Goosen surges to Bridgestone lead with 62

Powered by an eagle at the second hole, South Africa's Retief Goosen fired a bogey-free round of 8-under 62 on Friday to grab a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship in Akron, Ohio.

Goosen sits at 9-under 131 through 36 holes at Firestone Country Club, three strokes ahead of first-round leader Steve Stricker (who shot even-par 70) and Brandt Jobe (65).

At 6 under, Stricker and Jobe are the only two players within five strokes of the lead. Only 10 of 76 players in the tournament are in red figures, with three tied for fourth at 3 under, two more at 2 under and two at 1 under.

Goosen sunk his putt after reaching in two at the par-5 second, then got hot late on the front nine, starting a string of seven straight one-putts at No. 6. That streak included five birdies, with two at Nos. 6 and 7 and three straight starting at No. 10 to seize the lead.

He tacked on one more birdie at the 16th to complete his best round in his first year on the Champions tour.

Stricker, seeking his second straight major and third of the year after winning the Regions Tradition and the U.S. Senior Open, had a quiet day. He opened with a bogey, bounced back with birdies at the second and seventh but made one bogey and 10 pars the rest of the way.

Only three players -- Gary Player (1988), Jack Nicklaus (1991) and Bernhard Langer (2017) -- have ever won three majors in one season on PGA Tour Champions.

Jobe opened with consecutive birdies before a bogey at the third. That was his only blemish of the day, and he added birdies at the sixth, eighth, 11th and 16th to pull even with Stricker.

Defending champion Vijay Singh is among six tied for 11th after shooting even-par 70 for the second straight day.

--Field Level Media

07/13/2019 0:12

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