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Couples makes an ace, builds 5-shot lead at Boeing Classic

August 25, 2019
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Fred Couples tosses the ball to his caddie during the first round of the PGA Tour Champions' Boeing Classic golf tournament Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Snoqualmie, Wash. (Rebekah Welch/The Seattle Times via AP)
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Fred Couples tosses the ball to his caddie during the first round of the PGA Tour Champions' Boeing Classic golf tournament Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Snoqualmie, Wash. (Rebekah Welch/The Seattle Times via AP)

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Fred Couples made a hole-in-one in a round of 9-under 63 on Saturday and built a five-shot lead after two rounds of the Boeing Classic, his hometown tournament that he is trying to win for the first time.

Couples made the ace on No. 9, using a 4 iron on the 203-yard hole. It was the highlight of another solid day from the Seattle native, who has posted consecutive bogey-free rounds.

David Toms rebounded from a first-round 70 with a 9-under 63, and was tied for second at 11 under with Paul Broadhurst, who followed an opening 66 with a 67. Bernhard Langer (68), Ken Duke (66) and Stephen Leaney (68) are another stroke back at 10 under.

Couples shot a 7-under 65 in the first round at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. The hole-in-one jump-started his round on Saturday as he went on to birdie five of the next six holes. Couples closed out the round with a birdie at the 18th for a 30 on the back nine.

Couples, who grew up about 30 minutes from the course, has never finished higher than a tie for third in the tournament.

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