Tom Watson says the Sacramento heat is making his old joints loose and he feels good about his game...well, most of it.
"The two things I'm doing very well are driving the ball and putting the ball. The things I'm not doing well are my long iron play is below average. It's really pretty poor. Short iron game is good. I don't know. I need a lesson. Anybody have a clue? I can't get the ball in the air, don't hit it solid. I don't know what I'm doing. Maybe you'll find out tomorrow. Who knows?"
Watson used the term "layed sod over" several times during his post-round interview with reporters Friday to describe how far behind the ball he was hitting his long irons.
Watson is tied with Jeff Maggert for the 36-hole lead.
At 65, he would be the oldest player to win a major championship. He already holds that distinction with his 2011 win at the Senior PGA.
Watson has won 14 major championships on both the PGA and Champions Tours.
Kevin Sutherland of Sacramento also shot 1-under to remain two shots behind Watson.
Bob Niger of Eldorado Hills followed a day-one score of 76 with a 74 on day two and missed the cut by five shots. His two day-total of 10-over par was still better than scores posted by well-known golfers, Mark Calcavecchia, Robert Thompson, and Peter Jacobsen.