Nick Price retained his lead at the U.S. Open championship today as
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Nick Price retained his lead at the U.S. Open championship today as a freshening wind caused the other contenders to fall back.
While Price waited for a late tee time, early starters Greg Norman and Billy Glasson each gained a share of the lead at one point only to fall back.
In fact, Price increased his lead before he was required to touch a club.
The overnight leader with a 4-under-par 66, Price was still in the clubhouse awaiting his 1:55 p.m. starting time when Norman and Glasson made their moves _ then backed off.
Fuzzy Zoeller and Jeff Maggert, each with an opening 69, also had late second round starting times.
Former U.S. Open champ Scott Simpson started the day a single shot off the lead after an opening 67.
But he played the front in 36, one over par, and bogeyed three of the first five on the back. With three holes to go he was one over par for the tournament.
Glasson, 35, winner of 6 titles in a 12-season PGA Tour career, was one under starting the day’s play in cool, sunny weather.
He birdied the first from 15 feet then pitched in from 40 yards for eagle-3 on the par-5 5th. That put him in a share of the lead at 4 under par for the tournament.
Glasson, however, stumbled to a 38 over the back, shot par 70 and completed 36 holes in 139, one under par.
Norman, who won two weeks ago, was 2 back after an opening 68.
He needed only three holes to make up the deficit, running in a 20-foot downhill birdie putt on the second, then hitting a long-iron to 2 feet on the third.
At that point, he, too, was tied for the lead.
But Normn missed the green and made his first bogey of the tournament on the 8th hole, turned in 1-under-par 34, then bogeyed the 10th, again missing the green.
Lefty Phil Mickelson twice got to within a single stroke of the top, but could do no better than a par 70 and finished two rounds at 138, 2 under par.
At that early point, with about half the field still awaiting its starting time, Mickelson was second alone.
And Price’s lead had gone from a single stroke to a 2-shot margin even before he picked up a club.
Jumbo Ozaki of Japan and Bob Tway each was 2 under par for the tournament through 14 holes of the second round.