Steve Striker broke the tournament 36-hole record at 14-under 126, just a day after shooting an event-record 62 for a share of the first round lead with defending champion David Toms.
Striker took apart the rain-softened warren Golf course with his longtime friend and competitor Jerry Kelly, each carding bogey-free rounds of 6- under 64 in the second Friday morning.
The 52-year-old striker said that he had known Jerry from a young age when they were playing amateur events and junior events across Wisconsin, and it was his pleasure seeing Jelly play well.
Striker is satisfied with the way things are moving so far, and although he missed a birdie putt on the final hole of regulation and bogeyed the first playoff hole on Sunday, the loss is a source of inspiration to him.
Kelly, a playoff winner over Striker and Retief Goosen last week, appreciates everything that striker has done for his game. The victory the previous week was Kelly’s fourth on the 50-and-over tour. He won three PGA Tour titles.
Bob Estes and Chris DiMarco were eight under. Estes shot 65, DiMarco had his second straight 66, and Gary Nicklaus birdied his final hole for a 71 that left him at 1-under 139.