Unheard-of caddie nabs U.S. Senior Open lead

Full-time caddie Lance Ten Broeck is the surprise leader after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open. CARLOS OSORIO / AP
Full-time caddie Lance Ten Broeck is the surprise leader after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open. CARLOS OSORIO / AP
Posted: July 14, 2012

LAKE ORION, Mich. - Lance Ten Broeck chooses to carry a bag rather than swing a club for a living to make more money. If Ten Broeck can keep his lead at the U.S. Senior Open for two more days, though, he will more than double his highest annual income on a golf course.

The full-time caddie for Tim Herron and part-time player shot a 68 on Friday to put him at 6-under 134 for a 1-shot lead ahead of first-round leader Tom Kite.

Ten Broeck has a chance to make about $500,000 on Sunday after earning less than half that total in his best year as a caddie and when he made a career-best $146,568 in 1989 as a PGA Tour player.

"Caddying is a lot easier than playing," he said. "That's why you get paid more money to play."

It won't be easy for Ten Broeck to cash in at this Champion Tour major because he's only a shot ahead of Kite, who has been sensational on his front nines at Indianwood.

The 56-year-old Ten Broeck is also 2 strokes in front of a pack of six that includes Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, and Bernhard Langer.

Ten Broeck has a 36-hole lead for the first time in his playing career. He finished tied for 71st at his only other Champions Tour event this year and estimates he plays about 25 rounds a year.

Plymouth Whitemarsh grad Joe Daley missed the cut, shooting a 76 to finish at 149.

European Tour

INVERNESS, Scotland - Phil Mickelson broke out of his slump with an 8-under 64 at the Scottish Open, leaving him 5 shots off the second-round lead shared by Alexander Noren and Francesco Molinari.

Noren used another round of 66 to move to 12 under alongside Molinari, who couldn't match Thursday's blistering 62 but managed a 70.

Mickelson charged up the leaderboard in an overcast but largely wind-free round at the Castle Stuart links. He broke par for the first time since May, with an eagle and six birdies putting him in a strong position for the weekend and improving his confidence before the British Open.

"I think the more I play, the better it gets. It's not to the level that I would like, yet, but I get closer each day," Mickelson said.

His 64 matched the lowest round of the day - along with Ricardo Gonzalez and Matteo Manassero, who finished at 11 under. S.S.P. Chowrasia of India was another shot back, while top-ranked Luke Donald shot 68.

"It was a nice finish, and I'm only 3 back," said defending champion Donald, who birdied the last two holes.

The cut was 4 under, leaving Colin Montgomerie, Gregory Havret, Rich Beem, and American John Rollins heading home early.

PGA

SILVIS, Ill. - Troy Matteson shot a 3-under-par 68 for a 1-stroke lead over Jeff Maggert and Brian Harman after two rounds of the John Deere Classic. Matteson was at 13-under 129.

Maggert's bogey-free round of 9-under 62 moved him from 39th place after the first round to a tie for second. He birdied half the holes at TPC Deere Run, including five of his last nine. Harman had a second straight 65, the last two of his seven birdies coming after a 48-minute thunderstorm delay.

Matteson, meanwhile, bogeyed the par-4 18th after getting four birdies in the first 17 holes.

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