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Long-hitters Daly and Holmes top Shootout leaderboard

NAPLES, Fla. -- Long-hitters John Daly and J.B. Holmes shot
a 10-under 62 on Saturday in the best-ball round to take a
one-stroke lead over two teams in the Merrill Lynch Shootout.

Daly and Holmes, who opened with a 63 on Friday in the modified
alternate shot round, had a 19-under 125 total on the Tiburon Golf
Club course. The $2.75 million event will conclude Sunday with a
scramble round.

Jerry Kelly and Rod Pampling matched Daly and Holmes with a 62
to join Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank (63) at 18 under.

"You don't want to get it too far behind those boys," Pampling
said. "We're far enough behind them off the tee. You don't want to
get far behind them on the score, too."

Daly and Holmes birdied Nos. 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15, then
broke a tie with Kelly and Pampling when Holmes made a 25-foot
birdie putt on No. 18.

"I think we brother-in-lawed it pretty good," Daly said. "The
front nine, I couldn't hit a fairway on the first six holes, and
J.B. kind of took care of that.

"But he played exceptionally well on the back nine. If I hit it
there 7 or 8 feet, he'd hit it in there 2 or 3."

Leonard and Verplank, who shared the first-round lead with Daly
and Holmes, birdied five of their last six holes to tie Kelly and
Pampling.

Defending champions Kenny Perry and John Huston had the lowest
score of the day, an 11-under 61 that moved them into a three-way
tie for fourth with Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini (63) and
Mark O'Meara and Jeff Sluman (63).

The teams of Annika Sorenstam and Fred Couples, and tournament
host Greg Norman and Nick Faldo struggled again. Norman and Faldo
(65) were 11th at 7 under, and Sorenstam and Couples (67) were last
in the 12-team field at 6 under.

"It's been great. I'm loving it," said Sorenstam, the first
female player in the Shootout. "I just wish I could help my
partner a little bit more. He's such a good sport and I'm having a
good time. For me to get a chance to play with Nick Faldo and
Greg Norman, it doesn't get any better than that."

The winners Sunday will split $675,000.