Stadler in lead at First Tee Open

Sept. 4, 2004 at 11:17 PM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Craig Stadler, fresh from his victory last week at the Tradition, shot a nine-under 63 Saturday to take the lead at The First Tee Open.

Stadler is nine-under-par 135 after 36 holes and leads by one over Jay Haas.

Haas, who was picked to the United States Ryder Cup team, shot a six-under 66 and is at eight-under-par 136.

Tom Kite, who won the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and Hale Irwin, each posted rounds of six-under 66 and are tied for third place with D.A. Weibring (71) and Gary McCord (68). That group is knotted at five-under-par 139.

"This game is so much fun when you're making putts," said Stadler. "I darn near made everything today. This is my best round here. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

David Eger, who held the first-round lead, is tied for seventh with Ed Dougherty at 140.

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