Johnson has 63 to seize senior lead

March 19, 2005 at 9:41 PM
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 19 (UPI) -- Mark Johnson shot an 8-under 63 Saturday to take a three-shot lead after two rounds of the Toshiba Senior Classic at 12-under 130.

Keith Fergus is in second place after a 66-133. Tom Jenkins and Wayne Levi are tied for third at 134 68s in the second round.

First round leader Gil Morgan (70) is tied for fifth place with Mike Reid (65) and Ben Crenshaw (67) at 135.

Sunday, Johnson, a former beer truck driver, will go for his first Champions Tour title. This is the first time in his brief Champions Tour career that he has held a lead.

"It was nice to have a good round for my mom on her birthday," Johnson said. "I was very fortunate to make numerous putts today. I'll be nervous on Sunday for sure."

John Bland, Dave Eichelberger, Mark McNulty and Lonnie Nielsen are in eighth place at 6-under 136.

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