Regions Tradition - R2

Steve Stricker takes 2-shot lead into the weekend

May 09-12
Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama
$2,400,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4, Round 4 (cont.)


Steve Stricker completed a 4-under 68 in the delayed first round and shot a season-best 64 in the second Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.


Stricker, a three-time winner on the 50-and-over tour after winning 12 times on the PGA Tour, had five holes left Thursday when play was suspended because of storms.

David Toms was second after his second bogey-free 67 on Greystone’s Founders Course .

Most players had to finish the first round in the morning after bad weather halted play at midday Thursday, leading to the early start.

“It’s a little uncomfortable because we’re usually not doing that on the Champions Tour,” said Stricker, who had five birdies on his first nine holes. “It’s usually those 11 (a.m.) to 1 (p.m.) tee times, somewhere in there. So those early mornings are not fun sometimes.”

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This one might have been an exception, for Stricker at least. He has only competed in four other senior events this year while splitting time on the PGA Tour. He tied for second at Tradition last year and it’s the only senior major championship he has played in.

His best finish in a PGA Tour major was second to Vijay Singh in the 1998 PGA Championship.

Toms birdied five of his last nine holes. He and Stricker both started on No. 10 and Toms was even par at the turn after a bogey and birdie. The 2018 U.S. Senior Open winner got plenty of chances to observe Stricker’s putting.

“I was watching. We played slow enough that I saw at least every putt that he made,” Toms said. “We didn’t see too many shots into the greens, so I knew he was playing well. I figured they were out there if he was doing it, so I just tried to stay close. I rallied my last nine holes, made five birdies and got within striking distance anyway.”


First-round leader Glen Day followed his opening 64 with an even-par 72 to drop four strokes back.

Billy Andrade was three strokes behind Stricker and two-time champion Bernhard Langer matched Day at four back. Andrade and Day both shot second-round 67s.

An eagle on No. 15 highlighted Scott Parel’s 66 that moved him within five shots from the lead.

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez was six shots back after a 70.

They’ll have an early two-tee start against Saturday with the leaders teeing off at 9 a.m.

Andrade was among those who was off the course before Thursday’s round was stopped.

“I thought it was amazing how dry it was (Friday),” he said. “I thought that for sure it was going to have a lot more casual water, kind of like last week in Houston where you’re dropping, trying to find dry land. This place has drained unbelievably. I couldn’t believe it.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Steve Stricker
-12
68
64
132
2
David Toms
-10
67
67
134
3
Billy Andrade
-9
68
67
135
T4
Bernhard Langer
-8
69
67
136
T4
Glen Day
-8
64
72
136
T6
Paul Goydos
-7
70
67
137
T6
Scott Parel
-7
71
66
137
T8
Gary Hallberg
-6
73
65
138
T8
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-6
68
70
138
T10
Michael Bradley
-5
71
68
139
T10
Paul Broadhurst
-5
73
66
139
T12
Brandt Jobe
-4
71
69
140
T12
Marco Dawson
-4
71
69
140
T12
Kenny Perry
-4
72
68
140
T12
Lee Janzen
-4
74
66
140
T12
Kent Jones
-4
72
68
140
T12
Willie Wood
-4
69
71
140
T12
Kirk Triplett
-4
73
67
140
T12
Tom Byrum
-4
71
69
140
T12
Joey Sindelar
-4
74
66
140
T12
Billy Mayfair
-4
72
68
140
T22
David Frost
-3
73
68
141
T22
Jerry Kelly
-3
71
70
141
T22
Dan Forsman
-3
71
70
141
T22
Tommy Armour III
-3
76
65
141
T22
Retief Goosen
-3
74
67
141
T22
Shaun Micheel
-3
73
68
141
T22
Steve Jones
-3
68
73
141
T29
Tom Lehman
-2
73
69
142
T29
Jeff Maggert
-2
69
73
142
T29
Stephen Ames
-2
71
71
142
T29
Rocco Mediate
-2
74
68
142
T29
Mike Goodes
-2
70
72
142
T34
José María Olazábal
-1
71
72
143
T34
Joe Durant
-1
74
69
143
T34
Ian Woosnam
-1
72
71
143
T34
Fred Funk
-1
72
71
143
T34
Darren Clarke
-1
72
71
143
T34
Corey Pavin
-1
73
70
143
T40
Jerry Pate
E
70
74
144
T40
Esteban Toledo
E
72
72
144
T40
Scott Hoch
E
73
71
144
T40
Doug Garwood
E
74
70
144
T40
Olin Browne
E
71
73
144
T40
Ken Tanigawa
E
75
69
144
T40
Duffy Waldorf
E
72
72
144
T47
Steve Flesch
1
75
70
145
T47
Tim Petrovic
1
75
70
145
T47
Kevin Sutherland
1
73
72
145
T50
Gene Sauers
2
72
74
146
T50
Carlos Franco
2
76
70
146
T50
Spike McRoy
2
73
73
146
T50
Jeff Sluman
2
73
73
146
T50
David McKenzie
2
79
67
146
T55
Scott McCarron
3
73
74
147
T55
Bart Bryant
3
74
73
147
T55
Wes Short, Jr.
3
75
72
147
T55
Tommy Tolles
3
72
75
147
T55
Vijay Singh
3
72
75
147
T60
John Huston
4
75
73
148
T60
Mark Calcavecchia
4
77
71
148
T60
Woody Austin
4
74
74
148
T60
Tom Pernice Jr.
4
79
69
148
T60
Chris DiMarco
4
75
73
148
T60
Russ Cochran
4
75
73
148
T60
Mark McNulty
4
78
70
148
T60
Fran Quinn
4
75
73
148
68
Paul Lawrie
5
76
73
149
T69
Steve Pate
6
78
72
150
T69
Len Mattiace
6
76
74
150
71
Jerry Smith
7
80
71
151
72
Bob Gilder
8
78
74
152
73
Tom Kite
12
77
79
156
74
Tom Gillis
17
81
80
161
WD
Dudley Hart
76
76
WD
Colin Montgomerie
74
75
149
WD
Larry Nelson
73
36
109
DQ
Jesper Parnevik
70
72
142