Scott Verplank takes PGA Tour Champions lead in Tucson

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 8:16 p.m. EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Scott Verplank shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Tucson Conquistadores Classic.

The 51-year-old Verplank birdied five of the first six holes and seven of the first 10 in perfect conditions on Omni Tucson National's Catalina Course. He bogeyed the par-3 12th, failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, and closed with six consecutive pars.

Jim Carter and Wes Short Jr. were a stroke back.

The 54-year-old Carter shot a 63. He birdied nine of the first 13 holes, making six straight on Nos. 8-13. A former Arizona State player, he won the 2000 PGA Tour event at Tucson National for his lone title.


The 52-year-old Short tied the tour record for eagles in a round with three in his 65.