Notebook: Round 2, AT&T ChampionshipOctober 24, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff
• Andy Bean and Russ Cochran share the second-round lead at 8-under-par 134. However, Jay Haas trails by just one stroke and Jeff Sluman and Tom Kite are two back. Mark O'Meara, Tim Simpson and Scott Simpson are tied for sixth place at 137, three back.
• Rookie Cochran is bidding to become the first lefthander to win a Champions Tour event since Bob Charles won the 1996 Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic. The last time Cochran led or shared the lead heading into the final round came at the 1996 PGA Championship where he led Vijay Singh and Mark Brooks by two strokes. He eventually finished T17 after a final-round 77.
• Cochran is playing in his 386th event since his win at the 1991 Centel Classic. This includes 343 starts on the PGA TOUR, 28 on the Nationwide Tour and 14 on the Champions Tour.
Name Position/Money Score Position after Rd. 1 Mark James 30th/$489,150 144/+2 T47 Tim Simpson 31st/$481,487 137/-5 T6 Hal Sutton 32nd/$443,982 DNP Injured Fulton Allem 33rd/$425,783 142/E T29 Craig Stadler 34th/$422,012 142/E T29
• In the race for a spot in next week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, CA, here is a rundown on how players 30-34 on the money list stand after two rounds:
• Mike McCullough made a hole-in-one on No. 18, the second of his Champions Tour career (other was at 2004 U.S. Senior Open) and the 10th in tournament history. McCullough used a 6-iron on the 184-yard hole.
• Bean has won three of five events when he has led or been tied for the lead going into the final round. The wins came at the 2006 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn as well as the 2008 Regions Charity Classic and the 2008 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He failed to hold on at the 2007 Outback Steakhouse Pro-am. In addition, he was tied for the lead at the 2004 Farmers Charity Classic after 36 holes, but did not play the final round after an adverse food reaction forced him to withdraw prior to the start. Cochran has not led going into the last round on the Champions Tour but was one for four on the PGA TOUR.
Name 2009 Schwab Cup Points Points Behind Score/Position Loren Roberts 2,458 ------ 143/T41 Fred Funk 2,293 165 148/T62 Bernhard Langer 2,056 402 138/T9 Jay Haas 1,731 727 135/3rd John Cook 1,385 1,073 139/T11
• Five players remain in the hunt for the Charles Schwab Cup title. With 255 points available this week, here is where those players stand after the opening round. It appears only Haas, John Cook and Bernhard Langer have a chance to pick up some points this week. The winner of the season-long competition will be determined at next week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship where double points will be available for all 30 participants. The winner of the event will receive 880 points.
Player Andy Bean/-8 Russ Cochran/-8 Jay Haas/-7 Last Win (stroke play) 2008 Charles Schwab Cup Championship 1991 Centel Classic 2009 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Best 2009 Finish Four second-place finishes; most recent was T2 at Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn T2 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Two Wins Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn; Constellation Energy Sr. Players Champ. Last Time Played in Final Group 2009 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn 2009 SAS Championship 2009 Administaff Small Business Classic 2009 Starts/Top 10s 22/7 14/5 19/9 Champions Tour Wins 3 0 14 PGA TOUR Wins 11 1 9 Residence Lakeland, FL Paducah, KY Greenville, SC Did You Know? Qualified for the 1974 U.S. Open as an amateur and finished T64 at Winged Foot. Was one of eight lefties to win a PGA TOUR event; huge University of Kentucky fan Assistant captain of winning 2009 U.S. Presidents Cup team; member of Wake Forest Hall of Fame
• The final group will be comprised of Haas, Bean and Cochran. Haas and Bean have played in the final group two times; including last month's Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn where Haas prevailed by two strokes over Bean and Cochran (he was in next-to-last group). Haas also played in the final group last week at the Administaff Small Business Classic (T2) as well as the AT&T Champions Classic earlier in the year in California (2nd). Bean played in the final group at the 3M Championship (2nd). Cochran has played in the last group on just one occasion -- 2009 SAS Championship and finished T5. Below is a rundown on the final grouping:
• Former Texas standout Phil Blackmar made the day's biggest move, jumping 34 places (T45 to T11) after a second-round 67.
• Can Hale Irwin end his string of finishing outside the top 10 at 41? Irwin fired a 4-under-par 67 on Friday, sharing honors for the day's low round with five others. He will begin Sunday's final round T9. His last top-10 finish came at the 2007 Charles Schwab Cup Championship (T7).
• Hole No. 13 was the most difficult on Saturday with an average score of 3.364 (+.364) and only two players made birdie on the hole -- Gene Jones and Don Pooley. The easiest hole was again No. 15 at 4.442 (-.558). The field averaged 71.883 for the day with 19 rounds in the 60s and 29 sub-par rounds.
• Second-round leaders/co-leaders have only won this event 12 times in the previous 24 years. Since the event has been played at Oak Hills, only Haas (2005) and Cook (2007) have come from behind to win the AT&T Championship
• Kite trails by just two strokes and is hoping to end a 0-for-125 streak in his home state.