No flounder in Jake's game; one-shot lead his after 36
Peter Jacobsen has a bad hip, two bad knees and other various aches and pains. He also still has a very good golf game, as he's proven the past two days at the 67th Senior PGA Championship.
By T.J. Auclair, Junior Editor
EDMOND, Okla. (PGA.com) -- A virtually flawless round of golf -- highlighted by three birdies and no bogeys -- powered Peter Jacobsen to a 3-under-par 68 Friday in the second round of the 67th Senior PGA Championship, good enough to take the lead at 7-under 135 at Oak Tree Golf Club. In search of his first Senior PGA title, Jacobsen is ahead of Gil Morgan and Brad Bryant by one shot.
With birdies at Nos. 2 and 13, Jacobsen capped his round holing a 5-foot birdie putt at the difficult par-4 18th.
"I played very well today," he said. "I got off to a good start. I drove the ball well so far for the two days. It's important here because around the greens it's so difficult to get the ball up and down. Everything runs into a collection area. So putting the ball on the green is important and I have done that really well."
A day after the Edmond area saw record temperatures reach 99 degrees on Thursday, the same was predicted for Friday, with the wind expected to blow upward of 30 mph.
"I think it's important when the wind blows here to put the ball in the fairway," Jacobsen said. "Because this is not a bump-and-run golf course. If you look at just about every hole, you cannot run the ball in.
"I think a player who can control his iron play from the fairway or from the rough, keep it under the wind or work it left to right, right to left, with the wind, is going to have an advantage."
In all, 77 players made the cut, which fell at 6-over 148, including seven PGA Professionals.
Of the PGA Professionals who made the cut, Mike Barge -- the Director of Instruction at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. -- was the best. Through two rounds, he was tied for 11th place at 1-under 141.
Morgan, who played with Jacobsen and is a member at Oak Tree, carded a 1-under 70 in a round that included five birdies and four bogeys. Erratic putting, Morgan said, was the main cause of his roller coaster round.
"I had three or four opportunities and a couple of par putts that I could have made," he said. "If I hadn't have had a couple three-putts and made a couple putts, it would have been another good round. But I didn't putt quite well enough and I was a little bit out of sync overall.
"My putting is kind of erratic at times anyway. So usually I don't have too many three-putts, but it seemed to kind of bite me today a little bit in that regard."
Bryant's round went from good to great on one hole. With an eagle at the par-5 16th, followed by a birdie at No. 17, he moved to 6-under.
"On 16 I hit 3-iron, I hit a 3-wood off the tee and a 3-iron to about 18 feet and Loren [Roberts] kind of chipped his ball right down my line, so I really knew the line of the putt and I hit just a beautiful putt," Bryant said. "It just went right in the middle of the hole."
After stumbling with a double-bogey at the par 4 14th -- he played the back first -- Jay Haas picked himself up with birdies at Nos. 16 and 1. He bogeyed No. 5 and wound up with an even-par 70 and at 4-under 138 was three shots off the lead.
"It was a little bit more difficult today with the extra wind we're getting ready to get crashed in on here," Haas said. "It was just harder to get distance control, get the ball close to the hole. I hit the ball pretty solidly today, hit a lot of fairways, but just didn't get my irons as close, didn't have as many opportunities today."
Loren Roberts, Tom Watson, Dana Quigley and Jose Rivero all finished at 3-under 139.
"I'm really not playing very well," Roberts said. "I'm just kind of not hitting the ball good enough to really do anything right now. I missed a few putts today, but made a couple. We're still in it."
Defending champion Mike Reid matched his opening-round 71 Friday. At even par for the tournament, he'll have some work to do to catch Jacobsen and company on the weekend.