By Kim McHugh
Muy caliente! Meaning ‘very hot’ in Spanish, it describes not only Friday’s weather at the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor, but also how Tim Petrovic played during the tourney’s second round. Petrovic, who joined the Champions Tour in 2016, shot a lights out three-under par round of 65.
“Yesterday, it seemed like I was playing out of the rough half the day,” said Petrovic. “And this course, if you’re playing out of the rough and you’re hitting long approach shots in the rough, it’s going to be a long day. So I drove the ball better today.”
That is an understatement. The Northampton, Mass. native that now calls Austin, Texas home, not only drove better, he put his putter on automatic, carding birdies on Holes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9. He may have gone a stroke lower had he not missed a six-footer on Hole 1.
First round leader, Jerry Kelly, kept his spot at the top of the leaderboard by shooting a 69 to take him to minus 5. In a four-way tie for second on Thursday, Miguel Angel Jiménez shot a bogey-free round that included a pair of birdies to take solo position in the number two spot.
“The way I played today is very solid, a lot of chances for birdies,” explained the Spaniard. “I missed two fairways only, managed to put the ball on the green and I still played for some birdies. I missed only one green on No. 1 where I pulled it with my wedge and then I made a recovery on that one. Then (came) the two birdies and I make 68 for the round.”
Petrovic’s play moved him up 23 spots while Davis Love III shot a 68 to move up 11 spots. Saturday’s weather is predicted to be in the low 80s with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, a welcome reprieve from the 90s. But count on some players heating up during their third round with scores in the 60s.