Pine Mountain, Ga. Davis Love III was inspired by a star-spangled gallery.
With thousands of soldiers from nearby Fort Benning bused in to Callaway Gardens, Love shot a 10-under-par 62 Friday to seize the lead midway through the Buick Challenge.
The 10-birdie round pushed him to 14-under 130, tying the 36-hole record on the Mountain View course. He was one stroke ahead of first round co-leader Vijay Singh and Chris DiMarco.
Tournament officials have routinely invited soldiers to attend the second round, but the tradition took on special significance after Sept. 11.
"I've always seen them out here," Love said. "Today I really appreciated them more."
Love dominated the 7,057-yard course on a sunny yet blustery day.
His score could have been even better: He missed from 6 feet for an eagle at the 11th and had another birdie attempt lip out on 16.
"That's the best I have hit it all year," said Love. "I made a few putts but I also missed a bunch of putts."
DiMarco was at 131 after a 64 that included an eagle at the par-4 third.