Second-round notebook: Principal Charity ClassicMay 30, 2009
Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR Staff
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- For the ninth consecutive year, there is a single name at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes of The Principal Charity Classic and Nick Price finds himself in exactly the same position as he was last year in Des Moines, leading by one stroke. In 2008, Price was at 6-under 136 after two rounds. He carded a final-round 69, but his three-putt bogey on the final green left him in a tie for third, two strokes behind Jay Haas.
Player Nick Price Mark Wiebe Joey Sindelar Last Win 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am 2008 Cap Cana Championship Has not won on the Champions Tour (28 starts) Best 2009 Finish (stroke play event) 1-Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am T11-Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai T2-Toshiba Classic Last Time In Final Group (stroke-play event) 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (1) 2008 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (T5) 2009 AT&T Champions Classic (T4) 2009 Top-10s 3 1 5 Champions Tour Wins 1 2 0 PGA TOUR Wins 18 2 7 Residence Hobe Sound, Fla. Denver, Col. Horseheads, N.Y. Did You Know? The last time Price won multiple events in a season on TOUR was 1994 when he claimed six titles and was the Player of the Year Wiebe finished T36 in his first appearance in The Principal Charity Classic last year. In the previous eight years of this event, no player has made The Principal Charity Classic his first career title on the Champions Tour.
• Price is 1-for-4 on the Champions Tour when leading going into the final round. Earlier this year, Price took a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am and ended up winning his first Champions Tour event near Tampa. In 2008, he held one-stroke margins at The Principal Charity Classic and the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship heading into Sunday, but finished third in both events. Price also enjoyed a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the FedEx Kinko's Classic and finished third in Austin. On the PGA TOUR, Price won seven of 10 events when leading going into the final round.
• The last time Price won multiple events in a season on TOUR was 1994 when he claimed six titles and was the Player of the Year Wiebe finished T36 in his first appearance in The Principal Charity Classic last year. In the previous eight years of this event, no player has made The Principal Charity Classic his first career title on the Champions Tour.
• Thus far on the Champions Tour in 2009, Saturday leaders/co-leaders have won four of the 10 official events played (Keith Fergus/Cap Cana Championship & Regions Charity Classic, Price/Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, Michael Allen/Senior PGA Championship).
• The Principal Charity Classic has had its second-round leader(s) enjoy great success, winning five of the eight events. Jim Thorpe (2001), Don Pooley (2003), D.A. Weibring (2004), Gil Morgan(2006) and Jay Haas (2007) were 36-hole leaders who went on to victory. Bob Gilder (2002), Tom Jenkins (2005) and Haas(2008) all came from two strokes back to win.
• Haas will have an outside shot at three-peating at The Principal Charity Classic tomorrow. Haas' 4-under 67 today moved him up 29 spots into a T12 after 36 holes, four strokes back of Price. Haas has come from behind to win seven of his 12 career titles on the Champions Tour and made up a four-stroke deficit on Sunday to win the 2006 Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club.
• Tomorrow's winner will earn 259 Charles Schwab Cup points. With Bernhard Langer (922), Allen (720) and Larry Mize (593) all taking the week off, several players who are among the top 15 in the standings have a chance to move up. At the end of the official season, the player with the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million payout.
• The field averaged 71.410 today vs. 71.329 in the opening round yesterday. Through two rounds this year, the cumulative stroke average of the field is 71.369 compared to 71.205 after two rounds last year. A total of 27 professionals had sub-par rounds today vs. 32 yesterday. Through two rounds, 29 professionals are under par compared to 39 professionals under par after two rounds last year.
• After 36 holes this year, the hardest hole at Glen Oaks Country Club is the par-4 10th hole (4.382/+.382). The par-5 9th hole has played as the easiest (4.357/-.643). After just one eagle yesterday, there were 10 eagles made in Round 2, including three on par-4 holes -- Fergus (No. 1), Dan Forsman (No. 4) and Jerry Pate (No. 13).
• Two players from Utah made significant moves up the leaderboard today. Mike Reid's 5-under 66 was the best round of the day and moved him up 35 spots into a T6. 65-year-old Bruce Summerhays, playing in just his third Champions Tour event of the year, carded a 4-under 67 today, his first round in the 60s since posting a 66 last July at the 3M Championship near Minneapolis. Summerhays moved up 29 places in the standings and is T12 through 36 holes of The Principal Charity Classic.
• Andy Bean withdrew from the tournament while playing the 5thhole with a left foot injury. Bean was 4-over for the day at the time of the withdrawal.
This and That: Through 36 holes, Bruce Fleisher has hit 26 of 28 fairways...Mike San Filippohas hit 31 of 36 greens in regulation but is dead last in the field in total putts with 75...Jim Colbert and Ben Crenshaw have averaged 26.5 putts per round after 36 holes. Crenshaw has had 20 one-putts...Tom Purtzer's 372-yard drive at the par-5 15thhole today is the longest measured drive of the year on the Champions Tour....Craig Stadler's 11 birdies are the most by a player in the field...Tim Simpson had the only bogey-free round today...Walter Hall had the unusual round of the day. Hall had six birdies, nine pars and no bogeys and shot an even-par 71...John Harris' 5-under 30 on the front nine today was the low 9-hole score of the tournament.
Final-round play will start at 8:00 a.m. (CT) with leaders teeing off at 12:10 p.m.