Cook leads season-ending Champions event

John Cook during Round 2 of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

John Cook during Round 2 of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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SAN FRANCISCO – Defending champion John Cook shot a 2-under 69 on Friday at Harding Park to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Kite and Tom Lehman in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

A day after opening with seven birdies in a bogey-free 64, Cook was even par through 15 holes before he eagled the par-4 16th. He followed with pars on the final two holes to get to 9-under 133.

Last year, Cook won at Sonoma Golf Club.

Kite had a 67, and Lehman shot a 68.

Mark O’Meara (65), Russ Cochran (68) and Fred Funk (70) were 7 under, and Schwab Cup points leader Bernard Langer (69) was in a group at 6 under after a double bogey on No. 17. Fred Couples was 4 under after a 69.

Couples needs to win to catch Langer in the two-man race for the $1 million annuity. Even if Couples wins, Langer would take the top prize with a two-way tie for fourth or better.

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