Lee Elder, who shot 70 in the opening round of the PGA Championship, started his second round on the way to self-destruction with three bogeys and a double bogey on the first eight holes. But he settled down for 75 -- 145, and the total disappointed him.
That was because he had birdied the 11th and 13th holes to go three over par and he had high hopes of being among the leaders. "I wanted to par those last four holes so badly," he said. "A 143 would have been in the top 10.
"I didn't putt as well today and we kept going over the green and that's the worst place to be on this course."
Those factors cost him a bogey each on the final four holes. On the par-3 15th, he hit a three-iron shot -- one club too much -- way over the green and the ball bounced down the hill to the left. He made a good bogey; from a better position, playing partner Curtis Strange made 5. At 16, he yanked a 2 1/2-foot par putt after a nice recovery from sand.
The other Washington-area golfer, Woody FitzHugh, had 80-77 and failed to make the cut.
Lon Hinkle's biggest claim to fame in a major championship before this one was last year at Inverness, when USGA officials planted the Hinkle Tree overnight when the long hitter took a shortcut off the tee during the U.S. Open.
His 70-69 -- 139 here trails leader Gil Morgan by one shot. This is his first tour event in five weeks because of a wrist injury he aggravated during a European vacation. He is the gritty type of player who can survive here; his strength also is a big plus in getting the ball out of deep rough, perhaps the toughest on the American tour this year.
"I have a lot of enthusiasm here," he said. "I've hit a lot of good shots, but I have a real good attitude. I hit a real bad tee shot on the first hole Thursday, and that sets you off in the wrong direction. But I didn't let that bother me."
In the tournament he had never been than one stroke on either side of par.
"I guess Nicklaus and Watson can shoot 63 or 64," he said. "But us human beings have to stay close to par. There are not many opportunities to get it back here."
Craig Stadler's emergence as a two-time tour winner this year coincides with his ability to finally control his temper. "Just a matter of time," Stadler deadpanned today. "Took me about 20 years. Nothing serious."
That he is still in contention at 142 after today's 75 is testimony to that maturity, Stadler said: "Probably would have shot 80 in the past; I had a few shaky moments. At 13, I could have made a bunch instead of a bogey."
Stadler one-putted for that bogey after leaving his drive stymied behind a tree to the left and was still 90 yards from the green, in deep rough, in three on the 596-yard hole. He parred in after that hole.