Rock up 2 in quest to qual­ify for Open; Parel tops se­niors

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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 in 1972, adding a 7-un­der 63 in the se­cond round Fri­day to his open­ing 64. So far, he has made 13 birdies and not dropped a shot.

Not only did it give the English­man 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.

“It’s ev­ery­thing for me,” Rock said.

On a day when play­ers shot low scores be­cause of a lack of wind, the course record was bro­ken twice — by Connor Syme of Scot­land (62) and then Hideto Tani­hara of Ja­pan (61). The lay­out has only been used for the Scot­tish Open once be­fore, in 2015.

Tyrrell Hat­ton (64) and un­her­alded Swede Jens Dan­torp (65) were the clos­est chal­lengers to Rock. Ed­die Pep­perell (63) and Rickie Fowler (66), the win­ner at Gul­lane three years ago, were a shot fur­ther back.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Rafa Cabrera Bello missed the cut, which came at 4 un­der, af­ter a 67 left him on 1 un­der. Also side­lined for the week­end will be Phil Mickelson (69, 1 un­der to­tal) and Hideki Mat­suyama (70, 2 un­der over­all).

Champions: Scott Parel walked off the course think­ing some­body would over­take him. In­stead, he’s half­way to his first PGA Tour Champions vic­tory — and it hap­pens to be a ma­jor.

Parel grabbed a one-stroke lead in the Con­stel­la­tion Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship in Highland Park, Ill., 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.

Parel re­mained in the lead when Jeff Mag­gert three­p­utted from about 15 feet to bo­gey the par-4 18th. 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 coach Mike Small shot 71 and was three shots back.

This is just the se­cond time Parel has led af­ter a round in a PGA Tour Champions event. He shared the firstround lead at the 2017 Chubb Clas­sic be­fore fin­ish­ing tied for 10th.

LPGA: Brooke Hen­der­son shot a bo­gey-free 5-un­der 66 to move into a tie for the lead af­ter two rounds of the Marathon Clas­sic 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.

USGA: Bri­tish golfers Laura Davies and Tr­ish John­son re­cov­ered from rough stretches to share the lead af­ter two rounds of the in­au­gu­ral U.S. Se­nior Women’s Open in Wheaton, Ill. Both stand at 4-un­der par 142.

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