SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fred Couples took the second-round lead Friday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, shooting his second straight 6-under 65 in the Champions Tour's season-ending event.
Winless this season with four runner-up finishes, Couples had a bogey-free round at TPC Harding Park.
"This is a big event," Couples said. "These are the best players on the tour and I want to win. I'm certainly not playing any better because I want to win. I want to win at Birmingham, Seattle, Chicago, Newport and everywhere else I finished second."
First-round leader Peter Senior bogeyed the 18th for a 69 to fall two strokes back.
"I didn't do much wrong," Senior said. "I didn't get away with anything but I think I'm in a good position. I had a heap of chances early in the round that I didn't convert."
Bart Bryant was third at 8 under after a 66. Bernhard Langer was another stroke back after a 68.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry had a 71 to remain 3 under. Langer is the only player with a chance to overtake Perry. Even Langer wins the tournament, Perry would take the season title and $1 million annuity if he finishes fifth or better.
Fred Funk aced the par-3 eighth hole with a 4-iron, but bogeyed four of his next seven holes and finished with his second straight 70.
Couples took the lead when he parred the eighth hole and Senior had a bogey. Couples birdied Nos. 9 and 10 and led by three strokes.
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