Wal-Mart First Tee Open: Second-Round NotebookSeptember 01, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Sixty-two-year-old Hale Irwin or 60-year-old Gil Morgan could become the 17th player age 60+ to earn a win on the Champions Tour. In fact, Irwin owns three wins in that category, including this tournament in 2005 as well as earlier this year at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS 36-HOLE LEADERBOARD Player Score T1. Hale Irwin 135 -9 T1. Des Smyth 135 -9 T1. Gil Morgan 135 -9 T4. Joe Ozaki 137 -7 T4. Lonnie Nielsen 137 -7 T4. Tom Watson 137 -7 T4. Morris Hatalsky 137 -7 8. Jay Haas 138 -6
• Irwin and Morgan have been two of the most dominant players on the Champions Tour in their careers. Irwin has won a record 45 career titles, while Morgan has 24 victories and ranks third (tie with Miller Barber) behind Irwin and Lee Trevino (29) in that category.
• Should Irwin prevail on Sunday, it would be his eighth victory in the state of California, including six on the Champions Tour.
• In his Champions Tour career, Irwin has won 33 of 49 events when he has led or been tied for the lead going into the final round. Morgan has won 16 of 30 events he has led or been tied for the lead going into the final round. Des Smyth has only led or been tied for the lead going into the final round one time, which was at the 2003 Senior PGA Championship. He finished tied for fifth.
• Des Smyth fashioned an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday at Del Monte GC, tying the tournament scoring record at that site (D.A. Weibring/2006/1st Round). Smyth's 64 helped him jump from a tie for 32nd on Friday into a tie for the lead with Irwin and Morgan.
• A total of 300 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race will be awarded to Sunday's winner. Jay Haas leads with 2,213 points followed by Brad Bryant (2,019), Loren Roberts (1,840), Denis Watson (1,656) and Tom Watson (1,430).
• In the pro-junior competition, the team of Morris Hatalsky and Harold Varner (Gastonia, N.C.) at 17-under-par 127, hold a one-stroke margin over Joe Ozaki and Sam Mysock (Tulsa, Okla./The First Tee of Tulsa).
• The amateur team of Brett and Harry Trevett lead the amateur team competition at 29-under-par 115. They lead the teams of Jim Chadwick/David Johnson and Philippa Lynch/Mary Nevins by one stroke.
• Japan's Joe Ozaki, who was one of seven players in last week's record playoff at the Boeing Classic, jumped from a tie for 40th to a tie for fourth after a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday. Also making a big move was Jay Haas, who went from a tie for 54th to eighth after a 65, eight strokes better than his opening-round 73.
• Four of the top 17 players have enjoyed previous success on the Monterey Peninsula, including Tom Watson, who won the 1977 and 1978 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am as well as the 1982 U.S. Open. Co-leader Hale Irwin won this tournament in 2005 and also won the 1984 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Tom Kite (tie for 14th) won both the 1983 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and Ben Crenshaw (tie for 14th) won the 1976 Bing Crosby Pro-Am.
• Of the top 13 players on the leaderboard, 10 of those played their rounds at the Del Monte GC Saturday. The exceptions were Lonnie Nielsen (tie for fourth), Craig Stadler (tie for ninth) and Tom Purtzer (tie for ninth). On Friday, nine of the top 11 players on the scoreboard played their rounds at the Del Monte.
• World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson hopes he can stage a repeat of his 1982 visit to Pebble Beach on Sunday. It was 25 years ago (1982) when Watson chipped in on the 71st hole to defeat Jack Nicklaus and win the U.S. Open on the course.
• Saturday's scoring average at Pebble Beach was 73.615, a jump from Friday's average of 71.949. The average at Del Monte was 70.205 on Saturday compared to 70.667 Friday.
• There have been just seven rounds in the 60s after 36 holes at the Pebble Beach GL compared to 26 at Del Monte GC. All players will finish the tournament on Sunday at the Pebble Beach.