SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The boys from Madison are making it look easy at Notre Dame in the U.S. Senior Open.
For the second straight day, Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, friends and competitors since their junior years in Wisconsin, took apart the rain-softened Warren Golf Course, each shooting bogey-free rounds of 6-under 64 in the second round Friday.
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 with defending champion David Toms. Kelly, a playoff winner 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.”
Field still chasing Lashley at Rocket Mortgage Classic: DETROIT — Cameron Champ played one of the best stretches on the PGA Tour this season, matching the lowest nine-hole score and the longest birdie-eagle streak. Champ had an 8-under 28 on the front nine thanks, shooting under par for six straight holes. The rookie cooled off on a steamy day with a 1-over 37 on the back nine, closing with a bogey after pushing a 4-foot putt just to the right and past the cup for a 7-under 65. Nate Lashley took advantage of the opportunity to put his name on top of the leaderboard for the second straight day. Lashley shot a 67, putting him at 14-under 130 for a one-shot lead at scoring-friendly Detroit Golf Club.
Inbee Park shoots 62 to take lead in Arkansas: ROGERS, Ark. — Inbee Park had five straight early birdies and shot a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Park is trying to win for the second time at Pinnacle Country Club after taking the 2013 title.
Bezuidenhout in front at Valderrama Masters: SOTOGRANDE, Spain — Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa has taken a four-shot lead over Sergio Garcia and three other golfers at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Bezuidenhout carded a 3-under 68 to reach 8 under for the tournament after two rounds.