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Archive for Sunday, January 27, 2002

Waldorf holds Phoenix lead

Perry, DiMarco one stroke back; Daly trails by two

January 27, 2002

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— On a day of swift changes in the lead and more wild cheers for John Daly, Duffy Waldorf made birdie on two of the last four holes Saturday for a 4-under 67 that gave him a one-stroke lead in the Phoenix Open.

Getting up-and-down for birdie from about 140 feet on No. 17 gave Waldorf some breathing room, but not much.

He was at 16-under 197, one stroke ahead of Kenny Perry and Chris DiMarco, with Daly another stroke back and a slew of others still in the hunt.

The massive, raucous gallery that drinks, cheers and occasionally watches golf doesn't need much to get them going. Having Daly in the hunt really fired them up.

Winless on the PGA Tour since his victory in the British Open at St. Andrews in 1995, Daly hit his drive 379 yards on the final hole and spun a sand wedge within 4 feet of the hole to finish only two strokes out of the lead.

"It's going to be down to the wire," Daly said.

Everyone will be chasing Waldorf, who took the lead with an approach on the 470-yard eighth hole that grazed the cup and stopped within tap-in distance for a birdie. He made no mistakes the rest of the way.

Perry, who finished one stroke out of the playoff in the season-opening Mercedes Championships, had a 64 for the best round of the day and a date in the final group with Waldorf.

Per-Ulrik Johansson was at 200, while Scott Verplank and Rory Sabbatini were another stroke back.

Among those missing was Ty Tryon, but that was no surprise. The 17-year-old played three holes in the morning to finish his second round and missed the cut by seven shots. He had a 71 to finish at 6 over.

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