join Faldo at the 8-under-par 136.

Two time Masters champion Bernard Langer missed his first cut for five years.

Langer, who followed his 1-over 73 with a 74, didn’t have such good fortune as he missed the cut for the first time after a record 68 times making round three.

The German golfer bogeyed two of the last four holes to bring a five-year run to an end in the very event where it started.

``It had to happen sooner or later, but it’s kind of sad it’s this week,″ Langer said. ``This is one of our greatest tournaments and it’s a course I enjoy playing, but you can’t choose these things.

``My swing didn’t feel very good and although I came back pretty good after starting the day with three bogeys it all went wrong at the end.″

Seve Ballesteros was another big star to miss the cut although his 71 was six strokes better than his opening round.

``My scores do not reflect the way I’ve played,″ the Spaniard said. ``My game is getting better. I’ve said it 60,000 times _ what I need is to compete more.″