3/18/2017 4:51:45 PM
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Steve Stricker shot a 10-under 63 in hot conditions Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, putting him in position to win in his PGA Tour Champions debut.
Stricker is trying to become the 19th player to win in their first start on the 50-and-over and first since Miguel Angel Jimenez in the 2014 Greater Gwinnett Championship.
Tom Lehman was second after a 67. First-round leader Fred Couples had a 70 to fall into a tie for third with Kevin Sutherland (65) at 11 under.
A day after birdieing the first three holes, Stricker opened with a tap-in birdie and made an 18-footer for eagle the par-5 second on Omni Tucson National"s Catalina Course. He birdied three of the final four holes to match the tournament record and reach 16-under 130, playing 36 holes without a bogey.
Stricker turned 50 on Feb. 23. The 12-time PGA Tour winner will captain the U.S. Presidents Cup team in September. He missed the cut in last week in the PGA Tour"s Valspar Championship and will make his next start in the big tour"s Shell Houston Open.
Bernhard Langer had a 68 to get to 7 under and match Gil Morgan"s tour record for consecutive rounds under par at 31. Morgan set the mark in 2000. Colin Montgomerie has 30 in a row, but he is not playing this week.