If he holds on for the win, he would become the third player to open the season with back-to-back wins on the Champions Tour. Don January, in 1981, and Larry Nelson (2001) were the other two players that opened the season with consecutive wins.
Former U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson eagled the 18th hole to end at 8- under-par 136 after a 5-under 67. Isao Aoki, R.W. Eaks, Don Pooley and Bruce Summerhays share third place at 7-under-par 137 on the Palmer Course at the Turtle Bay Resort.
Jay Haas is alone in seventh place at minus-6 after posting a 4-under 68 Saturday. Des Smyth (66) and Ben Crenshaw (69) are one stroke further back at 5-under-par 139.
Five-time defending champion Hale Irwin is not a factor this week as he attempted to win this title for the seventh time overall. He stands in a tie for 57th at 6-over-par 150 after a 5-over 77 in round two.