Friday, June 30

Low Scores at the U.S. Senior Open; Kirk Triplett Leads; Hale Irwin Shoots Age

Kirk Triplett watches his tee shot on the 6th hole.
(Copyright USGA/Jeff Haynes)
THE SECOND ROUND IS IN PROGRESS at the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass.

Kirk Triplett is the current leader at 11 under after a 67 on Friday. Triplett was the first-round leader with a blistering 62. (Par is 70 for the championship.)

Doug Garwood is two behind Triplett after rounds of 64 and 67.

Triplett's 8-under 62 tied Loren Roberts (2006, third round) for the lowest score in USGA Open championship history. Triplett made six birdies and one eagle – holing his 115-yard approach for eagle with a 9-iron on the par-4 fourth hole.

Kirk Triplett pitches on the 6th hole.
(Copyright USGA/Jeff Haynes)
In the first round, there were nine rounds of 65 or better. That is the most in any round in a U.S. Senior Open. Previously, the record was four, set multiple times, most recently in the final round of the 2013 championship at Omaha Country Club.

There were six bogey-free rounds on Thursday: Scott Verplank, Barry Lane, Kirk Triplett, Roger Chapman, Duffy Waldorf and Jeff Roth, who parred all 18 holes.

Olin Browne's nine birdies tied a U.S. Senior Open record, held by multiple competitors. Kenny Perry accomplished the feat most recently in the fourth round of the 2013 championship in Omaha.

Hale Irwin (2-over, 72) shot his age in the first round. It is the third time he shot his age in the U.S. Senior Open. He shot a 70 in the first round of the 2015 championship at Del Paso C.C. and a 66 in the third round of the 2011 championship at Inverness Club.

USGA first-round notes were included in this report.

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