Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Burke's 66 Ties Maggert for Lead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Burke's 66 Ties Maggert for Lead

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ORLANDO -- Patrick Burke continues to play well on the Florida

swing of the PGA Tour under difficult emotional circumstances.

He put together another solid round yesterday, a 66 that

included five birdies in a seven-hole swing to give him a share

of the second-round lead of the Bay Hill Invitational with Jeff

Maggert at the Bay Hill Lodge and Club.

Both are at 7-under par 137, a shot better than one-handed

putter Mike Hulbert (69) and Glen Day (71), who are at 6-under

138. There's a five-way tie for fifth at 5-under 139 among Corey

Pavin (70), Mark O'Meara (72), Jeff Sluman (69), Tom Purtzer

(70) and Steve Jones (70).

Burke's father, Mike Burke, was a well-known club pro in

Hollywood, Fla., before his death last fall. Since the Tour

moved to Florida, Burke has had to deal with playing in his

native state and accepting the condolences and memories of his

father from numerous well-wishers.

But he has found his refuge on the golf course. Burke tied for

eighth at the Doral-Ryder Open and for 33rd at the Honda

Classic, and he's well on his way to topping last year's 119th

place on the money list. Burke has dropped his scoring average

on Tour almost three strokes since the Florida swing began at

Doral and this week he made his fourth consecutive cut.

"A lot of people are happy I'm playing well," said Burke, whose

best performance in five years on Tour was a tie for seventh at

the Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic last fall. "This was the

last place my Dad saw me play. I think about it at night but the

course is a nice place to get away from it."

One of the more recognizable figures on Tour because of his

beard and long, flowing hair, Burke dropped short birdie putts

on the sixth and seventh holes to get his motor running, then

responded to a bogey at No. …

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