SAN FRANCISCO -- With an easy swing and devastating cool, Fred Couples shot his second straight 65 to take a two-stroke lead in the Charles Schwab Cup on Friday at TPC Harding Park.

Couples, 54, spent much of the day scaring pins and, when his aim was off, saving strokes with an efficient short game. He looked rusty at times, dominant at others in the final event of the Champions Tour season. He had six birdies, giving him 15 birdies for 36 holes, and no bogeys for a two-round total of 12-under 130.

First-round leader, Australian Peter Senior (10-under 132), is two back after a 69.

"It was another good round, obviously," said Couples, who's been bothered by neck and back pain after his rounds. "I hit the ball solid, and I made a few putts. If I can keep birdieing a lot of holes, because I am hitting the ball very, very well, then I'll be OK."

Senior knows it will be tough to overtake the big-hitting Couples on the weekend. Consider that Senior birdied the 480-yard par 4 12th hole after hitting a 6-iron into the green; Couples hit a wedge into No. 12.

"I don't expect anything less of Fred," Senior said. "We enjoy playing together, but I think Freddy enjoys it more because he gets me by about 70 yards off the tee. He's a great guy, and we get on pretty well together."


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Likewise, Couples is excited to be paired with Senior on Saturday. He anticipates another fast round.

"I love playing with Peter. He's very funny, very fast, and we're flying," Couples said.

A large gallery on Friday followed the popular pairing of Couples and Mark O'Meara, a five-time winner of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and two-time major winner.

Couples, a 15-time PGA Tour winner and the 1992 Masters champion, is winless this year on the Champions Tour.

He has extra motivation to get his first win on Sunday.

"It's a big event," he said. "There's the top 30 players, and they're all the best players on tour. I want to win. There's no doubt."

Couples shared the lead after 54 holes two years ago at Harding Park -- one of his favorite tracks -- and faded to seventh.

Couples also captained the 2009 U.S. Presidents Cup team to victory at Harding Park.

The tourney's main storyline has been whether Germany's Bernhard Langer could surpass Kenny Perry to win the points title. Langer needs a victory coupled with a finish by Perry of tied for fifth or worse to win the Schwab Cup points crown.

Langer (7-under 135) shot a second-round 68 and is five shots behind. Perry, a three-time winner this season, left the door ajar with a 71 and is tied for 11th at 139.

Couples has been a hot ticket on the senior circuit since winning four times in his debut 2010 season and twice more in both 2011 and 2012.

  • Fred Funk had the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on the 204-yard eighth hole, using a 4-iron. He became the eighth player to get an ace in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, along with Ray Floyd, Gil Morgan, Gary McCord, Tom Watson, Bob Gilder, Mark McNulty and Jay Don Blake.

  • Popular Peninsula native Michael Allen (72) is tied for 15th at 2-under 140.

  • Bart Bryant's 66 featured six birdies and a bogey, moving him into third at 8-under 134.