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2014 U.S. Senior Open (The 14th of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour, Edmond, OK , July 10-13, 2014; Purse: To be Determined; Oak Tree National, Edmond, OK, Par/Yards: 71/7,219Second-Round Notes – Friday, July 11, 2014

Weather: Sunny and very warm with highs in the mid-90s. Winds were from the S at 10-20 mph with gusts in the mid-20s.

Current Leaderboard:

Colin Montgomerie 65-71—136 (-6) (pictured by Getty Images)

Scott Dunlap 69-68—137 (-5)

Bernhard Langer 69-69—138 (-4)

Gene Sauers 69-69—138 (-4)

Lance Ten Broeck  70-69—139 (-3)

Mark Brooks 68-71—139 (-3)

Jeff Sluman 70-69—139 (-3)

Doug Garwood 70-69—139 (-3)

Cut Information: A total of 66 players, including two amateurs, made the cut at 7-over-par 148 from a starting field of 156 players.

Colin Montgomerie couldn’t duplicate his opening-round 6-under-par 65, but the World Golf Hall of Famer shot an even-par 71 which was good enough on Friday to maintain his lead after two rounds at the 35th annual U.S. Senior Open. After bogeys on Nos. 3 and 6 cost him his lead, he rebounded to play bogey-free over his final 12 holes and converted key birdies on Nos. 7 and 17. His four-footer at 17 moved him to 6-under, giving him the outright lead.

Scott Dunlap will join Colin Montgomerie in the final pairing tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. after Dunlap’s bogey-free 3-under-par 68 today. Dunlap, who has played professionally all over the world, including the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour, has made just one bogey through the first two rounds. He has his 24 of 28 fairways (85.7%) and 26 of 36 greens in regulation (72.2%). He is playing his first full season on the Champions Tour.

Although he bogeyed three of his last four holes, Bernhard Langer, the current Charles Schwab Cup point’s and money leader, recorded his second consecutive 2-under-par 69. It was the 35th time in 38 rounds this year he has posted a sub-par round, including 25 rounds in the 60s.

It’s been a productive last few weeks for Jeff Sluman. Starting with a win at the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf with teammate Fred Funk last month in Branson, MO, Sluman posted a T6 finish two weeks later near his home in Chicago at the Encompass Championship and followed a week later with a runnerup effort at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, losing in a two-hole playoff with Bernhard Langer. Sluman has posted rounds of 70-69 here at the U.S. Senior Open and is currently T5.

Lance Ten Broeck is once again lurking near the top of the leaderboard at a U.S. Senior Open. The former University of Texas standout shot a 2-under-par 69 and stands at 3-under-par 139 and T5. It was just two years ago that Ten Broeck was the 36-hole leader by one at the U.S. Senior Open in Michigan which was eventually won by Roger Chapman. Ten Broeck finished T9.

Since 2004, here is how the eventual winners have fared after 36 holes…

Year

Winner

Standing

After 36 Holes

Margin

36- Hole Leader

2013

Kenny Perry

T10

10 strokes back

Michael Allen/+5

2012

Roger Chapman

T3

2 strokes back

Lance Ten Broeck/+1

2011

Olin Browne

1st

Led by 1 stroke

Browne/+1

2010

Bernhard Langer

1st

Led by 2 strokes

Langer/+2

2009

Fred Funk

3rd

2 strokes back

Tim Jackson/+1

2008

Eduardo Romero

2nd

2 strokes back

Fred Funk/+2

2007

Brad Bryant

T21

7 strokes back

Tom Watson/+3

2006

Allen Doyle

T2

1 stroke back

Tom Watson/+1

2005

Allen Doyle

T11

5 strokes back

Loren Roberts

Tom Watson

Craig Stadler

2004

Peter Jacobsen

T1

Tied with Stadler

Peter Jacobsen

 Craig Stadler

Among the players missing the 36-hole cut at 7-over-par 149 were Hale Irwin (+9), Peter Jacobsen (+12), and Dave Eichelberger (+11), all former winners of the U.S. Senior Open. In addition, former U.S. Open winners Steve Jones (+9) and Scott Simpson (+12) also missed.

Defending champion Kenny Perry, who shot an opening-round 4-over-par 75, followed with a 3-over-par 74 and just made the cut at 7-over-par.

There was a nice turnaround Friday by Robin Byrd. After shooting a 6-over-par 77 on Thursday, Byrd bounced back with a 4-under-par 67, a 10-stroke swing and it helped him jump 77 places from T98 to T21.

The four players who made their Champions Tour debuts here had mixed results after two rounds. Kevin Sutherland (T29/+3) and Woody Austin (T12/Even) made the cut, while Scott Verplank (T69/+8) and Mike Standly (T69/+8). Standly had bounced back from a 9-over-par 80 in his first round with a 1-under-par 70, but missed by one stroke of making the cut as did Verplank.

Two amateur made the cut. Jeff Wilson, the automobile salesman from Fairfield, CA, and Mike McCoy, an insurance executive from Des Moines. Wilson is currently T33 and McCoy is T45.

One of the players making the cut was Sam Randolph (+7), a former U.S. Amateur champion. Randolph won the title in 1985, a year after losing to Scott Verplank when the event was played here at Oak Tree National

Oak Tree residents Gil Morgan, Willie Wood and Bob Tway all made the cut

Larry Laoretti and Dave Podas each withdrew on Friday. Laoretti, the 1992 champion withdrew after 12 holes but did not disclose a reason. Podas withdrew before his round due to illness.

The 469-yard, par-4 third hole remained the most difficult through two rounds with an average score of 4.489. Only 38% of the field (58 of 153 players) hit the green in regulation today. The hole has yielded just 19 birdies through two rounds.

Source: PGA Tour

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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