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GOLF ROUNDUP : Clearwater Shot Back After a 61

May 29, 1993|From Associated Press

Fulton Allem turned back Keith Clearwater's tournament-record 61 and took a one-stroke lead over him Friday in the storm-delayed second round of the Colonial Invitational at Ft. Worth.

Allem birdied the final hole from 25 feet to cap a 63 and set a tournament record of 11-under 129 for the first 36 holes.

Clearwater birdied the last seven holes en route to a course and tournament record.

Beginning on the 12th hole, he had birdies from 20, 25, 45, 12 and four feet, a tap-in from inches after a wedge on 17, and then closed the round with a 40-footer.

"Conditions were absolutely perfect. They couldn't have been better," Clearwater said.

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His score has been bettered only 10 times in the history of the American tour, 59s by Al Geiberger and Chip Beck and eight scores of 60.

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Gary Evans shot a six-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the European PGA at Virginia Water, England.

One shot behind Evans was Sweden's Magnus Sunesson, who, as is Evans, is seeking his first tour victory. Bernhard Langer, making his first appearance in Europe since he won the Masters in April, shot a 70. Nick Faldo shot a 71, and Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle finished with 72s.

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Lee Trevino, seeking his first victory in more than a year, shot a five-under-par 67 for a share of the first-round lead in the $850,000 NFL Golf Classic at Clifton, N.J.

Rocky Thompson and Don Bies also were tied for the lead.

Arnold Palmer struggled to a 78. His tee shot at 17 beaned a spectator, who was not seriously injured.

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Kelly Robbins had two eagles for a four-under 68 to take sole possession of the lead after two rounds of the LPGA Corning Classic at Corning, N.Y. Robbins has a 36-hole total of 138, one stroke ahead of Hiromi Kobayashi.

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Charlotta Sorenstam shot a three-under-par 70 to take a four-stroke lead in the NCAA women's golf championships and help Texas to a three-stroke lead after three rounds at Athens, Ga. Arizona State and San Jose State were tied for second at 892.

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