Couples leads after two rounds at Senior Players
PITTSBURGH – Fred Couples shot an 8-under 62 to take a four-shot lead over John Huston at the midway point of the Senior Players Championship.
Couples finished the rain-delayed second round at Fox Chapel Golf Club early Saturday morning with a 36-hole score to 12 under. It's the second straight year the Hall of Famer has taken the lead at the midway point of one of the Champions Tour's biggest events.
The 62 tied a Champions Tour record for lowest round in a major, last matched by Olin Browne during the 2012 Senior Players.
Couples was 7 under through 11 holes on Friday before rain interrupted play. He two-putted for par from 60 feet on the par-3 third when play resumed at 8 a.m. Saturday. Five more pars followed before he finished up with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to reach 12-under.
Huston shot 3-under 67 and is at 8 under as he pursues his first major title. Huston was two shots back when play was suspended, including an eagle from the fairway on No. 15. He slipped four back after bogeying the 17th.
Jeff Hart and Duffy Waldorf are four shots behind Couples at 7 under. Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 63 to get to 6 under for the tournament. Perry eagled the short par-4 seventh and birdied the ninth to move into a tie for fifth with Mark O'Meara.
Newly minted Hall of Famer Colin Montgomerie, making his Champions Tour debut, is at 1 under after shooting an even-par 70. Montgomerie was at 4 under at one point before posting a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 15th.
Couples won the Senior Players in 2011 and was in control last year after a second-round 63 but he shot 1-over on the weekend to finish four shots behind winner Joe Daley.
Officials moved up tee times for the third round hoping to dodge another round of storms expected in the area late Saturday afternoon. The 6,696-yard course a few miles up the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh has been inundated with rain all week.
Weather cut the pro-am to nine holes on Wednesday and play was delayed five hours on Thursday. Only 15 of the 81 players in the field managed to finish the second round on Friday before a torrential downpour caused officials to halt play.