Peter Jacobsen and Craig Stadler share the halfway lead of seven under par 135 at the US Senior Open – with all of the players preparing for Sunday’s grueling 36 hole test at the Bellerive Country Club following the postponement of the second round due to rain on Friday.
Those 36 holes will test Jacobsen more than any other player in the field, considering the fact the 50 year old had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip three months ago and spent six weeks on crutches.
The hip gives him no problems on his swing, but walking 18 holes has proved challenging. Jacobsen withdrew from the previous two tournaments simply because he couldn't complete the walk. "Tomorrow is going to be real interesting," he said.
Jacobsen and Stadler lead José Maria Canizares by one shot, with Bob Gilder Jay Haas, Tom Kite and D A Weibring all tied on five under. The Champions Tour's top two money earners for 2004 – Hale Irwin and Gil Morgan are three shots back four under par 138.