Scottsdale, AZ – Canadian Jim Rutledge fired a nine-under 62 stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Scottsdale.
Rutledge finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 130. The 52-year-old won six times in his career on the Canadian Tour and once on the Nationwide Tour. He had a pair of top-10 finishes in 2011 on the Champions Tour, but finished 51st on the money list.
The top-five players from the 78-player field will earn full status next year on the Champions Tour.
Gary Hallberg (65) and Jeff Freeman (66) share second place at minus-10. Mike Harwood, the first-round leader, posted a three-under 68 Wednesday but slipped into fourth place at nine-under-par 133.
Kirk Hanefeld (65), Dick Mast (67) and James Mason (67) share fifth at minus- eight.
Defending champion Keith Clearwater struggled to a four-over 75 and tumbled into a tie for 41st at minus-one. Clearwater had four bogeys, two birdies and a double-bogey in the second round.
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