Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Colbert, North Weather Elements, Maintain Lead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Colbert, North Weather Elements, Maintain Lead

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ST. AUGUSTINE -- The weather featured a little of everything during the second round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf yesterday.

But so did leaders Jim Colbert and Andy North.

Calling on all of their skills against rain, shifting winds and changing course conditions, the teammates combined for a 66 in the best-ball format and at 19-under-par 125 maintained the three-shot lead they held at the start of a long, arduous day on The Slammer & The Squire course at the World Golf Village.

"It was very difficult . . . very frustrating," said Senior PGA Tour rookie North.

But also very impressive. The two birdied three of their last five holes on the toughest stretch of the course to open a lead that had slipped to one shot at one point. Defending champions Gil Morgan and Hubert Green (66), 1997 Legends champions Graham Marsh and John Bland (65) and John Mahaffey and Tom Wargo (64, the day's low round) are tied for second at 16 under, and Bruce Fleisher and David Graham (67) and J.C. Snead and Gibby Gilbert (66) are at 15 under.

Tom Watson and Lanny Wadkins, who began the day tied for second and three shots behind, made only one birdie on the back nine and ended at 14 under with a 68.

Colbert and North began their round in steady rain, and got through three holes before it turned into a deluge that dumped more than an inch on the course and suspended play for more than two hours.

After play resumed, North two-putted for birdie at the par-5 fourth hole, Colbert hit a nifty tee shot to 10 feet away on the par-3 seventh hole (making the birdie putt) and North made another two-putt birdie at the par-5 eighth hole.

They parred the next five holes, then swapped Colbert's 10-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole for their only bogey so far this week at the par-3 15th.

But Colbert responded with a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-5 16th, and North made one of only two birdies for the day at the long, par-4 17th, on a 6-foot putt.

"[Friday] we had a lot of double chances . . . both of us hit the ball on the green to 8-10 feet, and one of us would make birdie," Colbert said. "[Yesterday], we had to work for it a little more. …

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