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Chien Soon Lu shot a course-record 63 in the second round of the Montreal Championship to lead by one shot.

Taiwan’s Chien Soon Lu shot a course-record 63 in the second round of the Montreal Championship to lead by one shot.

Lu leads over joint first-round leader John Cook, who shot a 66 on Saturday, in this Champions Tour event at Club de Golf Fontainebleau.

Lu started badly with a bogey at the first, but never looked back after that, making ten birdies in a 13-hole stretch from holes five to 17 to finish on a 16 under 128 total.

He tied the course record set by D.A Weibring the year before, in the event’s inaugural year, and also achieved the day before in this tournament by Cook and Huston.

He had a chance to set a new course record on the 18th, but his 25-foot putt for birdie went wide right.

“Just misread it,” Lu said.

The 51-year-old from Taiwan has struggled with serious back injuries in his career. In the past he credited part of his recovery to drinking wine, and offered up an interesting tidbit about what’s been helping him prepare for this event.

“British beer,” he said, before adding that he would continue to stick with what works.

“Just a little bit, beer.”

Cook, meanwhile, is chasing his third Champions tour victory of the year.

“(Lu)’s world class. He really is,” said Cook. “He surprised us a bit last year. …We’ll get a chance to see him up close and personal again (Sunday).”

John Huston finds himself two shots back with one round left to play after a second-round 67.

He’s hunting his second consecutive win after victory at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open last week.

Jay Haas and Joey Sindelar were 13 under after 66s, and Mize was 10 under after a 69.

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