Lickliter fired a 4-under-par 67 on Friday, one shot higher than Calc, to tie the former Florida Gator for the top spot in Paoli, Penn. Chris DiMarco and Steve Pate are tied for third at 7-under, after carding rounds of 67 and 66, respectively.
After missing the cut in his last three starts, Lickliter is happy to be playing on the weekend, let alone tied for the lead. Through two rounds, the 31-year-old has carded eight birdies to nary a bogey in his climb up the leaderboard. It's an impressive accomplishment on this difficult, old-style golf course.
'You have to think about where you want your ball to end up on the green,' said Lickliter, who took 29 putts in the second round. 'You have to pay attention to where the pin is, and you really have to, you know, work on keeping the ball on the right part of the green.'
While Lickliter seeks victory No. 1, Calc is in search of No. 10, but his first since 1998. Calcavecchia has played well in 2000. The 40-year-old has three top-3s under his belt this season, but has yet to find the winner's circle.
'It would mean a lot,' said Calcavecchia on winning his first event since the '98 Honda Classic. 'I've had a couple of real good chances, so I've played some really good golf.
'A long way to go yet. This course can jump up and grab you in a hurry.so should be a fun weekend.'
Jim Carter shot the round of the day at the Waynesborough Country Club. The 2000 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open champion fired a 7-under-par 64, which included a bogey at the par-4 9th, his 18th of the day.
At 6-under, Carter is in a tie for 5th. He shares that spot with Mathew Goggin and first-round co-leader Emlyn Aubrey, who shot an even-par 71 on day two. Fellow overnight leader Danny Briggs is now four shots off the lead at 4-under, after a 1-over-par 72.
Interestingly enough, Calcavecchia and DiMarco share the same unorthodox putting grip. DiMarco showed the 'claw-like' grip to his fellow Gator, and might expect a percentage of the winnings should Calc prevail.
s 'Forget it,' said Calcavecchia. 'He's out. He putts really well, too, by the way.'