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    Golf roundup: Michael Allen in control at US Senior Open

    Michael Allen raised his arms and looked skyward.

    The long, hard-breaking eagle putt that defined his round of 7-under-par 63 Friday had just finished its uphill journey to the back of the cup on the 14th hole.

    ‘‘The miracle shot,’’ he called it.


    Allen said he wanted to lag the ball to within 10 feet. That it went in was a bonus.

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    ‘‘It wasn’t about me,’’ he said. ‘‘Obviously, something else happened. What do you say? The Lord did it or whatever. It was nice it went in, and it was kind of out of my control.’’

    Just about everything else went right for the 54-year-old Allen, too. His best round of the year put him at 10 under after the second round of the US Senior Open and allowed him to break away from the pack for a five-stroke lead in Omaha.

    The cushion was the largest after 36 holes in the tournament’s 34-year history.

    ‘‘Man, oh, man. The biggest lead?’’ Allen said with a smile. ‘‘So I can blow the biggest lead. Is that what you’re telling me?’’


    Rocco Mediate was Allen’s closest pursuer after he shot a bogey-free, 3-under 67. Jeff Sluman also had a 67 and was another shot back.

    Allen started the day sharing the lead with six others. He birdied five of the first eight holes and went out in 30 in hot, breezy conditions at the Omaha Country Club. He hit a rough patch after he made the turn, chunking a ball in the long grass on No. 12, but everything was right after he went birdie-eagle on Nos. 13 and 14.

    Allen was short with his birdie putt on the last hole, ending his bid to match the US Senior Open record of 62 by Loren Roberts at Prairie Dunes in 2006. His two-round total of 130 was the lowest in tournament history.

    PGA — Defending champion Zach Johnson (5-under 66) put together another steady round at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., maintaining a share of the second-round lead with rookie Patrick Reed and Lucas Glover at 12 under.

    Reed shot a 63 in the morning session and Glover had a 62. Australia’s Matt Jones is one shot back at 11 under.


    LPGA — Catriona Matthew carded a 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela Stanford (67) was second, while Inbee Park (67), who is looking to win her fourth straight LPGA Tour event, was at 10 under, five shots back.

    European — Chris Doak, ranked No. 341, was the surprise leader at the halfway stage of the Scottish Open in Inverness after a second straight 66 left him at 12-under 132. — Chad Collins missed a chance for the fourth 59 in tour history, parring the final six holes for an 11-under 60 in the second round of the Utah Championship in Sandy.