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Love Iii Masters Doral

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Despite some unhappy adventures on the back nine, Davis Love III took over sole control of the lead Friday at the halfway point of the Doral-Ryder Open golf tournament in Miami.

And the man who needs a victory to make it into the Masters promises to improve on his 10-under-par 134 total during the next two rounds over Doral’s Blue Monster course.

Coming off a non-winning season last year, Love needs a victory in the next five weeks to achieve his announced goal of making it into the Masters.

Greg Norman had another 68 and led a group at 136 that included Jeff Sluman, young Justin Leonard, former Doral winner Billy Glasson and Joe Ozaki of Japan.

Jack Nicklaus, 55, improved 10 strokes from his opening 77, but only managed to get back to even par for the tournament. It took a score of 1 under to qualify for the final two rounds and Nicklaus was a casualty.

Dave Stockton aced the par-3 17th hole to take the lead in the opening round of the $750,000 PGA Senior’s FHP Health Care Classic at Ojai, Calif.

Stockton hit a 6-iron 162 yards and watched the ball roll the final 10 yards into the hole for his ace en route to a 7-under63.

Stockton’s hole-in-one was only his second in competition since he joined the PGA in 1964.

Golf Magazine has dropped its sponsorship of the Senior Tour Championship after the magazine lost $400,000 on the event last year.

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