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Reavie leads in Canada

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Associated Press / July 26, 2008

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 par for 33 holes yesterday 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 at Oakville, Ontario.

"I got to keep my momentum and just keep playing all day," said Reavie, playing for the sixth straight week. "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 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.

Weir, part of a tournament-record, seven-man tie for the first-round lead after a bogey-free 65 Thursday morning, was even par in the second round with two holes to play, leaving the Canadian star seven strokes back at 6 under.

"There's tons of golf left," Weir said.

Reavie eagled the par-5 13th in the second round to reach 12 under, holing a 78-yard shot over the water guarding the front of the green.

Two-time defending champion Jim Furyk, grouped with Mayfair and Sean O'Hair, was 4 under after a 27-hole day on the course saturated by 8 inches of rain in a week. He finished off a first-round 70 and added a bogey-free 68 in the second.

LPGA - 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 in Evian-les-Baines, France.

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

The 43-year-old Alfredsson made four birdies on the front nine and five on the back at the Evian Royal Resort to beat the course mark of 64 shared by six players.

Five players are another shot back at 8 under - 2003 champion Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr of the United States, South Koreans Kim In-kyung and Meena Lee, and Candie Kung of Taiwan.

First-round leader Lorena Ochoa is at 6 under after shooting a 1-over 73 following her 65 Thursday.

Annika Sorenstam birdied the final two holes for a 69 to sit at 4 under, tied for 16th place with a group that includes defending champion Natalie Gulbis.

Senior British Open - Bruce Vaughan shot par 71, taking a one-shot lead after the second round at Troon, Scotland, 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 his 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 lead.

European - Former champion Mikael Lundberg and Jarmo Sandelin each shot 8-under 64 to share a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Russian Open at Nakhabino.

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