Rivals learn to share

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Former Georgia Tech University star Troy Matteson shot an 8-under 64 yesterday for a share of the second-round lead in the AT&T Classic with former University of Georgia player Ryuji Imada.

Matteson and Imada (67) had 10-under 134 totals on the Greg Norman-designed TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga. And both failed to take full advantage of the 18th hole, a par-5 that gave up 20 eagles in the second round.

D.J. Brigman (67) was a stroke back, and first-round leader Kevin Sutherland (71) followed at 8-under. Masters champion Zach Johnson (66) was 7-under along with Camilo Villegas (67) and Craig Kanada (70). Villegas flamboyantly removed his cap and bowed to the gallery after hitting a 5-iron within 6 feet on No. 18 set up an eagle.

Victoria's Jim Rutledge, the lone Canadian in the field, missed the cut at 143 after shooting a 149 after two rounds.

Imada birdied the 18th, while Matteson made a par.

"The greens might have been a little softer," Imada said. "The pins were in an easier position, though, today. So it was easier."

Matteson, who became the first Georgia Tech player to win an NCAA individual title five years ago, expects to engage in some trash talk with Imada, the best player on the University of Georgia team that won the 1999 NCAA team championship.

Even though he attended Georgia Tech after Imada left Georgia, the rivalry between the two schools remains intense.

"You know, obviously we hated one another in school, but we're pretty good friends now," Matteson said. "If (Imada) wins or a Tech guy wins, it's always a little bit of bragging rights to take home with you, but it's all in good fun now."

OCHOA CLIMBS INTO FIRST

Sarah Lee presumably was long gone from the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton N.J., by the time Lorena Ochoa finished her round yesterday in the Sybase Classic. That might have been a good thing.

Hours after Lee completed her morning round, the top-ranked Ochoa birdied five of her final eight holes for a 5-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead with Lee.

Ochoa and Lee (69) had 9-under 135 totals. Jane Park (68) was two strokes back.

"I started a little bit off but it turned out to be a good day," Ochoa said.

HARRINGTON AT HOME

Padraig Harrington shot a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead in the Irish Open after the second round yesterday, showing immaculate control in a strong wind.

Boosting his chances of becoming the first Irishman to win the tournament in 25 years, Harrington moved past the four overnight leaders.

Harrington said he particularly wanted to win this tournament.

"This is my national Open," Harrington said. "It means a lot to me. I know I want to win this very badly."

ROUGH START FOR SEVE

Seve Ballesteros got off to a terrible start in his Champions Tour debut, falling 13 strokes behind leader Scott Hoch in the Regions Charity Classic.


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