Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

McCumber 4 Shots off Lead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

McCumber 4 Shots off Lead

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Byline: Gary Smits, Times-Union sports writer

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Mark McCumber tried to feign disappointment.

"Playing late on Saturday . . . shoot, that messes up my Magic Kingdom schedule."

He's a real kidder. But on the whole, yesterday's second round of the National Car Rental Classic was no joke.

McCumber, a 50-year-old Jacksonville native who has waged a lengthy battle against spinal problems since 1997, shot a bogey-free 66, putted for birdie or eagle on every hole of the Disney World Palm Course, and found himself on the first page of a PGA Tour leaderboard for the first time in five years.

Following up a first-round 69 that had been his first in the 60s in 10 Tour starts this year, McCumber made a 20-foot birdie putt at the long, par-4 18th hole to finish the day at 9-under-par 136, four shots off the lead of 13 under held by Tour rookie Kaname Yokoo (65 at the Palm) of Japan.

McCumber is among six players tied for ninth, including Len Mattiace (70, Palm) of Jacksonville and Stewart Cink (70, Magnolia). Jerry Smith (66, Magnolia) is a shot behind Yokoo at 12 under, Davis Love III (66, Magnolia) of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Jose Coceres (65, Magnolia) are at 11 under, and Vijay Singh (68, Magnolia) of Ponte Vedra Beach and PGA champion David Toms (68, Magnolia) are among four players tied at 10 under.

Tiger Woods, the world's No. 1-ranked player, shot 67 at the Magnolia Course and is 8 under, along with Blaine McCallister (69, Palm) of Ponte Vedra, John Huston (66, Palm), Jesper Parnevik (65, Palm) and Stuart Appleby (67, Palm).

Rocco Mediate of Ponte Vedra matched the day's low round with a 64 at Magnolia, and is 7 under.

McCumber made his first cut of a limited Tour schedule this year, and will be playing on the weekend for only the fourth time in 31 starts since lesions on his spinal cord began sapping his strength and stamina during the offseason between 1996 and 1997. …

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