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Price, Lancaster Lead at St. Jude

August 1, 1998

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Nick Price and Neal Lancaster shared the lead after the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. That’s about the only thing they have in common.

Price has shown he can dominate the best players in the world, winning three major championships and 13 regular PGA Tour events. Lancaster is one of those guys who plugs along every week, making a decent living.

``They talk about majors and people setting their sights on majors, all 40 tournaments out here are majors to me,″ said Lancaster, a 35-year-old veteran of nine years on the PGA Tour who has one victory to his credit, the 1994 Byron Nelson Classic.

``Three hundred thousand dollars a week is a major to me. The goal’s to win, it doesn’t matter if it’s a major or a mini-tour event.″

He shot a 6-under 65 Friday to match Price at 10-under 132, a shot ahead of Glen Day and two shots ahead of Scott Hoch and Paul Azinger.

Price, 41, of Zimbabwe, is one of the golf world’s stars _ and he’s beginning to serve notice that his game is returning to top form.

``It’s just a question of how hot the putter gets,″ he said after shooting a 67 on the 7,006-yard TPC at Southwind course, his 11th consecutive round of par or better in the tournament.

``The only thing lacking right now is confidence. If I can get a win under my belt, I think the dam wall will break and I’ll win a few more.″

Price, the 1993 St. Jude champion, eagled No. 16 for the second straight day.

``I think I doubled my eagle score for the year in two days,″ said Price, who tied for third last week in the Dutch Open. ``Making back-to-back eagles is in the lap of the gods. That’s just a lot of luck.″

Lancaster, who began play on the back nine, bogeyed two of the first four holes and was 1-under for the round at the turn. He finished with birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 9.

He got a break on No. 3 when he pulled his short approach shot 30 feet past the hole, then made the putt almost by accident.

``I was lagging and it went in,″ he said. ``It was unbelievable. I could have stood there and hit 25 balls and never made one, no way.″

After that, he said, all the putts looked like gimmes.

Divots: Ted Tryba aced the 160-yard 8th hole with a 9-iron, the 21st ace on the PGA Tour this season. It was the first time No. 8 has been holed out in tournament play, the seventh in the St. Jude since it moved to Southwind in 1989. Tryba shot a 67 for a 140 total. ... David Gossett, a 19-year-old amateur from two miles away playing on his home course, shot a 70. He is tied with Larry Rinker and Tim Conley at 136. Gossett is the first amateur to make the cut at the St. Jude since Jim Wittenberg Jr. in 1982. The last amateur to finish in the top 10 was Deane Beman in 1965, nine years before he became commissioner of the PGA Tour. ... The cut was at even-par 142, the highest cut line in the St. Jude since it was also even-par in 1993.

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