Pate, Funk top Champions Tour leaderboard

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Associated Press

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Steve Pate and Fred Funk and shot 3-under 69 on Saturday to share the second-round lead at 8 under in the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.

Funk, the Insperity Championship winner in May for his seventh victory on the 50-and-over tour, birdied four of the last seven holes. He's eighth in the Schwab Cup standings, 1,130 points behind leader Tom Lehman.

Pate is winless on the Champions Tour after winning six times on the PGA Tour.

Jay Don Blake and Andrew Magee were a stroke back. They shot 70.

Sixty-five-year-old Larry Nelson had a 66 to match Mark McNulty, Mark O'Meara and Mark Wiebe at 6 under. McNulty had a 68, and O'Meara and Wiebe shot 69.

First-round leader Russ Cochran followed his opening 66 with a 73 to finish at 5 under.

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