Chris Perry tied the course record with a 9-under-par 62 that included two eagles and moved into a tie for the second-round lead of the Greater Milwaukee Open with Mark Calcavecchia, who had a 64 Friday.
Perry, the son of former major league pitcher Jim Perry and nephew of Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, birdied the final hole to become the third player this week - and second on Friday - to match the course record at Brown Deer Park golf course.Loren Roberts had an opening-round 62, while Nolan Henke matched that Friday, tying the record he set in 1996.
Perry and Calcavecchia, who is looking for his win in this tournament in his 18th start, were tied at 12-under 130.
One stroke back was homestate favorite Steve Stricker, whose first daughter was born just four days ago. He had a second-round 63.
Perry was honest in assessing his career-best round that featured a 24-foot eagle putt on No. 6, a par-5, and a 17-footer for a 3 on No. 18.
"It's not often you have someone going crazy like that," he said. "It is kind of fun. It was just one of those days in which everything went right."
Two strokes off the lead were Roberts, who had a 70, Mark Carnevale, 66, Henke, 62, and John Maginnes, 65.
Defending champion Scott Hoch and PGA champion Vijay Singh were seven strokes behind the leaders.
Mark Brooks, the 1991 champion, walked off the course at No. 14 and withdrew. He was 10 over par at the time.
Calcavecchia said he did a good job of relaxing and not thinking too much.
"I didn't even know how far under I was. That was good. No thinking ahead. I played real solid," he said. "It is nice to be back in the hunt again."
Stricker's play and the big crowd that followed him impressed playing partner Woody Austin.
"Hometown stud, man," Austin told Willie Wood as the threesome waited at one tee box. "We are just the comic relief, Willie."
"This tournament means a lot to me," Stricker said. "There just wouldn't be a more special tournament for me to win than here in Milwaukee."
Stricker's confidence was so high he hit drivers off the fairway, including at No. 15 where it got him a 25-foot putt for eagle that he made.
"I'm excited," he said. "I felt a little bit more aggressive. The driver I hit on No. 6 off the fairway really pumped me up."
Stricker's wife, Nicki, who had been his caddie until becoming pregnant, gave birth Monday to a daughter, Bobbie Jean, in Madison, about 75 miles away. Stricker, 31, didn't arrive at Brown Deer on Thursday until two hours before he teed off and battled the woes of little sleep.
Friday was a different story.
"I didn't feel so rushed starting out. I felt like I was in the tournament atmosphere," Stricker said.
LPGA SAFEWAY: Danielle Ammaccapane shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the $600,000 LPGA Safeway Golf Championship at Portland, Ore.
Ammaccapane continued her up-and-down season by making birdies on five of her first nine holes on the 6,294-yard Columbia-Edgewater Country Club.
Laurie Rinker-Graham, playing in just her 14th tournament this season after giving birth to a son 10 months ago, was three strokes behind, tied with Emilee Klein, Dale Eggeling and Pat Hurst.
EMERALD COAST SENIORS: David Lundstrom shot a career-best, 7-under 63 for the first-round lead Friday in the Emerald Coast Classic, only two days after Hurricane Earl drenched the Milton, Fla., course.
The first-year Senior PGA Tour player led by two strokes over defending champion Isao Aoki. Leonard Thompson was three back at 66.
Lundstrom, who earned medalist honors in the Senior National Qualifying Tournament last year, made seven birdies on the par-70, 6,760-yard Scottish-style course at The Moors Golf Club.
EUROPEAN MASTERS: Patrik Sjoland replaced Darren Clarke as the leader in the European Masters, while Nick Faldo missed the cut for the first time in Europe in more than four years Friday.
Sjoland fired a 5-under par 66 for an 11-under 131 total after two rounds on the Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland, course.
He was one stroke ahead of first-round leader Clarke, who shot a 68.