OMAHA, Neb. – Michael Allen raised his arms and looked skyward.
The long, hard-breaking eagle putt that defined his round of 7-under-par 63 Friday had just finished its uphill journey to the back of the cup on the 14th hole.
“The miracle shot,” he said.
Allen’s goal was to lag the ball to within 10 feet.
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“It wasn’t about me,” he said. “Obviously, something else happened. What do you say? The Lord did it or whatever. It was nice it went in, and it was kind of out of my control.”
Just about everything else went right for the 54-year-old Allen, too. His best round of the year put him at 10 under after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open and allowed him to break away from the pack for a five-stroke lead.
The cushion was the largest after 36 holes in the tournament’s 34-year history.
“Man, oh, man. The biggest lead?” Allen said with a smile. “So I can blow the biggest lead. Is that what you’re telling me?”
Rocco Mediate (67) was Allen’s closest pursuer.
“We’ve got to go out and get him,” Mediate said of Allen. “He ain’t going to come back, more than likely.”
Seattle native Fred Couples (69) was tied for 10th place at even par. Kirk Triplett (72), a graduate of Pullman High School, was tied for 25th at 2 over.
Allen, who started the round sharing the lead with six other players, birdied five of the first eight holes and went out in 30 in hot, breezy conditions at the Omaha Country Club.
Roger Chapman (74-76—150), the defending champ, missed the cut.
“Just played rubbish, that was it,” Chapman said.
Johnson shares John Deere lead
SILVIS, Ill. – Defending champion Zach Johnson maintained a share of the lead in the John Deere Classic despite standout efforts from rookie Patrick Reed and Lucas Glover in the second round of the PGA Tour event.
Johnson shot a 5-under 66 and was at 12 under along with Glover (62) and 22-year-old Reed (63).
Ryan Moore (70) of Puyallup was tied for 36th place at 5 under.
Players with scores of 139 and worse missed the cut, a group that included Andres Gonzales (70-69—139) of Olympia, Jeff Gove (70-70—140) of Seattle and Kyle Stanley (73-74—147) of Gig Harbor.
WATERLOO, Ontario – Catriona Matthew of Scotland shot a 7-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Grey Silo.
Matthew was at 15 under. U.S. player Angela Stanford (67) was in second place. South Korean Inbee Park (67), seeking her fourth consecutive LPGA Tour victory, was tied for eighth place at 10 under.
Those missing the cut included Wendy Ward (70-71—141), who lives near Edwall, outside Spokane, and ex-Washington Huskies player Paige Mackenzie (69-73—142).
• Chris Doak, ranked 341st in the world, shot his second consecutive 6-under 66 to lead after 36 holes of the Scottish Open in Inverness.