Lee Janzen, battling swirling wind that dried the course Friday afternoon, shot a steady 3-under-par 69 to pull into a tie with Provo's Dan Forsman for the lead after two rounds of the Houston Open.
Janzen, with five top-25 finishes this year, and Forsman, whose best finish this year was 29th, were both at 6-under 138.David Duval, the No. 2 money winner on the tour, was at 139, and seven golfers were at 4-under 140, including Fred Couples, this year's Bob Hope winner, and John Huston, the winner at Hawaii in February and seventh on the money list.
Also at 4-under were Canadian Stephen Ames, Mike Hulbert, Australian Peter O'Malley, Jay Delsing and first-round co-leader Franklin Langham, who followed an opening 66 with a 74.
Couples and Ames each shot 68, the low rounds of the day, as the temperature climbed well into the 80s and the wind gusted, particularly in the afternoon.
Janzen, who started the day 3-under, had 10 straight pars before consecutive birdies at Nos. 11, 12 and 13, then parred the final five holes.
Forsman, who played early in the day before the Texas heat and breeze made the Tournament Players Course at The Woodlands more treacherous, shot a 70. He started quickly with birdies on his first two holes, rolling in 30- and 15-foot putts.
But he had just two more birdies for the round, getting to 7-under for the tournament before a drive on his 14th hole went far right into some pine straw, leading to a bogey.
LPGA TITLEHOLDERS: Except for two balls in the water on the last two holes, Dawn Coe-Jones could have opened a sizable lead Friday in the second round of the Mercury Titleholders Championship at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Instead, she's one stroke ahead of a bunched leaderboard that includes a bunch of Swedes.
Coe-Jones finished with a double bogey and a bogey for a 2-under-par 70 that put her at 135, one stroke ahead of LPGA champion Chris Johnson, Kris Monaghan and hard-charging Annika Sorenstam of Sweden.
Three other Swedes - Carin Koch, Catrin Nilsmark and Eva Dahloff - were in the group at 137.
Twenty players are within four strokes of the lead going into the weekend. The group at 5-under 139 includes rookie Kelli Kuehne, whom Nike regarded as the Tiger Woods of women's golf when it signed her to an endorsement deal even before she qualified for the LGPA tour.
BRUNO'S SENIOR: Terry Dill shot the best round of his pro career and tied a course record with a 9-under-par 63 that gave him a three-stroke lead Friday after the first round of the Bruno's Memorial Classic at Hoover, Ala.
Dill made birdies on four of the five par-5s at the 6,992-yard Greystone Country Club course and matched the 63s carded by Jack Kiefer in 1992 and Graham Marsh in 1995.
Second to Dill was 1996 champion John Bland. Hugh Baiocchi had a 67 and stood a stroke ahead of six players.
Tied for fourth, one stroke behind Baiocchi, were Vicente Fernandez, Miller Barber, Midway's Bruce Summerhays, Larry Nelson, Jose Maria Canizares and Frank Connor.