Steve Stricker holds midway lead at Areas Custom for first main of PGA Champions Tour

Steve Stricker shot a 4-under 68 to maneuver to 11-under for the match; Scott McCarron flew up the leaderboard with the low spherical of the day, a 65 to achieve 9-under; he’s tied for second with Padraig Harrington after the Irishman shot a 66

Final Up to date: 14/05/22 8:52am

Steve Stricker has beforehand gained three main titles on the Champions Tour

Steve Stricker maintained his lead on the first main of the PGA Tour Champions season and can take a two-shot benefit into the weekend on the Areas Custom.

Stricker shot a 4-under 68 to maneuver to 11 beneath for the match. Scott McCarron flew up the leaderboard with the low spherical of the day, a 65, to achieve 9 beneath. He was tied for second with Eire’s Padraig Harrington (66).

South Africa’s Ernie Els is alone in fourth at 8-under after his second-consecutive 68. Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez (70), Australia’s Stuart Appleby (69) and New Zealand’s Steven Alker (69) are all tied for fifth at 7-under.

Stricker carded 5 birdies and one bogey on Friday. The 2021 US Ryder Cup captain opened on the again 9 at Greystone Golf and Nation Membership and posted a birdie on the par-3 10th to get going.

The 55-year-old is now midway residence to his fourth main title on the Champions Tour – all after battling what he known as a “thriller sickness” over the winter that led to an extended hospital keep and prompted him to drop 25 kilos.

“I used to be somewhat extra fatigued this morning waking up,” Stricker mentioned. “Relaxation the following couple of days is paramount.”

McCarron is an 11-time winner on the 50-and-older circuit however hasn’t damaged via since June 2019. He is rather a lot nearer now, due to four-straight birdies early in his spherical on holes 12 to 15. The 56-year-old continues to be getting back from an ankle surgical procedure he had final 12 months.

“I have not had many good rounds or tournaments this 12 months, however I am blissful to be enjoying,” McCarron mentioned. “I am nonetheless coming off of that surgical procedure, the physician mentioned it might be a couple of 12 months earlier than I can actually go at it, however I am forward of schedule and I am simply blissful to be out right here enjoying.”

John Daly was disqualified on Friday for failing to signal his scorecard after enjoying the primary two rounds at 4-under.

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