Canonsburg, PA – Brad Fritsch fired a 7-under 64 on Friday to grab a 1-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mylan Classic.
Fritsch, who is winless on the Web.com Tour, finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 130. He has just three top-10 finishes in 18 starts this year.
Cliff Kresge moved into second place at minus-11 after a second-round 65. Casey Wittenberg, a two-time winner this season, is alone in third at 10- under-par 132 as he carded a 67 on Friday at Southpointe Golf Club.
First-round co-leaders Robert Streb and Edward Loar both shot 2-under 69 in round two and are tied for fourth at minus-9.
Fritsch started a steady round with a birdie at the second. He parred his next four holes before converting another birdie chance at the par-4 seventh.
After three more pars, Fritsch eagled the par-5 11th to jump to minus-9. The Canadian poured in three straight birdie chances from the 13th to climb into the lead at 12-under. Fritsch parred the final three holes to end there.
"I've been hitting it really good, but the last couple weeks' performances have been limited by my putter. For the majority of those tournaments, I've hit the ball as good as I can. It's just whether the putter cooperates," said Fritsch, who made the cut for the fifth straight start.
"My stroke was getting real jabby and my speed control was really bad. I feel like I'm lengthening my stroke, but it's probably not, it's just slower. It feels like it takes a long time to hit the ball, but I've watched it on video and it looks normal."
Kresge birdied the third, but gave that shot back when he bogeyed the par-4 sixth. He atoned for that mistake with a chip-in birdie on No. 8 after finding water with his second.
The 3-time winner on the Web.com Tour ran off four birdies in a 5-hole span from the 10th to move to 10-under.
Kresge got within one of the lead thanks to a birdie on the 17th.
"In my last six or seven tournaments, I've put some better scores on the board. I've been putting a lot of time and effort in and I'm starting to see the fruits of my labor," Kresge admitted.
NOTES: The cut fell at 2-under-par 140 with 61 players moving on to the weekend...Among those that missed the cut were 2-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen as well as Paul Haley II and last week's winner Darron Stiles, who are fourth and eighth on the tour's money list...Patrick Sheehan also missed the cut after taking a 10 on the par-5 eighth. He knocked one ball out of bounds, whiffed a shot, dumped another into the water and closed the hole with a 3- putt.