U.S. Senior Open R2

Steve Stricker takes 2-shot lead into the weekend

June 27-30
Warren Golf Course Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
$4,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly both shot bogey-free rounds of 6-under 64 in the second round Friday leaving Stricker with a 2-shot lead.

Stricker broke the tournament 36-hole record at 14-under 126, a day after shooting an event-record 62 for a share of the first-round lead. Kelly, who won the playoff over Stricker and Retief Goosen last week in the Madison event that Stricker hosts, was two strokes back after their morning rounds.


”I’ve known Jerry from a young age when we were playing amateur events and junior events across Wisconsin,” said the 52-year-old Stricker, the Regions Tradition winner last month for his first major title. ”It’s good to see him playing well. I knew this course would set up well for him. He’s doing everything well as it shows from winning last week.”

Stricker has plenty of motivation from his loss Sunday when he missed a birdie putt on the final hole of regulation and bogeyed the first playoff hole.

”It stings a little bit,” Stricker said. ”I feel good going around this course. It fits my eye well. It’s a treat to go around here and play, and I like what I’ve been doing so far.”

The 53-year-old Kelly, who admits his personality is the polar opposite of Stricker’s quiet nature, says they have helped each other during their low moments on both tours.


”It’s competition and support and friendship,” Kelly said. ”I appreciate everything (Stricker’s) done for my game. I hope he knows I’ve been there for him.”

The victory last week was Kelly’s fourth on the 50-and-over tour. He has also won three PGA Tour titles.

”Definitely a continuation of last week,” he said. ”(I’ve) got a great feel the last five weeks. It’s low every week (on the PGA Tour Champions). So it teaches you to keep going, keep going.”

Toms was third at 11 under after a 67. He played in the afternoon when wind the picked up.

”I had some ups and downs, not quite as solid as yesterday but not many days are,” Toms said. ”I think the wind played a factor, what wind we had in the middle of the round, as far as trying to get a ball close to the pin. You had to pay attention to that.”

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Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen had a 65 to get to 9 under in Senior Open debut. The South African rebounded from a bogey on the 13th hole with four straight birdies.

”It’s nice to have that finish and (be) five behind with two rounds to go,” Goosen said. ”Just got to get on a good run.”

Bob Estes (65), Chris DiMarco (66) and Kirk Triplett (68) followed at 8 under.

Among those returning for the weekend is Tom Watson, who matched his age with a 69 on Thursday and bettered it Friday with an afternoon 68 that included consecutive birdies at holes 15-17.

”I wanted to be here on the weekend again,” Watson said. ”At my age, you never know how many more USGA championships you’re going to play in.


Watson’s long-time rival, 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus, is now a behind-the-ropes fan and raised his arms in celebration next to wife Barbara when son Gary, playing in his first Senior Open, birdied his final hole for a 71 that left him at 1-under 139 and also playing this weekend.

There were 41 golfers under-par 140 after two rounds with the 36-hole cut coming at 2-over 142. After yielding 41 sub-par rounds Thursday, Warren surrendered 39 Friday.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Steve Stricker
-14
62
64
126
2
Jerry Kelly
-12
64
64
128
3
David Toms
-11
62
67
129
4
Retief Goosen
-9
66
65
131
T5
Chris DiMarco
-8
66
66
132
T5
Bob Estes
-8
67
65
132
T5
Kirk Triplett
-8
64
68
132
T8
Duffy Waldorf
-6
65
69
134
T8
Bernhard Langer
-6
66
68
134
T8
Billy Andrade
-6
66
68
134
T8
Tommy Armour III
-6
69
65
134
12
Mark R. Brown
-5
66
69
135
T13
Joe Durant
-4
67
69
136
T13
Paul Goydos
-4
67
69
136
T13
Jeff Gallagher
-4
69
67
136
T16
Steve Jones
-3
71
66
137
T16
Kevin Sutherland
-3
67
70
137
T16
Tom Lehman
-3
68
69
137
T16
Jeff Maggert
-3
70
67
137
T16
Toru Suzuki
-3
65
72
137
T16
Woody Austin
-3
68
69
137
T16
Tom Watson
-3
69
68
137
T16
Stephen Ames
-3
70
67
137
T16
Ken Tanigawa
-3
68
69
137
T16
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-3
66
71
137
T16
Vijay Singh
-3
65
72
137
T16
Kent Jones
-3
70
67
137
T28
Wes Short, Jr.
-2
68
70
138
T28
Gary Orr
-2
70
68
138
T28
Jay Haas
-2
70
68
138
T28
Jeff Sluman
-2
67
71
138
T28
Paul Broadhurst
-2
71
67
138
T28
Fran Quinn
-2
68
70
138
T34
Doug Garwood
-1
70
69
139
T34
Clark Dennis
-1
69
70
139
T34
Peter Fowler
-1
71
68
139
T34
Gary Nicklaus
-1
68
71
139
T34
Jean-Francois Remesy
-1
70
69
139
T34
Tim Petrovic
-1
69
70
139
T34
Roger Chapman
-1
70
69
139
T34
Tom Werkmeister
-1
72
67
139
T42
Tom Byrum
E
73
67
140
T42
Billy Mayfair
E
68
72
140
T42
Ken Duke
E
70
70
140
T42
Corey Pavin
E
68
72
140
T42
Colin Montgomerie
E
68
72
140
T42
Scott Parel
E
67
73
140
T42
Marco Dawson
E
72
68
140
T42
Kirk Hanefeld
E
69
71
140
T42
Phillip Price
E
72
68
140
T42
Bart Bryant
E
72
68
140
T42
Lee Janzen
E
70
70
140
T53
Prayad Marksaeng
1
72
69
141
T53
Paul Lawrie
1
70
71
141
T53
Rocco Mediate
1
72
69
141
T53
Mark O’Meara
1
68
73
141
T53
Brad Bryant
1
71
70
141
T53
Scott Dunlap
1
71
70
141
T53
Scott McCarron
1
72
69
141
T53
Kohki Idoki
1
69
72
141
CUT
Jim Estes
2
69
73
142
CUT
Steve Sear
2
72
70
142
CUT
Jay Williamson
2
73
69
142
CUT
Michael Campbell
2
72
70
142
CUT
Cliff Kresge
2
71
71
142
CUT
Steve Flesch
2
72
70
142
CUT
John Cook
2
70
72
142
CUT
Jesús Rivas
2
68
74
142
CUT
Michael McCoy (a)
2
71
71
142
CUT
Paul Streeter
3
70
73
143
CUT
Stephen Dodd
3
73
70
143
CUT
Fred Funk
3
69
74
143
CUT
Willie Wood
3
72
71
143
CUT
Dick Mast
3
72
71
143
CUT
Jim Schuman
3
73
70
143
CUT
Mark Calcavecchia
3
72
71
143
CUT
Greg Meyer
3
70
73
143
CUT
Shaun Micheel
3
74
69
143
CUT
Olin Browne
3
72
71
143
CUT
Brad Lardon
3
70
73
143
CUT
Ray Morton (a)
4
72
72
144
CUT
Jay Gregory (a)
4
72
72
144
CUT
Glen Day
4
72
72
144
CUT
Greg Kraft
4
72
72
144
CUT
Jong-Duck Kim
4
68
76
144
CUT
Esteban Toledo
4
70
74
144
CUT
Mike Genovese
4
74
70
144
CUT
Steve Larick
4
71
73
144
CUT
Kevin Hayashi
4
73
71
144
CUT
Brandt Jobe
4
70
74
144
CUT
Tom Pernice Jr.
4
70
74
144
CUT
Mike Meehan
4
72
72
144
CUT
Todd Hamilton
5
73
72
145
CUT
Darren Clarke
5
73
72
145
CUT
Scott Verplank
5
70
75
145
CUT
Donald Wright
5
71
74
145
CUT
Jeff Brehaut
5
73
72
145
CUT
Bob Royak (a)
5
74
71
145
CUT
Robert Rannow
5
71
74
145
CUT
Gene Sauers
5
68
77
145
CUT
Jarmo Sandelin
5
72
73
145
CUT
Miguel Angel Martin
6
74
72
146
CUT
Roger Rowland
6
71
75
146
CUT
Chris Smith
6
76
70
146
CUT
Christopher Williams
6
71
75
146
CUT
Magnus P. Atlevi
6
73
73
146
CUT
Tommy Tolles
6
72
74
146
CUT
Tim Dunlavey (a)
7
74
73
147
CUT
Chris Hunsucker
7
73
74
147
CUT
Brian Cooper
7
74
73
147
CUT
Mike Mitchell
7
73
74
147
CUT
Tim Hogarth (a)
7
73
74
147
CUT
Jeff Coston
7
73
74
147
CUT
Gary Sowinski
7
73
74
147
CUT
Kevin King (a)
7
72
75
147
CUT
Steve Jurgensen
7
74
73
147
CUT
Marion Dantzler
8
74
74
148
CUT
Loren Roberts
8
71
77
148
CUT
Mark Mance (a)
8
72
76
148
CUT
David Plumb
8
72
76
148
CUT
Jeffrey Wilson (a)
8
76
72
148
CUT
Tony Soerries (a)
8
76
72
148
CUT
Richard Gilkey
9
75
74
149
CUT
Richard Dukelow
9
75
74
149
CUT
Scott Taylor
9
77
72
149
CUT
Sean Knapp (a)
9
71
78
149
CUT
Tommy Brennan (a)
9
75
74
149
CUT
Don Berry
9
78
71
149
CUT
Todd Schaap (a)
10
76
74
150
CUT
Roger Hoit (a)
10
75
75
150
CUT
Roger Newsom (a)
10
77
73
150
CUT
Robert Sheats (a)
10
73
77
150
CUT
Gary Rusnak
11
76
75
151
CUT
Trevor Dodds
11
76
75
151
CUT
Mark Morgan (a)
11
77
74
151
CUT
Eddie Hargett (a)
11
77
74
151
CUT
Scott Paris
12
72
80
152
CUT
Jeff New (a)
13
79
74
153
CUT
Ron Schroeder
13
78
75
153
CUT
Jon Fiedler
13
76
77
153
CUT
Dennis Wells
13
73
80
153
CUT
Monte Scheinblum
14
77
77
154
CUT
Bret Burroughs
14
75
79
154
CUT
Carey Hodsden
14
77
77
154
CUT
Thomas Levet
14
73
81
154
CUT
Ben Bates
16
77
79
156
CUT
Kevin VandenBerg (a)
17
76
81
157
CUT
Alan Phillips
19
79
80
159
CUT
Tucker Sampson (a)
21
82
79
161
CUT
Robin Bradbury (a)
22
79
83
162
CUT
Paul Norris
23
81
82
163
WD
Kenny Perry
67
67
WD
Scott Hoch
57
57
WD
Paul Trittler
51
51
WD
Tom Kite
74
43
117