Caddie turns US Open contender
BY Bruce Young | Champions Tour | 2012 US Senior Open Championship | Round Two | 14 Jul 2012
It is one of the great story lines in recent US Senior Open history, Lance Ten Broeck, who over the past eight weeks has caddied on the PGA Tour more than he has played, leads the championship into the weekend at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion near Detroit.
Ten Broeck today added a 68 to his opening round of 66 and leads the event by one over Tom Kite with a further shot back to a large group which includes recent Senior PGA Champion Rodger Chapman, John Huston, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Bernhard Langer and Dick Mast.
Ten Broeck was a player good enough to have played the PGA Tour for more than a decade where he finished runner-up in the Chattanooga Classic on one occasion. In more recent years however Ten Broeck has caddied on the PGA Tour for players such as Robert Allenby and Jesper Parnevik and more recently Tim Herron and in 2009 became the first player to caddie for a player and play in an event at the same time.
Ten Broeck qualified for his first US Senior Open by leading the qualifiers at his sectional qualifying venue and has made the most of the opportunity to date over the demanding Indianwood layout.
Kite began the tournament with a rush making the turn in 28 on Friday before finishing with a round of 65 but things were decidedly different today when he stumbled through that same nine holes in 39 to eventually finish with a round of 70.
His combined total for the opening and closing nine holes over the opening two days has been 59 which, on a golf course the strength of Indianwood, is stunning and augurs well for his chances over the weekend.
Peter Senior, in 42nd position, leads the Australians while Peter Fowler finished on the cut mark of 4 over and is 54th.
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