Saturday, 03 August 2002
Australia's Mike Ferguson and Japan's Seiji Ebihara hold a share of the lead heading into the third round of the rain delayed De Vere PGA Seniors Championship at the De Vere Carden Park resort in Cheshire.

Ferguson was one behind Seiji Ebihara when bad light stopped play after he had played six holes of his second round on Friday night but he returned to the Carden Park course yesterday morning and played the remaining 12 holes in two under par to tie the current Number One on the European Seniors Tour on eight under par 136.

The duo go into the second round one shot ahead of Scotland's John Chillas who added a three under par 69 to his opening 68 for a two round seven under par
aggregate of 137.

America's George Burn and Australia's Noel Ratcliffe are in tie for fourth place on 138 and defending champion, Australia's Ian Stanley, is among the large group one shot further back on 139.

Ebihara, 53, from Chiba, who has won both the AIB Irish Seniors Open and the Wales Seniors Open already this season, was one of just 49 golfers who completed their second rounds on Friday after torrential rain caused a six
and a half hour delay to the start of play. However, once play started, the Japanese golfer wasted no time in setting himself up for a hat-trick of victories, adding a flawless five under par 67 to his opening 69.

Ferguson's performance was more of a surprise and represented a huge change in fortunes since last week's Senior British Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club, in Newcastle, Northern Island. The Australian started well with opening rounds of 72 and 71 in Northern
Island but then had to disqualify himself on the Saturday morning after realising he signed for a wrong score on one hole the previous evening.

"I have put all that behind me," said Ferguson, who has won 16 Tour events Down Under and is the brother-in-law of the late US Open champion, Payne Stewart.

"It wasn't much much fun having to report the mistake but it is one of those things that happens from time to time.
"Hopefully this week end on ahappier note," he added. "I have been hitting the ball well but could have scored better because I three-putted both of the last two holes."

"But I am pleased with where I am and hope that I can keep it going over the next two rounds."

At the other end of the leaderboard, two former Ryder Cup captains, Tony Jacklin and Bernard Gallacher, both missed the cut. Gallacher, winner of the recent Mobile Cup at the Stoke Park Club in Buckinghamshire, missed out by a single shot after recording a two over par
74 to finish on three over par 147. Jacklin, the former Open and US Open champion, eagled the last for a round of 76 but still missed out by two shots.

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