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Austin, Calcavecchia lead Watson, Norman at Merrill Lynch Shootout

12/8/2007 - Golf

NAPLES, Fla. -- Woody Austin and Mark Calcavecchia shot a
12-under 60 in best-ball play Saturday to take a two-stroke lead
over tournament host Greg Norman and Bubba Watson after the second
round of the Merrill Lynch Shootout.


Calcavecchia made a 5-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th hole on
the Norman-designed Tiburon ("shark" in Spanish) Golf Club
course.


"It came at a good time," said Calcavecchia, who teamed with
Steve Elkington to win the 1995 tournament. "We nearly made birdie
on the last hole, so it kind of gave us a little bit of a boost
going into [Sunday]."


Austin and Calcavecchia had a 20-under 124 total. They opened
with a 62 on Friday in the modified alternate-shot format. The 12
two-man teams will play a scramble Sunday.


"We go out and play the way we played the first two days, and I
think we like our chances," Austin said.


Norman and Watson shot a 61.


"Any win is a great win, no question about it," Norman said.
"Did I ever think that I would be having a chance to win a golf
tournament again? Probably not, because I don't put the effort or
practice schedule into it that I used to. It's not the fact that my
desire is not there, it's just that I don't feel like to hit balls
a lot anymore."


Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry shot a 62 to join defending champions
Jerry Kelly and Rod Pampling (64) and Elkington and Scott McCarron
(62) at 14 under.


Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman, who shared the first-round lead with
Austin and Calcavecchia, were five back at 13 under after a 67.
Anthony Kim and Mark O'Meara also were 13 under after a 63.