Senior PGA Championship

Weather or Not?

More rain is predicted for Philadelphia Saturday, and the timing of its arrival could add yet another element of intrigue to an event already awash in good stories. news services

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- If Friday was the dry day at Aronimink Golf Club, then Saturday might be more reminiscent of the rainy beginning of Senior PGA Championship Week. The forecast calls for heavy weather to descend upon the Philadelphia area Saturday afternoon, and the exact timing of the rain�s return could add yet another element of intrigue to a championship already awash in good stories.

To try to beat the weather, tournament officials have moved the Saturday tee times up, with the first group going off at 8:35 a.m. and the leaders teeing off at 10:30 a.m. But the potential for questionable conditions should matter little to co-leader Allen Doyle, who has thrived during his senior career with a swing that is anything but ordinary.

Results, not style, is all he cares about, said Doyle, who fired a 3-under 67 Friday to pull into a tie with Gil Morgan at 4-under 136 after two rounds.

"When I caddied, there was an old pro who told me two things," Doyle said. "One was, 'Don't take lessons from someone who can't beat you.' And, two, 'If you could drive the ball straight and chip and putt, it will shock you how well you will play."'

Doyle has had success following that advice. He had 13 top-10 finishes last year, and 25 in 2001. Overall, he has won seven titles, including the 1999 Senior PGA Championship.

"I never see anybody about the swing," he said. "I go to the range, I hit balls and I do makeshift things until I get the ball doing what I want it to do."

Morgan shot a 66 and needed only 28 putts, including a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole, to tie the course record at Aronimick Golf Club. Seiji Ebihara of Japan also matched the record Friday.

Doyle had seven birdies and four bogies on an up-and-down afternoon.

"If someone told me at the beginning of the day that I'd have seven birdies, I'd have questioned their sanity," Doyle said.

John Jacobs also shot 67 and starts Saturday a stroke back at 137. Tom Kite, Mike San Filippo and Ebihara are two strokes back. Kite shot 68 Friday, while San Filippo had a 70. Defending champion Fuzzy Zoeller was among a group of four at 139.

Craig Stadler, who qualified for the event after turning 50 on June 2, was three shots back despite problems on the greens. He's putted 66 times in his first two rounds but is within striking distance.

"I've been struggling with my putter the last 10 years," Stadler said. "I've been having a lot of trouble with the 15- to 20-footers, misreading nearly every one."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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