SUTTON, MASS — SUTTON, Mass. -- Bruce Fleisher, returning to the PGA Tour this year after an eight-year hiatus, shot a 4-under par 67 yesterday for a 36-hole total of 131 and widened his lead to three strokes at the halfway mark of the $1 million New England Classic.
Fleisher, 42, the 1968 U.S. Amateur champion who left the tour to take a job as a club pro in 1983, set up four birdies with an accurate wedge in a bogey-free second round and tied the 36-hole record at Pleasant Valley Country Club.
Fleisher shot a 64 in the first round to take a 1-stroke lead entering yesterday's play. Fleisher said he "got a little lucky" in saving par with clutch putts on several holes. On the fifth hole, his approach shot hit a tree, but he got down in regulation.