Joey Sindelar takes second-round lead at U.S. Senior Open

Joey Sindelar leads the U.S. Senior Open after 36 holes, seeking his first victory on the 50-and-over circuit at age 58.
Joey Sindelar leads the U.S. Senior Open after 36 holes, seeking his first victory on the 50-and-over circuit at age 58.
Published Aug. 13, 2016

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio — Joey Sindelar, one of four former Ohio State players in the U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in suburban Columbus, has felt the support of the hometown crowd all week.

It apparently helped Friday.

Sindelar, 58, shot 4-under 66 on a hot, humid day to take the second-round lead thanks to five birdies. After shooting 69 in the first round, he was at 5-under 135 overall.

Sindelar's highlight was a 40-foot birdie on par-3 No. 17.

"I'm seeing the line very well, and I seem to be able to hit the ball where I'm looking, and so far it's been a fun week with the putter," said Sindelar, whose best finish in a senior event was a second in 2009.

Billy Mayfair, in his first senior start after turning 50 last Saturday, was a stroke back after 67. He had four birdies and a bogey.

"Any time you put the words USGA in front of a tournament, first of all, they're going to be the best venues you're ever going to find, and they're going to be set up very difficult," Mayfair said.

First-round leader Vijay Singh followed his 66 with 75 to drop into a tie for eighth at 1 over.

Defending champion Jeff Maggert also was 1 over after 71.

Sindelar said stamina has been factor for the 50-and-over players in the heat. For one thing, he said he had trouble keeping his hands dry on the club. The conditions also made the course play hard and fast.

"Some of us have aged way different than others," he said. "I'm extremely arthritic, so the heat is good for me. It keeps me loose, so I'm kind of enjoying it. But, boy, at night we're cramping, no matter how much you drink."

John Daly shot 81 and missed the cut by four shots at 151. Bernhard Langer was tied for 23rd at 3 over after shooting 70.

PGA: Wesley Bryan took the lead in the rain-delayed John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., five days after earning a PGA Tour card with his third Tour victory of the year. Bryan played 26 holes in 10 under at TPC Deere Run, birdieing three of the final holes to finish off a first-round 66 and shooting 64 in the second round to reach 12-under 130. "Been hitting the ball great all week, really the last couple weeks," Bryan said. Zach Johnson of nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa, faced a long day today after not even getting onto the course Friday. Play resumed five hours late at noon after nearly 2.4 inches of rain overnight — on top of the inch that delayed play 31/2 hours Thursday.

Junior PGA: Lucy Li shot 2-under 69 to clinch the girls title in Rumford, R.I., at age 13, a year off LPGA Tour star Lexi Thompson's record in the event. Li of Redwood, Calif., won by two strokes at 7-under 206 in the rain-shortened event. Norman Xiong, 17, of Canyon Lake, Calif., won the boys division by two strokes.