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ROYC75
07-29-2005, 09:09 PM
KETTERING, Ohio -- Tom Watson, chasing his second major championship in two weeks, shot a 6-under 65 to tie Craig Stadler and Loren Roberts for the lead through Friday's second round of the U.S. Senior Open.

The leaders were upstaged by a tired Arnold Palmer's post-round declaration that he would no longer play any major championships. In his 50 years of Grand Slam competition, Palmer has won seven majors in addition to five as a senior.

Watson, Stadler and Roberts - all of whom played in the morning wave - are at 9-under 133, matching the tournament record for lowest score through 36 holes.

Watson, who won last week's Senior British Open in a playoff, began the day behind Stadler by four shots. Stadler tied the Senior Open's first-round record with an opening 64. Watson, who lost in a playoff to Don Pooley in the Senior Open three years ago, hit four shots to within a foot of the flag for birdies, but fell back into a tie for the lead with a bogey on his last hole.

Roberts, playing in just his second tournament for the over-50 set, followed an opening 66 with a 67 that included five birdies and a bogey.

Stadler, a former Masters winner with 13 PGA Tour and eight Champions Tour victories to his credit, was even-par through 12 holes, but birdied the par-3 13th and the par-4 18th to pull into the three-way tie for the top spot. He shot a 69 in the second round.

Wayne Levi, who has hit all but one fairway in two days, shot a 67 on the heels of an opening 68 and was two strokes back at 7-under 135. Des Smyth, who lost to Watson in the playoff last week, shot a 66 and was tied with Raymond Floyd at 136. Floyd won the last major championship played at NCR Country Club, the 1969 PGA Championship.

Bruce Summerhays (69), Mark McNulty (67), Tom Jenkins (matching Watson's 65 for the low round of the day) and D.A. Weibring (67) were next at 137.

Greg Norman, also playing his second seniors event, shot a 70 despite a double-bogey at the par-5 6th hole and joined Allen Doyle at 138.

Hale Irwin, the 1998 and 2000 Senior Open winner, followed his opening 71 with a 69 and was at 140. Tom Purtzer, who started the day a shot back of Stadler after a first-round 65, wilted to a 76 that left him at 141.

Defending champion Peter Jacobsen shot a 72 and was at 143.

Among those missing the cut of 145 was 1988 and '88 and '89 U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange.

Skip Towne
07-29-2005, 09:14 PM
Having Watson in it is enough to make me watch. I like Hale Irwin too. I played against him in high school.

philfree
07-29-2005, 09:47 PM
Having Watson in it is enough to make me watch. I like Hale Irwin too. I played against him in high school.


Go Tommy! I had the pleaseure of meeting and eating diner with Stan Thirsk(sp?) years ago. He was comical. Played in a little 2 man best ball today and we brought home a winner. That's two wins this year in prolly 4 tournements. I made six birdies and didn't get a freekin skin though....wtf? Should of had 5 in a row but I missed a GD 4' put after the first two birdies. Of course after backing that with the next two birds I didn't feel to bad about it. I don't recall ever making 5 birdies in a row so it would have been a personal best birdie run. The Ol 3 Haired Fat Man still has a little magic in his bag :) Golf clap :clap: There's no replacement for winning.....I feel great!

PhilFree:arrow:

P.S. Kiss my putter Skippy!

Skip Towne
07-29-2005, 09:53 PM
Go Tommy! I had the pleaseure of meeting and eating diner with Stan Thirsk(sp?) years ago. He was comical. Played in a little 2 man best ball today and we brought home a winner. That's two wins this year in prolly 4 tournements. I made six birdies and didn't get a freekin skin though....wtf? Should of had 5 in a row but I missed a GD 4' put after the first two birdies. Of course after backing that with the next two birds I didn't feel to bad about it. I don't recall ever making 5 birdies in a row so it would have been a personal best birdie run. The Ol 3 Haired Fat Man still has a little magic in his bag :) Golf clap :clap: There's no replacement for winning.....I feel great!

PhilFree:arrow:

P.S. Kiss my putter Skippy!
What a coincidence, I got 7 birdies in a row today and won three tournaments. Suck my mashie mudder focker.

philfree
07-29-2005, 10:02 PM
What a coincidence, I got 7 birdies in a row today and won three tournaments. Suck my mashie mudder focker.

I know, and you did it bare footed using and old set of Hickory Sticks too! LOL

PhilFree:arrow:

Skip Towne
07-29-2005, 10:20 PM
I know, and you did it bare footed using and old set of Hickory Sticks too! LOL

PhilFree:arrow:
Come nibble my niblick big boy.

philfree
07-29-2005, 10:28 PM
Come nibble my niblick big boy.


I'm not your type old man but thanks just the same. Maybe you should give GoChiefs a call?

PhilFree:arrow: