Daily wrap up: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, Round 2text sizeApril 27, 2013
By PGATOUR.COM wire reports
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Roger Chapman and Jay Don Blake teamed to shoot an 11-under 61 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf better-ball tournament.
Chapman and Blake were 17 under. The teams of Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman, Brad Faxon-Jeff Sluman, Scott Hoch-Jim Gallagher Jr. and Craig Stadler-Kirk Triplett were tied for second.
"The way it's all bunched up, it's all set up for somebody to shoot really low," Lehman said. "Like a 60. Or a 59."
The winning teams have shot 62 or better in the final round each of the last four years.
Chapman and Blake bring a nothing-to-lose attitude into the finale. The two credited another of their Saturday playing partners, Peter Jacobsen, for their second-round run. Jacobsen, teaming with D.A. Weibring, birdied six of his first eight holes and created "momentum" for all four players in the group.
Chapman parlayed the positive vibes into six straight birdies to start the second nine. Blake added a birdie at No. 8, a par 3 and their 17th hole of the day, courtesy of a 40-foot bunker shot.
"We made the turn, and I just kind of wanted to get in the golf cart and watch Roger," Blake said.
Chapman's been worth watching for almost a year now. He won his Champions Tour debut last May in the Senior PGA Championship and won again two months later at the U.S. Senior Open. The 54-year-old Englishman made more money in 12 Champions Tour events in 2012, $1.02 million, than in the previous four years combined on the European senior circuit.
"He may not have won a whole lot, but he's been a good player for a long time. He's never been a slouch," said Lehman, who along with Langer will play with Chapman and Blake in the final group. "He just maybe lacked that little something extra to get over the top. And I think he's found it."
Ian Baker-Finch and Bart Bryant partnered to win the Raphael Division, the 36-hole unofficial-money event. Baker-Finch, the 1991 British Open winner, made an 8-foot birdie putt on the thid playoff hole to defeat Keith Fergus and Blaine McCallister.