Eduardo Romero carved out a one under par 69 to move within two strokes of Fred Funk’s lead in the US Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado.
Romero moved to four under par 136 late in the day to trail Funk after the American also shot a 69 while while Mark McNulty (70), Tom Kite (71) and John Cook (72) are the only other players in red numbers at two under par 138.
Romero birdied the par four 15th and 17th holes to post one of the five under par rounds of the day — the lowest being Ian Woosnam’s two under par 68.
"Well, 69 is a perfect round," Romero said. "Before I started the round I say to my caddie, ‘one under par today is good round, make one under is very good.’ I didn’t expect to get one under today."
The round, which only featured six of 14 fairways hit and 12 greens in regulation, only bolsters Romero’s confidence going into the weekend.
"I have a lot of confidence, yeah," he said. "I tell you it's a dream to win this tournament. That's why I come here and my game is very good. My concentration is good. It's two more rounds to go. I'll be there."
Funk also shot a one under par 69 while, also in the morning wave, Kite shot over par and was delighted. The same could be said for McNulty, who played the final three holes in three over to shoot 70.
Cook, who shot an opening-round 66, followed with a secondround two over 72, and considered himself "semi-pleased" and thought his ball-striking was as crisp as it was on Thursday.