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Bob Duval leads Pittsburgh Senior Classic

August 30, 1997

MIDWAY, Pa. (AP) _ Bob Duval, who got a spot in the Pittsburgh Senior Classic when Orville Moody fractured his wrist, shot a 4-under-par 68 on Saturday to take the second-round lead in the Senior PGA Tour event.

Duval, the father of PGA Tour player David Duval, had an 8-under 136 total on the hilly Quicksilver Golf Club course. Tom Wargo (68), David Graham (68) and John Jacobs (70) were two back at 138.

``I started off with a three-putt on No. 1, but settled down after that,″ said Duval, who birdied all four par-5s. ``I played pretty good. I was able to hit the fairways, which on this course is more important.″

Duval, who finished second two weeks ago in the First of America Classic at Ada, Mich., was the first alternate after finishing fifth in Monday’s qualifying tournament. He got into the field Thursday when Moody fell and broke his wrist in a pro-am outing at nearby Rolling Hills Country Club.

Graham closed with birdies on Nos. 17 and 18.

``These greens are extremely bumpy and difficult to read,″ the Australian said. ``You can hit good putts that don’t go in, and bad putts that do go in because you get a little lucky. They’re tricky.″

Dave Eichelberger, the 1994 winner, shot a 70 to join Ray Arinno (67) at 139. Vicente Fernandez (68), J.C.Snead (70), Hugh Baiocchi (70), Leonard Thompson (70), Jim Dent (71) and John Rech (72) followed at 140.

Eichelberger was at 7-under midway through the back nine, but bogeyed two of the final three holes. Arinno, who turned 50 in May, qualified for the tournament by shooting a 69 in the Monday qualifier.

``I felt comfortable today,″ Arinno said. ``The putts started going in. I had been playing well lately, so I decided to give this a try. It’s taken me a while to relax out here.″

Larry Laoretti shot a 6-under 66, missing Bob Charles’ 1993 tournament record by one stroke. Laoretti was five strokes back at 3-under 141.

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