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Steve Flesch owns 2-shot lead at Richmond

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Steve Flesch and Steven Alker swapped places atop the leaderboard Saturday at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va.

Flesch shot a 5-under par 67 to take a two-shot lead over Alker and Bernhard Langer after 36 holes. Flesch (13 under) trailed Alker by a shot heading into Saturday’s second round at The Country Club of Virginia.

Alker followed his blistering 63 on Friday with a 70 on Saturday to sit at 11 under. He sits tied for second with Langer, who carded a 67 at the first leg of the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs.

Tim Petrovic (67) and Doug Barron (68) are tied for fourth at 10 under, three shots back.

Flesch posted a clean round, starting his round with five straight pars. However, he cranked it up with a birdie on No. 6 and then four more on the back nine.

“I did a lot of the same stuff as yesterday,” Flesch said. “I didn’t get off to a quick start, I parred the first five, but then when I got to six, I made a nice birdie and played another great back nine today. … And the putter’s hot, so I just want to get the ball on the green and give myself a chance to run it in. That’s kind of the game plan and that will be the plan tomorrow. It’s working, so I’m going to stick with it.”

The putter was not hot for Alker, who posted two bogeys to go with four birdies.

“I didn’t quite obviously putt as well,” Alker said. “I didn’t give myself as many chances. Wedges weren’t as close. Kind of struggled on the back nine a little bit, I missed some approaches, just didn’t have the yardage, so that kind of held me back.”

Langer put himself within striking distance with another solid round. He birdied five holes on the front nine to follow up his first-round score of 66.

“Got off to a great start, hit the ball pretty decent and made some putts,” Langer said.

Gene Sauers (68) and Jeff Sluman (68) are T6 but a distant five shots back.

–Field Level Media

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