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Dunlap Charges to Lead in Boeing Classic


Scott Dunlap fired a 9-under 63 to soar to the top of the leaderboard of the Boeing Classic. The $2 million Champions Tour event began Friday at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge east of Seattle.

Dunlap, a 51-year-old with two victories on the regular PGA Tour, carded seven birdies and an eagle on the par-4 fourth to reach 12-under 132, a stroke ahead of Doug Garwood, who posted a 66.

Three back of Dunlap are Tommy Armour III (68) and Mark Brooks (70), while four behind are Joe Durant (68), Fred Funk (68) and Woody Austin (69).

Trailing the leader by five are Olin Browne (67), Michael Allen (69), Tom Pernice Jr. (69), Mark McNulty (71) and Gene Sauers (71).

Sharing 13th at 6-under 138 are Russ Cochran (68), Chip Beck (68) and Mark O'Meara (72).

First-round leader Mike Goodes, who opened with a 64, slipped into a tie for 16th at 139 following a 75. The 57-year-old Goodes, a native of North Carolina with one title on the over-50 circuit, recorded two birdies but had five bogeys.

Also at 139 heading into Sunday's final round are Blaine McCallister (69), Marco Dawson (70) and Joey Sindelar (70).

Hometown favorite, Fred Couples, a native of Seattle, shot his second straight 71 and is 10 strokes behind Dunlap.

The runaway leader in the Charles Schwab Cup points' standings, Bernhard Langer, followed up his opening 70 with a 71 is at 3-under with six others. The 56-year-old German has five victories - including two majors - on the Champions Tour this season.

Defending Boeing Classic champion John Riegger is at 1-under off rounds of 73 and 70.

For complete scoring details, visit http://www.pgatour.com/champions/leaderboard.html.