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PLAYER AHEAD BY 2\

PLAYER AHEAD BY 2\

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Gary Player birdied three consecutive holes on the back nine and shot a 6-under-par 65 Saturday for a 2-stroke lead after two rounds of the Senior Tour's Royal Caribbean Classic.

Player was at 10-under 132. Chi Chi Rodriguez, who shared the first-round lead with Bruce Crampton, shot a 68 and was in second place at 8-under.Al Geiberger birdied four of the final five holes for a 65, leaving him in third place with a 135 total.

Crampton fell into a five-way tie for fourth place when he drove into a patch of mangroves at No. 18 and then hit into a bunker on his way to a double bogey. Crampton shot a 70 and was tied at 6-under with defending champion Lee Trevino and three others.

The tournament on the Links at Key Biscayne is the first full-field event of the Senior Tour season.

Player, seeking his 16th senior victory, made consecutive birdies at Nos. 13, 14 and 15. The last one came on a 35-foot putt. He played the final 11 holes in 6-under par.

Tom Shaw also had a 65 and was at 6-under, tied with Crampton, Trevino, Bob Charles and Senior Tour rookie Simon Hobday. He shot his second consecutive 68 despite a double bogey at the par-4 11th hole.

Trevino, who struggled to a 70 in the opening round, birdied four of the first six holes on his way to a 66.

Trevino trailed by 5 shots with three holes left last year, but he won when leader Jim Dent played the final three holes in 4-over.

``That's not going to happen again,' Trevino said with a chuckle. ``That was a gift.'

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