Haas on top by 2 at Pebble Beach

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Jay Haas fired a seven-under 65 Saturday to grab a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Haas, a two-time runner-up at this event, finished 36 holes at 11-under-par 133. He will go for his 10th Champions Tour title on Sunday.

The Champions Tour players were paired with amateurs from the First Tee program for the first two rounds and split one round apiece at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course. Pebble Beach will play host to the final round.

Haas played his second round at Pebble Beach, as did Brad Bryant.

Bryant carded a four-under 68 to move into a share of second place at minus- nine with Bobby Clampett (66) and Mark Brooks (64), who both played their rounds at Del Monte.

First-round leader Russ Cochran, who was a two-time winner last year, slid into a tie for fifth place at minus-eight after posting a one-under 71 at Del Monte on Saturday.

Haas did most of his scoring on the front nine at Pebble Beach. His first birdie came on the par-five second. After a par on the third, Haas drained three straight birdie efforts from the fourth to jump to minus-eight.

The 57-year-old grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie on the par-four eighth. Haas parred nine and 10 before moving to 10-under with a birdie on the 11th.

Haas ran off six pars in a row from the 12th.

"Certainly, the [par] at No. 12 was a huge save there. You can't miss the green to the right when the pin is right," Haas explained on television. "I was taking my medicine and happened to make that putt."

He closed with a birdie at the par-five 18th to push his advantage to two shots.

"I hit the ball well and also made a lot of nice putts," Haas said in a televised interview. "When I did hit a couple of crazy shots, I was able to recover. Anything in the 60s at Pebble is nice, 65 is especially sweet."

Bryant also started his round on the first at Pebble Beach. He tripped to a bogey on the third, but carded five birdies the rest of the way to share second.

Clampett was the first one to minus-nine. He opened with back-to-back birdies from the first at Del Monte, but faltered to a bogey on the third. After posting four birdies in a five-hole stretch from the seventh, Clampett tripped to another bogey on the 12th.

The 51-year-old Clampett birdied 16 and 17 to finish at minus-nine.

Brooks ran off four consecutive birdies to open his round. He made the turn at six-under after a birdie on the ninth. He also birdied No. 12, but gave that stroke back with a bogey at the 14th.

The 1996 PGA Champion holed out for eagle on the par-four 14th to jump to eight-under. Brooks birdied the par-five 17th to get within two of the lead.

Cochran was joined in fifth place by Jim Thorpe (69), who also played Del Monte on Saturday, and Steve Lowery (68), Jeff Sluman (68) and David Eger (70), who all played Pebble Beach in round two.

NOTES: Haas, whose best finishes this year were a pair of fifth place ties, owned a piece of the 36-hole lead for the ninth time in his Champions Tour career...He has won six of the previous eight times he has had the 36-hole lead, including two in a row and four of his last five overall...Defending champion Ted Schulz fired a five-under 67 at Del Monte to move into a share of 17th at four-under-par 140. 


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