- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 26, 2008

From combined dispatches

OAKVILLE, Ontario | Chez Reavie left Mike Weir and the rest of the Canadian Open contenders behind on a long, sunny day at soggy Glen Abbey.

Reavie was 13 under for 33 holes Friday after opening the tournament Thursday with three straight pars. He finished the rain-delayed first round with a 6-under 65 and had a 64 in the second to take a two-stroke lead over Eric Axley.

“I got to keep my momentum and just keep playing all day,” Reavie said. “This is by far my best start. I’ve been hitting the ball real well all year, but I haven’t been scoring real well.”

At 13-under 129, the 26-year-old PGA Tour rookie matched the tournament record for the first 36 holes set by Scott Dunlap in 1996 when Glen Abbey played to a par of 72. The 129 total also matches the best two-day score on the PGA Tour this year.

Axley, one of 63 players unable to finish the round, was 11 under with a hole left when play was suspended because of darkness.

“I’m playing well, so hopefully it will continue tomorrow,” Axley said.

Nicholas Thompson was 9 under with a hole remaining. Billy Mayfair (68-66) and Steve Marino (67-67) were in the clubhouse at 8 under, and Briny Baird and Brian Davis also were five strokes back. Baird had five holes to go, and Davis had one left.

Vaughan keeps edge

TROON, Scotland | American Bruce Vaughan shot par 71, taking a one-shot lead after the second round of the Senior British Open before heading for therapy on his troublesome left knee.

Vaughan, who has undergone three partial knee replacements over the past two years, totaled 3-under 139. John Cook (71) is one stroke back.

Vaughan had two bogeys, which he followed with birdies. The former firefighter, who took up golf at 20, is aiming for first major win on the senior tour.

Tom Watson (71), Bernhard Langer (71) and Eduardo Romero (73) were another stroke back under windy conditions at Royal Troon links. Greg Norman shot a 72, including an eagle at the 16th, to finish eight strokes off the leader.

Langer, a two-time winner in his first season on the senior tour, made a 30-foot birdie putt at the ninth and pitched within 2 feet for another birdie at the 15th.

Alfredsson sets mark

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Helen Alfredsson shot a course-record 9-under 63 to pull within a shot of leader Angela Park after the second round of the Evian Masters.

Park shot a 68 in her second straight bogey-free round, giving her a 10-under total of 134.

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