Mediate is trying to become the 16th player to win his first start on the Champions Tour. He won six times on the PGA Tour and is probably best remembered for losing a playoff to Tiger Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open.
It was the lowest round of Mediate’s career, one better than his 62 at Colonial in 2001, and it broke the tournament record of 63 set by Craig Stadler in 2007. Mediate’s total of 128 through two rounds was three better than the 36-hole mark of 131 shared by Tim Simpson and Tommy Armour III.
Pernice also had a strong day on the Old Course at Broken Sound, posting 65 after beginning the day in a tie for the lead. He lost ground in his pursuit of his second Champions Tour title, but he said he wasn’t discouraged.
“Rocco shot 61, he should be leading,” said Pernice, who was the last player to win his first start on the Champions Tour in 2009.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Johannesburg, the South African duo Richard Sterne and Trevor Fisher Jr. each shot 4-under-par 68 to move five shots ahead of the field at the Joburg Open.
Both birdied the final hole for 19-under totals of 196 at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.
Felipe Aguilar (68), Jaco van Zyl (67) and George Coetzee (70) and two-time tournament winner Charl Schwartzel (68) trail at 14-under.
EUROPEAN/AUSTRALASIAN TOURS: In Christchurch, New Zealand, Bae Seon Woo had a course-record 8-under-par 64 for a share of the lead with 15-year-old Lydia Ko after the second round of the New Zealand Women’s Open.
Woo is at 6-under 138 in the 54-hole tournament at Clearwater Golf Club.
Ko shot 68 to tie Woo. Belen Mozo also shot 68 and is one off the lead.