Mark Wiebe of the United States shot a 5-under 65 Friday to share the lead with Bernhard Langer after the second round of the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.
Wiebe had four birdies on the back nine. Langer, the 2010 champion at Carnoustie, shot a 67 and made five birdies. Both players finished at 5-under 135.
“I really got my irons zoned in on the back nine,” Wiebe said. “I know there’s a long way to go, but I’m tickled to be where I am. It was unbelievable and great to shoot the low round.”
Wiebe moved to 1 under by the turn with two birdies and a bogey. He had three birdies in four holes from the 13th and added another with a 15-foot putt at the last.
The German dropped 2 strokes at No. 6 when he double-hit the ball.
“The ball was sitting up in the long grass and I caught it high on the clubface and again on the follow through,” said Langer, a two-time Masters Tournament champion. “But that was my only blemish. Most of it was impressive and good, and I putted a little better today.”
David Frost of South Africa (68) finished a stroke back in third. He picked up birdies at Nos. 2, 5 and 9 to move to 5 under. He faltered slightly on the back nine, dropping shots at the par-3 12th and 14th before a birdie at No. 17.
“It was a bit of a shaky round,” Frost said.
“I didn’t feel comfortable with the club in my hand. I hit some wayward shots, but managed to hit good irons into the greens and the putter was my savior.”
Tom Watson, Frost’s playing partner, only got going after a front nine featuring two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. The American made long putts at Nos. 11, 12 and 13 and holed another birdie at the 15th. He bogeyed the last two to finish at 4 over.
Overnight leader Gene Sauers shot a 70 for a share of fourth place with Peter Fowler (68) and Mark McNulty (67).
Hunter Mahan birdied the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a 2-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario. Coming off a ninth-place tie last week in the British Open, the five-time PGA Tour winner had eight birdies in his bogey-free round at Glen Abbey to reach 13-under 131. John Merrick was second after a 62.
He tied the course record set by Leonard Thompson in 1981 and matched by Andy Bean in 1983 and Greg Norman in 1986.
Rikard Karlberg of Sweden took a 2-stroke lead over four others after the second round of the Russian Open, shooting a 4-under 68 to move to 9 under in Moscow. Matthew Baldwin (69), Wen-Chong Liang (70), Alexandre Kaleka (67) and Michael Hoey (67) stand 2 shots off the lead.
Russell Knox shot the fifth 59 in Web.com Tour history, missing a chance to break the tour record when he settled for pars on the final two holes in the second round of the Boise Open in Boise, Idaho. He had two eagles and eight birdies in his bogey-free round at the par-71 Hillcrest Country Club.
U.S. Girls’ Junior
Lakareber Abe, 17, and Gabriella Then, 17, each won two matches at Sycamore Hills to advance to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind.