DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Two weeks ago, Dave Stockton told South African Hugh Baiocchi he behaves like a jerk when he loses his temper.
Baiocchi found a way to keep his cool Friday and shot 3-under-par 69 to tie Tom Kite for the lead at 10-under 134 after two rounds of the Senior Players Championship.
''I was OK,'' Baiocchi said. ''I'm handling myself a little better on the golf course. Maybe I've just reached that age where I've finally learned how to behave.''
Baiocchi and Kite were two strokes ahead of defending champion Hale Irwin, who birdied the final two holes after two rain delays for a 68, and Dana Quigley, who eagled two of the first seven holes in a round of 65.
Stockton, the winner in 1992 and 1994, was tied with England's Brian Barnes, South Africa's Simon Hobday and Jesse Patino at 137. Stockton shot a 66, Hobday and Barnes each had 69s and Patino had a 71.
Kite, in his first year on the senior circuit, is seeking his third victory of the season and his second in a major.
''I'm pleased with a 4 under, but I felt like a left a lot of good putts out there,'' said Kite, who shot 68. ''I had a chance to go much lower.''
Baiocchi, who started the day tied for the lead with John Jacobs and Bruce Fleisher at 7-under 65, has been consulting with sports psychologist Dedra Graham about his temper tantrums. But he says it sometimes gets confusing.
''Maybe coming from South Africa, I'm a bit simple,'' Baiocchi said. ''But all this stuff I battled with, I can't think of all those things on the golf course.
''Golf is not rocket science. You've just got to go find the thing, hit it again, find it and get it in the hole and not get too annoyed about it. That's the tough part for me is to not get annoyed.''
Baiocchi, 35th on the money list, had one bogey on each side, both the result of poor tee shots. He drove into the left rough on the 432-yard ninth and hit a 4-iron over the green, through a bunker and up the hill on the 192-yard 15th.
He was especially upset with the trouble at No. 15. With his temper almost at the boiling point, Baiocchi fluffed his second shot just a few feet -- into a greenside bunker. He was lucky to get up and down for bogey from there.
''I should maybe have hit 5-iron, and I was mumbling to my caddy and saying it was a bad play,'' Baiocchi said. ''I got a bit mumbly and grumbly there, started acting badly.
''But I managed to make bogey. I could quite easily have made double-bogey.''
Kite, who will leave immediately after Sunday's final round to play in the British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews, birdied four holes from Nos. 3-7 to reach 10 under.
Then the wind came up at the TPC of Michigan, a 6,966-yard course designed by Jack Nicklaus around wetlands near the world headquarters of sponsoring Ford Motor Co. The combination of sun and wind made it suddenly more of a Nicklaus golf course, and Kite cooled off.
As he walked up the slope to the 13th, Kite squinted at a leader board across the nearby 18th fairway. He could see that he and Baiocchi, who was finished, were tied. Yet, even with six holes to play, Kite couldn't pull away.
Instead, he 3-putted the 506-yard, par-5 13th, which Kite had reached in two. Over the roar of cars and trucks rumbling past on the freeway running beside No. 15, Kite had to curl in a downhill 12-footer to save par after finding a greenside bunker with his tee shot.
Kite continued to flirt with disaster and finally paid the price at No. 16. His blast from another greenside bunker rolled into the first cut on the far side of the green, and his putt to save par went past the cup, dropping Kite to 9 under.
''I felt like I left a lot on the table,'' Kite said. ''I had an unforced error on No. 16, dumping that shot in the bunker.''
But a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 17 pulled Kite back into a tie for the lead just moments before the first of two rain delays was called at 3:11 p.m. When play resumed, 2 hours, 56 minutes later, Kite's birdie putt from 10 feet at No. 18 just missed the edge of the cup.
''Talk about slow play,'' he said. ''It took nearly three hours to play three shots.''
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