Scott Parel grabs 1-shot lead in second round of Senior Players
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Scott Parel grabbed a one-stroke lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 in Friday’s second round to reach 11 under.
The 53-year-old Parel made seven birdies after starting the day two shots off the lead. He is seeking his first PGA Tour Champions victory.
Parel remained in the lead when Jeff Maggert three-putted from about 15 feet to bogey the par-418th. That left Maggert (68) tied with Brandt Jobe (67) at 10 under in the fourth of five majors on the tour’s schedule.
Three-time champion Bernhard Langer (67), defending champion Scott McCarron (68), Kenny Perry (70) and Vijay Singh (67) were in a pack two strokes off the lead. Illinois golf coach Mike Small shot 71andwas three shots back.
Parel did not play in college at Georgia and worked in computers for 10 years before turning pro. He missed the cut in four of his five career PGA Tour starts. On the over-50 tour, he has 13 top-10 finishes in 52 starts.
Parel pulled ahead even though he was a bit off target with his driver. He finished with a birdie on18.
“I think if the conditions stay the same, you’re going to have to shoot the same kind of scores that I’ve shot the last two days to have a chance to win,” he said. “The course is in perfect shape. The greens are perfect, makeable speed and smooth. So guys are going tomake a lot of birdies out here.”
McCarron bogeyed three holes, including the 18th. In the Senior Players at Caves Valley near Baltimore last year, he overcame a six-shot deficit to beat Langer and Jobe by a stroke.
McCarron is facing surgery at the end of the season to repair a tendon running through his right ankle. It’s been bothering him for about a year and a half, though it hasn’t impacted his game.
He came into this event with seven top-10 finishes on the season and a victory last month at the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wisconsin. McCarron then tied for 52nd at the U.S. Senior Open in Colorado Springs.
“I’m playing decent,” McCarron said. “Just made a few too many mistakes today, especially the last hole. But I’m hitting a lot of good shots, and I’m putting pretty well. I like this golf course, so I’m certainly in the mix going into the weekend, which is where you’ve got to be. I mean, you can’t go out and win the tournament the first two days, but I’ve certainly putmyself in a good position.”
The 52-year-old Small has never won on the PGA Tour Champions. He is not a tour member and made the field because he performed well over three events where he received sponsors’ exemptions. But he remains near the top of the leaderboard even though he slipped back a bit.
“I’m happy,” he said. “I had more hard putts today. Yesterday, I hit it in spots where you can make putts, and these greens are very difficult from that point of view. If you hit it in the correct spots, you canmake putts here all day long.”
Henderson, Hedwall share lead at Marathon Classic: Brooke Henderson shot a bogeyfree 5-under 66 tomove into a tie for the lead after two rounds in Sylvania, Ohio.
The 20-year-old Canadian and Caroline Hedwall of Sweden were at 9-under 133 through 36 holes. Thidapa Suwannapura was one shot back.
Henderson and Hedwall each birdied the final two holes at Highland Meadows, which are par 5s.
The 29-year-old Hedwall is looking for her first LPGA Tour victory. Henderson won earlier this season in Hawaii, the sixth of her career.
Defending champion I.K. Kim was three strokes behind. Sei Young Kim, who shot an LPGA Tour-record 31-under 257 to win last week’s event in Wisconsin, was eight shots back after a1-over 72 on Friday.
Laura Davies, Trish Johnson share US Senior Women’s lead: British golfers Laura Davies and Trish Johnson recovered from rough stretches after two rounds of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open in Wheaton, Ill. Both stand at 4-under par 142 through 36 holes.
Johnson had an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole to cap a comeback, after starting on the back nine and slipping to even par for the round. She finished with a 2-under 71 in the sweltering heat at Chicago Golf Club.
Juli Inkster is third at 1-under 145 after a 71. Danielle Ammaccapane fought back with a 71 after a rough first round and trails by four shots.
First-round leader Elaine Crosby trails by six strokes after shooting a 5-over 78.
Robert Rock leads Scottish
Open, eyes Carnoustie: Robert Rock was already heading to Carnoustie next week to work at the British Open in a coaching capacity. He might now have to take his clubs.
Rock, ranked No. 244, set the record for the lowest 36-hole total since the Scottish Open was launched by the European Tour in1972, adding a 7-under 63 in the second round in Gullane, Scotland, to his 64 on Day 1. So far, he has made 13 birdies and not dropped a shot.
Not only did it give the English golfer a two-shot lead on 13-under 127 at Gullane, it also gave him a great chance of earning one of the final qualification spots for the British Open just up the east coast of Scotland. He needs to be one of the leading three players to finish in the top 10 who is not otherwise exempt.
On a day when players shot low scores because of a lack of wind, the course recordwas broken twice — by Connor Syme of Scotland (62) and then Hideto Tanihara of Japan (61).
Joe Pavelski leads in Lake Tahoe: San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski took the lead with 25 points, and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer was at 24 points after the first round of the American Century Championship in South LakeTahoe, Nev.
Twelve players were within seven points of Pavelski in the modified Stableford scoring event, including baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz (21), Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry (18), former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (18), Denver Broncos quarterback CaseKeenum (18) and actor Alfonso Ribeiro (18).
The scoring system awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.
Three-time defending champion Mark Mulder finished eagle-birdie-birdie, worth 12 points, and was in a group at 16 along with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Charles Barkley was in his usual spot, alone in last place among the field of 92 with minus-34 points.