Boeing Classic: Round 2 notebookAugust 29, 2009
Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR Staff
• Round 2 Leaderboard:
• Three of the top four players on the second-round leaderboard at the Boeing Classic have already won at least one Champions Tour event this year. Mark McNulty claimed The Principal Charity Classic in a playoff and lost out to Loren Roberts in another playoff at the Senior British Open last month. Roberts won both the ACE Group Classic and the Senior British at Sunningdale. Bernhard Langer has four official victories in 2009 (Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf-with Tom Lehman, Triton Financial Classic, 3M Championship). Mark O'Meara is searching for his first career victory on the Champions Tour in his 46th career start on the circuit.
• For the first time since this year's Cap Cana Championship in late March, there is a tie after 36 holes on the Champions Tour. Also, this marks the first time since the inaugural Boeing Classic in 2005 that players are tied after 36 holes at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. For the second consecutive year, 11-under-par 133 is the low score after two rounds (Scott Simpson, -11, 2008). Ironically, David Eger, the tournament's first champion, is the only 36-hole leader/co-leader to go on and win this event.
• Thus far on the 2009 Champions Tour, Saturday leaders/co-leaders have won just five of the 17 official events played. Fred Funk was the last Saturday leader to win when he was up by one stroke and went on to win the U.S. Senior Open by six strokes.
• The winner of tomorrow's tournament will receive 270 Charles Schwab Cup points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Funk currently leads the Schwab Cup race with 2,051 points. Roberts is second with 1,695 points and Langer is third with 1,615 points. The Schwab Cup offers $2.1 million in tax-deferred annuity payouts to the five leading finishers, with the winner receiving a $1 million payout.
• Overall, the field average for Round 2 was 71.551 vs. 72.603 for Round 1. The Saturday stroke average last year at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge was 72.318. Today there were 41 rounds below par compared to 32 yesterday.
• The toughest holes through two rounds of this year's Boeing Classic has been the par-4 11th hole (4.301). The hole has given up just seven birdies in two rounds. The par-5 1st hole has played as the easiest hole (4.615). The hole has yielded four eagles and 67 birdies in two rounds.
• The driveable par-4 14th hole at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge is the signature hole on the course. Today the hole played to a stroke average of 3.718 and gave up one eagle and 29 birdies. Of the 78 professionals in the field, 22 went for the green off the tee and it resulted in one eagle (Jim Thorpe), 13 birdies, five pars, two bogeys and one double-bogey.
Player Mark McNulty Loren Roberts Bernhard Langer Last Time In Final Group (stroke-play event) 2007 JELD-WEN Tradition (1) 2009 Senior British Open (1) 2009 Triton Financial Classic (1) 2009 Top-10s 4 in 16 events 9 in 15 events 10 in 15 events Champions Tour Wins 7 10 8 Residence Orlando, FL Germantown, TN Munich, Germany Did You Know? McNulty finished T7 at this event last year...Should he win on Sunday, it would be his first multiple victory season since 2005. Roberts has a streak of three straight top-5 finshes and a win tomorrow would be his third in 2009 (a first since 2006) and would be his second title in his last four starts. Langer could become the first Champions Tour player since Craig Stadler (2005) to win five times in a season. The last time he won as many as five titles in a year was 1997.
• The Last Group On Sunday:
• Mark McNulty is a cumulative 9-under-par on the back nine at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge (1 eagle, eight birdies, 1 bogey) thus far...Loren Roberts 1-putted 13 of his last 14 holes in Round 2... David Eger, the 2005 Boeing Classic champion, made the biggest move of the day. Eger's 7-under 65 included nine birdies and jumped him up 48 spots into a T10 (-4)... Craig Stadler's run of four consecutive birdies (Nos. 7-10) today were a first for him since Rd. 3 of the 2008 Cap Cana Championship. Stadler's 66 today was his best round on the Champions Tour since posting 7-under 65 in Round 2 of the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
• Hale Irwin, the Champions Tour's all-time victory leader with 45 official titles, is currently T10 after 36 holes of the Boeing Classic. He came into this week having not had a top-10 finish since the 2007 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, a drought of 36 events. Irwin had registered 195 top-10 finishes in his first 293 career starts on the circuit.
• This and That: Irwin and Bobby Wadkins have both hit 26 of 28 fairways off the tee...Langer, Nick Price, Stadler, Hal Sutton and Mark Wiebe all have hit 28 of 36 greens in regulation...Mike McCullough and Roberts have both averaged just 25 putts per round...Blaine McCallister had the longest measured drive of the day, 326 yards at the par-5 No. 15.
• Final-round play will begin at 11:40 a.m. (PT) with a two-tee start.