AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Retief Goosen shot an Eight-under 62 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead within the Bridgestone Senior Gamers Championship, the fourth of the PGA Excursion Champions’ 5 primary tournaments.

After returning within the morning to birdie the 18th for a 69 within the rain-delayed first around, Goosen made an Eight-foot eagle putt at the par-Five 2nd hollow in the second one around and added six birdies within the bogey-free around at Firestone Nation Membership.

“I were given it off to a pleasing flying get started on my 18th hollow at 7 this morning. I birdied 18 this morning, then went again to the lodge, had an hour and a part sleep once more. Got here again out and endured the nice play after that.”

The 50-year-old South African is winless in 11 begins in his first season at the senior excursion, dropping a playoff to Jerry Kelly remaining month within the American Circle of relatives Insurance coverage Championship. Goosen gained seven occasions at the PGA Excursion, taking primary titles on the U.S. Open in 2001 and 2004.

Taking part in spouse Steve Stricker, the first-round chief after a 64 that he finished with a birdie within the morning, had a 70 to drop right into a tie for 2nd with Brandt Jobe.

“Steve were given off to nice get started the day before today and you’re feeling like you might be falling means in the back of,” Goosen stated. “I controlled to complete OK this morning handiest being 5 in the back of and I went on a roll and his recreation went lifeless. So it is humorous the way it works.”

Stricker is coming off a victory two weeks in the past within the U.S. Senior Open at Norte Dame, and in addition gained the most important Areas Custom in Would possibly.

“By no means in point of fact were given the rest going in any respect,” Stricker stated. “Drove it within the tough slightly a couple of occasions, ignored slightly a couple of vegetables, and simply after I did hit it at the inexperienced, it in point of fact wasn’t that with regards to have official birdie putts at it. It is only a excellent golfing direction. And if you are slightly off off the tee, you pay the associated fee.”

Firestone is an established PGA Excursion venue, website hosting the International Golfing Championships tournament and prior to now the International Sequence of Golfing.

“It is a golfing direction that I have had some excellent rounds and I have additionally had plenty of unhealthy rounds,” Goosen stated. “It is that more or less direction. In case you are slightly bit off your recreation you’ll want to be at the fairway in the back of a tree. So, it is a direction that may get the most productive of you in no time and now not in point of fact enjoying all that unhealthy.”

Jobe shot 69-65.

“It is a exhausting golfing direction. No let-up,” Jobe stated. “I performed nearly 28 holes. I am drained. In this golfing direction, with it being rainy and lengthy, it used to be an extended day.”

Jay Haas (68), Kent Jones (67) and Tommy Tolles (67) had been tied for fourth at Three beneath.

Protecting champion Vijay Singh used to be even par after his 2nd 70. Bernhard Langer used to be tied for 50th at Eight over after rounds of 76 and 72. He gained the development 3 instantly occasions from 2014 thru 2016.

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