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 on the PGA Tour and part-time senior player shot 2-under-par 68 Friday, putting him at 6-under 134 and one-shot 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.
“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 the Champion Tour’s fourth of five majors because he’s only a shot ahead of Kite, who had 70.
Ten Broeck is also two strokes in front of a pack of six that includes Tom Lehman (66), Corey Pavin (69) and Bernhard Langer (70).
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Inverness, Scotland, Phil Mickelson temporarily broke out of his slump with 8-under-par 64 at the Scottish Open, leaving him five 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 his blistering 62 on Thursday but managed 70.
Mickelson charged up the leaderboard in an overcast but largely wind-free round at the Castle Stuart links. The three-time Masters Tournament champion 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.
“We’ve had perfect weather and the golf course was there for the taking,” said Mickelson, who shot 73 Thursday after cutting short his family holiday in Italy to play in the tournament. “It’s very helpful to see my game progress so quickly.
“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.”
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 was another shot back, while top-ranked Luke Donald shot 68.
“It was very stress-free,” said defending champion Donald, who birdied the last two holes.
The cut was 4-under, leaving Colin Montgomerie, Gregory Havret, Rich Beem and John Rollins among those heading home early.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Sandy, Utah, Morgan Hoffman shot 4-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after 36 holes in the Utah Championship.
The former Oklahoma State golfer is at 11-under 131.
He has a one-shot lead over a trio of golfers: Tyrone Van Aswegen (62 on Friday), Andres Gonzalez (66) and Doug LaBelle II (68).
Augusta’s Scott Parel (68 on Friday) and Aiken native Matt Hendrix (69) made the cut on the number at 139.
PUBLIC LINKS: In Midway, Utah, T.J. Vogel and Kevin Aylwin will square off today in the 36-hole final at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.
The finalists, who both live in Florida and are in their early 20s, each won two matches on Friday.
In the semifinals, the 21-year-old Vogel, a Miami resident who plays golf at Florida, beat Derek Ernst 4 and 3.
And in Aylwin’s semifinal, he beat Kyle Beversdorf 2 and 1. The 23-year-old Aylwin lives in New Smyrna Beach.
Today’s winner will receive an invitation to the 2013 Masters Tournament.
SIMPSON IS OUT: U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson withdrew from next week’s British Open on Friday as he awaits the birth of his second child.
Simpson has said all along it was doubtful he would travel to Royal Lytham & St. Annes because his wife, Dowd, was expecting their second child.