BILOXI, Miss. (AP) Steven Alker on Saturday broke a tournament record of 10 under 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Bob Estes after the second round of the Rapiscan Systems Classic.
Alker had an 11-under 133 at Grand Bear Golf Club, the first-year venue after the previous 10 at Fallen Oak.
“I kind of dialed in my irons early on and took advantage of the par 5s, and obviously I rolled better,” Alker said. “You always putt well when you shoot 62. I just gave myself a lot of chances. I felt like I was inside 10ft, 12ft a lot today and had some nice ups and downs at the end.
The 50-year-old New Zealander won the TimberTech Championship in November for his lone PGA Tour Champions win.
“I know I have to keep the pedal to the metal and keep going,” Alker said. “Like I said, I just dialed in my wedges and hit a few close shots early on. That’s the key here. You just have to keep hammering.
He broke the tournament record of 63 set by Fred Couples in 2012 and equaled by Gene Sauers in 2017.
Estes, 56, had a 64. He is winless on the 50-plus circuit.
“That would mean a lot,” Estes said. “I haven’t won a tournament since 2002 at Kemper on the PGA Tour. …I’ve been through a lot. I worked hard for the most part on my game, my equipment, my training, stuff like that. I just enjoy hitting more quality shots and putting better too.
Retief Goosen (67) and Paul Broadhurst (67) were 8 under. Goosen won the Hoag Classic a month ago in Newport Beach, Calif., in the last Champions event.
Alex Cejka (66), Doug Barron (67) and Paul Goydos (68) were at 7 under.
Padraig Harrington, set to play in the Masters next week, was 5 under after a 72. Bernhard Langer, also headed to the Masters, was even even after a 71.
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