Mark McNulty shot a level par 70 in the second round of the US Senior Open in increasingly difficult conditions at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs but found himself four behind early leader Fred Funk.
As the wind strengthened par became a good score and McNulty moved to two under par 138 at the halfway stage with Funk out in front after a second round 69 took the American to six under par.
Indeed Ian Woosnam’s two under par 68 was proving the best of the early starters and did his prospects no harm as he moved to two over par alongside Bernhard Langer.
McNulty, 54, now of Irish nationality, began his day at two under and finished right where he started, his card featuring five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. He closed with a bogey at the par three 16th and a double bogey at the par four 18th — despite being short of the green in two shots — but was in a fine frame of mind.
"At the beginning of the week if somebody said to me, you'll shoot four 69s, I would have been delighted," said McNulty. "So I'm on course for that at the moment, even though the last hole blues."
Funk however remains the man to catch.
"Well, a guy's got to play really good, and I think that you have to get off to a really good start on the front nine, and that's where you can get a little momentum going early," said Funk. "If a guy does tee off on the back nine and does somehow manage to get one- or two-under at the turn, I think he can get it low.
"But it's tough. It's getting tougher out there. It's getting a little more toasty. And mainly the pin positions, I thought they were very fair yesterday, and today I think they are fair, other than about two or three of them. But they are a little dicey."