Kenny Perry shot a 6-under 64 on Friday for a share of the U.S. Senior Open lead with Kirk Triplett who fired a three-under 67 in Friday’s second round of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open to maintain his place atop the leaderboard at Salem Country Club.
Perry was reeling off four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the way to a round of 6-under-par 64 and a share of the 36-hole lead with Kirk Triplett, who followed up his record-tying 62 on Thursday with a 3-under 67. Their 129 totals broke Michael Allen’s 36-hole championship scoring record of 130 at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club in 2013. They are two strokes up on Doug Garwood, who shot 67 for a 9-under total of 131.
Triplett, who opened the event with a blistering 62 on Thursday, and Perry both sit at 11-under overall. The duo’s score gives them a two-shot lead over the chase pack heading into the weekend’s action.
Perry knocked a 7-iron to about a foot on the par-3 fifth hole, then made a comfortable two-putt birdie on the par-5 sixth hole to steady himself. He added six more birdies without a bogey over his final 12 holes, including a 35-foot putt on No. 16.
Perry played with 2010 Senior Open champion Bernhard Langer, who got on a birdie run of his own, making four straight from holes 12-15 on the way to a 5-under 65 that pulled him into a tie for fourth place at 8-under 132 with Scott Verplank, who has put together matching 66s.
Langer is seeking his third consecutive senior major victory and 10th overall, which would add to his record total. Gary Player won three straight senior majors in 1987-88, while Perry captured three consecutive senior majors in 2013-14, though he skipped one, the 2013 Senior Open Championship.
Doug Garwood (-9) is holding onto third place, while Scott Verplank and Bernhard Langer (-8) currently round out the top five with play suspended late in Round 2 due to weather.
Among the notables making the weekend was 67-year-old Tom Watson, who shot back-to-back 69s after missing the cut at the Senior PGA Championship last month.
Defending champion Gene Sauers was at 5 over and was projected to miss the cut on the number.
The second round was halted due to bad weather with 24 players left on the course. Sixty-one players stood at 1 over par or better when play was suspended, but seven of them were still on the course.
Enjoy round 3 on DSPORT from 11:30 PM IST.