Wadkins takes 3-shot lead into final round


DESTIN, Fla. (AP) – Bobby Wadkins followed his course-record 62 with an even-par 71 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over Craig Stadler and John Harris after the second round of the Boeing Championship.

Wadkins, winless on the Champions Tour since 2001, had three birdies and three bogeys to finish at 9-under 133 total on The Raven Golf Club course.

Stadler (65) and Harris (66) were 6 under, and Loren Roberts (68) and Curtis Strange (71) were another stroke behind at 5 under. Roberts won the first three events of the year and leads the tour’s money list.

Stadler and Strange ran into trouble on No. 17, with Stadler taking a double bogey and Strange dropping three strokes with a triple bogey.

Strange had pulled within a shot of Wadkins with his second steady round, until he put a pair of shots into the water at 17 to drop four back.

Stadler also hit into the water on the hole. He was on his way to a brilliant afternoon with eight birdies in 13 holes before his double bogey.

Harris, who captained an NCAA championship hockey team at the University of Minnesota under coach Herb Brooks in 1974, and Strange are both seeking their first Champions Tour titles.

Tim Simpson, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour who never won a tour event after being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 1991, shot a 70 after opening his Champions Tour debut with a 75. Defending champion Jim Thorpe followed a 75 with a 69.

Tournament officials said 20,800 fans attended the second round at The Raven, which is hosting its first professional tournament.