Fleischer holds slim lead at FedEx Kinko's Classic

Updated: April 29, 2006, 9:52 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKEWAY, Texas -- Bruce Fleisher aced the 177-yard third hole to counter two opening bogeys and finished with a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead Saturday after the second round of the wind-swept FedEx Kinko's Classic.

The 57-year-old Fleisher, winless since taking the 2004 Bruno's Memorial Classic for his 18th Champions Tour, had a 7-under 137 total on The Hills course. He used a 5-iron for the hole-in-one on No. 3 and added birdies on Nos. 9, 12 and 17.

"That shot helped turned my round around because as hard as the wind was blowing, it was going the other way," said Fleisher, who has four aces on the Champions Tour and one the PGA Tour. "When you hit it close, it's skill. When it goes in, it's lucky."

He's attempting to become the oldest winner this year.

"It's tough out here with all these young kids coming up," said Fleisher, who won seven times in 1999 and four in 2000.

Craig Stadler and senior newcomer David Edwards were tied for second after 70s, and Tom Kite (71) and Ireland's Des Smyth (69) were another stroke back.

Edwards, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, is making his first start on the 50-and-over tour after turning 50 on April 18.

"I've been pretty eager for this week to arrive," Edwards said. "I've been playing pretty good and practicing good, but nothing beats being out here in competition."

Stadler had a bogey-free round.

"I putted terrible today, but played good, but that's what you need some of the time," he said.

Kite, the former University of Texas star who lives in Austin, is trying to win a PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Texas for the first time. He is winless in Texas in 98 starts on the PGA Tour and 10 on the Champions Tour.

Smyth had a three-stroke lead on the back nine, but dropped a stroke with a bogey on No. 3 and slipped further back with a double bogey on the par-5 18th.

"I made double bogey at 18 yesterday and double bogey today so that one hole has cost my plenty," Smyth said.

Jay Haas, coming off a victory last week in the Legends of Golf, followed his opening 68 with a 72 to join Bob Gilder (69) and Mark James (69) at 4 under. Defending champion Jim Thorpe was 2 under after a 70.

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