Colin Montgomerie and John Daly would seem to have little in common except for their names atop the leaderboard at the American Express Championship. Montgomerie plots his way around the golf course, and while Friday was a battle with jet lag, he scrambled well enough for a 1-under 69 at Harding Park in San Francisco that left him one shot clear of Daly and David Howell of England, with Tiger Woods and five others another shot behind. Cristie Kerr, who led by four strokes after an opening 62, had a second-round 75 that included a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 485-yard 15th, and was four strokes behind the leader. Rain delay: Doug Tewell was one of nine players to complete the first round of the rain-hampered Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C., meaning his 2-under 70 got him the clubhouse lead. Gil Morgan and Don Pooley were one hole from knocking Tewell out of the top spot when plays was to resume this morning. The second round was to immediately follow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Both of us have had plenty of divorces, so we can always talk about that,” Daly cracked after his 67. The reference was to Montgomerie going through a very public divorce last year that contributed to a plunge in the world rankings, down to No. 83 for a proud Scot who for years was the elite among Europeans. Harding Park, the municipal course with a $16 million makeover, has proven to be a worthy test through two rounds. It allows for good scores, dishes out bogeys with the slightest mistake and has so far kept anyone from running away from the field. The result was 13 players within three shots of the lead, and 29 players only five shots behind. A turn of events: Dawn Coe-Jones, who hasn’t won on the LPGA Tour since 1995, shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over seven players after two rounds of the Longs Drugs Challenge in Auburn, Calif. Daly swings for the fences, and he drove the green on a par 4 for the second day in a row, this one on the 336-yard 16th as Woods was lining up a birdie putt ahead of him. Montgomerie and Daly will be in the final group today of this World Golf Championship, along with Howell, connected not only by their tee time but by a desire to bounce back from tough times.