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Campbell Takes Lead at German Open

August 7, 1998

BAD SAAROW, Germany (AP) _ New Zealand’s Michael Campbell overcame strong winds to shoot a 2-under-par 70 Friday and take a two-stroke lead Friday after the second round of the German Open.

Campbell collected four birdies in five holes midway through his round as he climbed to the top of the leaderboard in the $1.15 million event with a 7-under 137 total.

Scotland’s Scott Henderson, the European tour’s Rookie of the Year last season, was at 139, along with Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and England’s Van Phillips.

Campbell, who shook off two early bogeys including one in which he missed two short putts, said he had learned from his experience while leading the 1995 British Open. He led into the final day, then faded to a third-place tie.

``I learned a lot in that last round, more than you could pay any psychologist,″ Campbell said. ``Now I’m just trying to be calm and see what happens.″

France’s Olivier Edmond, Japan’s Katsuyoshi Tomori and England’s Paul Lawrie were at 140 as players again had trouble solving the Nick Faldo-designed course.

Only 27 golfers were under par after the cut at the hilly course with the deep bunkers at the Sporting Club Berlin, being used for the first time for the German Open.

``This is probably the best course I’ve played on,″ Campbell said.

Henderson, battling a flu, fired the day’s best round with a 5-under 67. He birdied five of the last eight holes.

``I can’t believe the way I scored, considering the way I feel,″ Henderson said.

Garrido, who won the tournament last year when it was played at Stuttgart, settled for a 72 to go along with his first day 67 after recovering from two early bogeys.

``This wind makes scoring tough,″ Garrido said. ``But I’ve got no complaints about being 5-under-par.″

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