GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Chasing a maiden senior major title, Darren Clarke opened a 2-shot lead at the Senior British Open after the second round at Gleneagles on Friday.
Clarke, from Northern Ireland, shot a 3-under 67 that left him alone on top of the leaderboard, at 8 under. He had two bogeys and a birdie on the front nine but an excellent back nine punctuated by four birdies.
“Around the front nine today, I was so-so,” Clarke said. “My right foot slipped a couple of times, but apart from that I played really nicely.”
Scott Parel of the United States was 2 back after an up-and-down 68.
A group of seven players with nine major championships between them was 3 strokes off the lead. It included four-time winner Bernhard Langer, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els, David Frost, 2016 champion Paul Broadhurst, Stephen Ames and Jerry Kelly.