Course architect Jack Nicklaus and PGA champion Bob Tway squeaked through, but U.S. Open champion Ray Floyd failed to make the field of 39 players who advanced through Friday's second round of the $1-million International golf tournament at Castle Rock, Colo.
Floyd, who played brilliantly in the first round, picked up on two holes of the back nine Friday and was eliminated.
Floyd had minus 4 points under the modified Stableford scoring system, which awards 5 points for an eagle, 2 for a birdie, zero for a par, minus 1 for a bogey and minus 3 for a double bogey or worse.
Nicklaus, the 46-year-old Masters champion who designed the Castle Pines Club course in the foothills of the Rockies, was facing elimination until he birdied No. 8, his 17th hole of the day, and saved a place in the tournament with a scrambling, one-putt par on his last hole.
Nicklaus went to three points with his birdie 4 and needed the par on his last hole to be assured of a place in the third round. He was short in two shots, chipped to about 12 feet and made the putt.
Tway, playing with Nicklaus in the last group, also had three points going to his final hole and put himself in danger when his approach went in a bunker. He salvaged a needed par, however, and survived.
Rookie Billy Pierot led the scorers with 14 points (eight birdies, two bogeys), the largest one-day total of a tournament that offers $180,000 to the winner.
Betsy King, seeking her second straight victory, shot a four-under-par 68 for a 137 total and took a two-stroke lead over Nancy Lopez and Patty Sheehan in the second round of the $240,000 Nestle World Championship women's tournament at Buford, Ga.
Lopez had eight birdies in her round of 66, lowest score of the first two rounds. Sheehan, the opening-round leader, had a 72.
Colleen Walker, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, shot a 30 on the back nine to take a two-stroke lead in the second round of the $200,000 MasterCard International Pro-Amateur at Elmsford, N.Y.
Walker had five birdies on the final nine for a five-under-par 67, giving her a two-day total of 139.
Cindy Mackey was second after shooting a second-round 70.
Walter Zembriski and Bruce Crampton each shot a five-under-par 67 to share the first-round lead in the $25,000 GTE Northwest PGA Senior tournament at Redmond, Wash.
Miller Barber was one stroke behind, and Gene Littler, Charlie Sifford, George Lanning, Gordon Jones, Harold Henning and Jack Fleck were tied at 69.
Jim Woodward shot his second consecutive 67 and won the 1986 California State Open by one stroke over Louis Brown, who had a five-stroke lead starting the final round at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Desert.
Woodward, a former Oklahoma State player who is now head pro at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, had a 280 total and earned $9,000. Brown, a former All-American at Georgia, shot a 73, missing a six-foot putt on the final hole that would have tied him with Woodward. He earned $5,400.
Gordon Brand Jr. of Scotland eagled the 18th hole for a five-under-par 67 and a 132 total to take a one-stroke lead over Lee Trevino after two rounds of the $270,000 Benson and Hedges International at Fulford, England. Trevino also shot a 67.