Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 to keep a two-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Watson after the second round of the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
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The 52-year-old Cochran, coming off a two-win season that broke a nearly 20-year drought, was in control for a second day, turning in another bogey-free round. The left-hander had seven birdies for a 17-under 127 total that matched Don Pooley’s 36-hole record set in 2006.
Watson shot a 65, birdieing the last hole to reach 15 under – the same two-round total he had last year when he led by two strokes.
John Cook birdied half the holes and was alone in third place at 14 under after carding the lowest score in the round with a 64. He was stroke ahead of Jeff Sluman (66), while Tom Lehman (66) and Mark McNulty (67) followed at 12 under.