Scott Parel grabs 1-shot lead in sec­ond round of Se­nior Play­ers

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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.

KURT STEISS/AP

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