From its Ben Hogan trophy room to its status as the longest-running event at its original site, the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Tex., is among the most venerable stops on the PGA Tour.

This week, the ol' course is playing like a pitch-and-putt.

Steve Stricker shot his second straight 63 yesterday morning, giving him a 14-under-par 126 total that set records for 36 holes and for any consecutive rounds at the Crowne Plaza Invitational - yet was barely enough to top a leaderboard filled with players taking advantage of light wind and pillow-soft greens.

Tim Clark, Vijah Singh and Sean O'Hair shot 64s and were lined up right behind Stricker: Clark was one shot back, Singh one more and O'Hair yet another.

In other tournaments:

* Olin Browne, who turned 50 last week and is playing his first tournament on the Champions Tour, shot a 4-under 67 to join Iowa native Lonnie Nielsen and Bruce Vaughan atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the Principal Charity Classic in West Des Moines, Iowa.

* India's Jeev Milkha Singh and France's Michael Lorenzo-Vera shot 5-under 69s yesterday to share the second-round lead of the European Open in Ash, England. They are at 8-under 136, one stroke ahead of England's Anthony Wall and France's Christian Cevaer. American John Daly missed the cut and then announced he will miss next week's Wales Open.


* Tiger Woods will play next week at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, where he is a three-time winner. He skipped the tournament in 2006, because of the death of his father, Earl, and last year, because of knee trouble. *