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Rains Sink 2nd Round in Daytona Afternoon Suspension Splits Field

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rains Sink 2nd Round in Daytona Afternoon Suspension Splits Field

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DAYTONA BEACH -- A stormy afternoon yesterday will result in a marathon today at the Mercury Titleholders Championship.

The second round of the LPGA Tour's hometown tournament was suspended with 72 players (exactly half the field) still on the LPGA International course as thunderstorms swept through the area. The round was called at 6 p.m. and those unable to finish their second round will resume play at 7:30 a.m. today.

Tour officials project that the third round will begin at around 11 a.m., with the leaders starting around 1 p.m.

Before the deluge, six-year veteran Becky Iverson rode a new driver and a timely tip to a 66, and finished with the clubhouse lead at 10-under-par 134. A shot behind is 12-year pro and part-time Liz Claiborne model Kris Tschetter (67), and two off the pace is 1998 player of the year Annika Sorenstam (68), a habitual late starter who is seeking her first victory of the year.

Hall of Fame member Nancy Lopez, winner of 48 LPGA Tour events but none in two years, had a 66, with a spectacular birdie on the final hole, to finish at 7-under 137. Also at 7-under is Annette DeLuca (66), a Harley-Davidson motorcycle buff who has played mainly on minitours in the Far East and South Florida.

Current leading money-winner Karrie Webb, who has four holes to play; and Helen Alfredsson, who has six holes left, are both at 7-under.

A group finishing at 6-under includes veteran Chris Johnson, who played the last four holes at 5-under par and set a course and personal record with a 63, Terri-Jo Myers (67) and A.J. Eathorne (66).

Iverson has won only once on Tour, the 1995 Friendly's Classic. She has been plagued by knee and shoulder injuries since then, and hasn't had a top-10 finish since 1997.

But she said switching to an Orlimar driver this week and getting an important tip from coach Harry Zimmerman has given her renewed confidence. She missed only one fairway, and used the new driver on every par-4 and par-5 hole.

"My swing had gotten too upright, and Harry got me to flatten it out some," said Iverson. "And the new driver has given me 15 more yards, and more accuracy. …

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