Frost, Allen reel in Couples

South Africa’s David Frost and Michael Allen have reeled in Fred Couples and share the second round lead at Harding Park.

South Africa’s David Frost and American Michael Allen both shot a 2-under 69s to move into a share of the lead in Friday’s second round of in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

They are tied with US Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples, the joint overnight leader with Jay Haas.

Couples added a 68 to his opening 68 at San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park Golf Club, a public facility were low scores are not easy to come by.

Haas, who will be one of Couples’ assistant captains at the Presidents Cup, was 2-under after carding a 1-over 72 in some pain

Haas aggravated a lower-back injury midway through the round and was walking gingerly and wincing noticeably over the final seven holes where he picked up a double bogey on 12 and a bogey on 13 to slip away from the lead.

Frost hit more birdies than most in his second round.

There were six in all spread across both nines. But he also made four bogies which took him to 2-under for the round and along with Couples and Allen, to a 4-under 138 at the halfway stage of the championship

Second in this event last year, Allen, after posting four birdies and two bogies, saved par on the final hole after hitting his approach shot between the grandstands surrounding the green.

He was given a free drop, chipped to 8 feet and made the putt.

Couples, in the meantime, had double bogeyed his opening hole. but rallied with three birdies to hold his place at the top of the leaderboard.

Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Don Blake, Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry were a stroke back in joint 4th place after Calcavecchia, Blake and Langer all shot 68s, and Perry a 69.

Tom Lehman, who currently leads the Charles Schwab Cup points race, also posted a 72 to drop four strokes behind the leaders.

Frost, winless on the Tour this season, made one of his best shots on the 480-yard par-4 12th when he chipped in for birdie from 12 yards out. That got him to 6 under and into the lead in splendid isolation, but he dropped back into the pack with bogeys on the 13th and 17th holes.

Allen hasn’t won on the Tour since the Senior PGA Championship in May 2009 – the first tournament he played in on the 50-and-over circuit – but the Bay Area native is back in contention again despite a stumble on the back nine with bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes.

They briefly dropped Allen two shots behind the leaders, but he made up for it with birdies on 14 and 16 and then pulled off that save at 18.

(US unless stated, par 71)

138 David Frost (RSA) 69 69, Fred Couples 68 70, Michael Allen 69 69
139 Kenny Perry 70 69, Bernhard Langer (Ger) 71 68, Mark Calcavecchia 71 68, Jay Don Blake 71 68
140 Jay Haas 68 72
141 Joey Sindelar 71 70, Nick Price 73 68