EDMOND, Okla. — Colin Montgomerie thought it would be tough to keep his advantage from the first round at the U.S. Senior Open, and it was.
The Scotsman shot an even-par 71 Friday and leads Scott Dunlap by one stroke.
Montgomerie opened with a 65 Thursday, and then held off the field in mid-90s heat and high humidity. He is at 6 under after two rounds.
“It’s not easy to repeat a good round as yesterday’s was, but this was as good, to be honest,” he said. “Seventy-one out there was a good effort. Breezy conditions, windier than it was yesterday, warmer and with the pack coming at you — it’s never easy.”
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Dunlap had a 68 to get to 5 under. He was at 2 under after starting on the back nine, and then birdied Nos. 2, 5 and 7 on his way to a 32.
Bernhard Langer, who leads the Champions Tour with three victories this season, moved into a tie for the lead with a 3-under 32 on the front nine, and then grabbed the lead with a birdie on 14. He then, however, had bogeys on Nos. 15, 16 and 18 to finish at 4 under.
Kirk Triplett, a graduate of Pullman High, is tied for 10th after a 72 for a 1-under 141 total. Jeff Coston, a teaching pro at Semiahmoo, faltered to a 79 and missed the cut at 8-over 150. Tom Brandes, an amateur from Bellevue, had a second consecutive 79 and missed the cut.
Martin atop in Britain
SOUTHPORT, England — Mo Martin took two putts from short of the green on the par-5 18th hole Friday for her 10th birdie in two days, and her second consecutive 3-under 69 at the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale. That gave the American a three-shot lead over Beatriz Recari of Spain and former U.S. Women’s Open champ So Yeon Ryu.
It was easy to overlook the 31-year-old Martin, who has never won an LPGA Tour event. She is 5 feet 2 and among the shortest hitters in women’s golf. Martin was at 6-under 138, one of only two players to break par in both rounds.
Ryu was the other, overcoming a double bogey on her second hole by not dropping a shot the rest of the way. She shot 70 and was at 3-under 141. Recari, who arrived with a sore wrist that she attributed to no one helping her carry her luggage in the airport, birdied the last three holes for a 67.
Michelle Wie, coming off her first major in the U.S. Women’s Open, kept putting herself in tough spots and couldn’t convert enough pars. She followed her highest score of the year (75) with one that was even worse, a 78 to miss the cut by three shots.
• Zach Johnson (67) and William McGirt (66) were at 12-under-par 130 and tied for the lead at the halfway point of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. They were a stroke ahead of Steven Bowditch (67), Johnson Wagner (65) and Brian Harman (68). Three-time Deere winner Steve Stricker shot a 65 for a 133 to vault into contention at the par-71 TPC Deere Run, and was tied for sixth with Rory Sabbatini (70), Puyallup’s Ryan Moore (67) and Todd Hamilton (69). Defending champion Jordan Spieth was five strokes back of the leaders thanks to a 64. He was five back after two rounds last year. Former Husky Alex Prugh (68) is tied for 21st at 6 under. Kevin Chappell (69), who owns a home in Kirkland, is tied for 25th at 5 under. Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor (67) is tied for 35th at 4 under. Richard H. Lee (70), a former Husky, is tied for 57th at 2 under. Troy Kelly (70), a former Husky, missed the cut at 1 over.
• Rory McIlroy surrendered the lead at the Scottish Open with his latest second-round meltdown, leaving three players tied for first on a day when brutal winds played havoc at Royal Aberdeen. Kristoffer Broberg (71) of Sweden, Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez (71) and Marc Warren (69) of Scotland were atop the leaderboard on 6 under, with just 17 of 150 players shooting below 70 on the par 71. McIlroy shot a course-record 64 in the first round but followed it up with a 78.
• Andres Gonzales of Olympia continues to lead the Utah Championship on the Web.com Tour. Gonzales had a 67 for a 13-under 129 total to lead by two strokes at the Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy. Andrew Putnam of Tacoma had a 64 for a 5-under 137 and is tied for 48th.