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Continued: Allen's 63 at US Senior Open gives him 5-shot lead, biggest ever at tournament's midway point

  • Article by: ERIC OLSON , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 12, 2013 - 8:30 PM

The most impressive of his six birdies came on the 477-yard eighth hole, which has been playing as the toughest on the course. He hit a 210-yard 4-iron to 15 feet, then raised his right hand and gave a quick thumbs-up after his straight putt dropped into the cup.

His eagle came after he hit driver-hybrid to the bottom shelf of the two-tiered 14th green. With his long putter anchored to his chest, there was no threat of Allen coming up short on the putt that measured 50-60 feet.

The ball went up the ridge and broke about 20 feet to the left before it hit the back of the cup, popped up and dropped in.

"I could hit that putt 100 times and not get it within 5 feet, I guarantee you," Allen said. "So I hit a good putt. I did what I was trying to do, but then it went in. It's one of those days, things were going right, and that was one of the things that really went right."

Defending champion Roger Chapman was among the players who missed the cut. He followed his first-round 74 with a 76.

"Just played rubbish, that was it," he said.

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