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Jenkins in lead as second round finally ends

6/25/2006 - Golf

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Tom Jenkins had a par and a bogey
Sunday morning to complete his second round in the Commerce Bank
Championship and held a one-stroke lead over Jay Haas and Gil
Morgan.

The final round at the 7,011-yard Red Course at Eisenhower Park
was scheduled to begin in the late morning, but the same weather
system that caused three delays and finally suspended the round
Saturday was still in the area.

A Champions Tour event is official after 36 holes, so the first
prize of $225,000 from the purse of $1.5 million would be awarded
if the third round wasn't completed.

Jenkins was 8 under through 16 holes when play was stopped
Saturday, and was three shots in front of Haas, who is looking for
his fourth straight Champions Tour win, which would match the
record set by Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1987.

Jenkins had a par and then bogeyed the par-4 18th to complete
his 7-under 64 in a light rain and was at 9-under 133 for the two
rounds.

Haas sandwiched a birdie on the par-5 17th around two pars as he
completed a second-round 65 on Sunday. Morgan had two birdies --
both on par-5s -- in the seven holes he played Sunday to finish with
a 69.

First-round leader Allen Doyle (71), David Eger (65), Bruce
Fleisher (67) and Tom Wargo (68) were at 7-under 135.

Defending champion Ron Streck had a second-round 70 and was at
139.

The last Champions Tour event to be reduced to 36 holes by
weather was the Bayer Advantage Classic in Overland Park, Kan. last
year. The Bank of America Championship in Concord, Mass., was a
total washout earlier this month because of heavy rain.