Notebook: Round 2, Boeing ClassicAugust 28, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
Weather: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper-60s. Winds were from WNW at 5-15 mph.
• Bernhard Langer carded a bogey-free 9-under-par 63 at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge and holds a one-stroke lead over Nick Price after 36 holes. Langer's 63 today was his best round on the Champions Tour since he posted a career-best 62 in Round 1 of the 2007 Administaff Small Business Classic near Houston, Tex. He had just 23 putts for the second straight day and only needed 11 putts on his back nine in Round 2. Langer's two-round total of 15-under-par 129 shattered the old 36-hole tournament record of 12-under 132 at the Boeing Classic and his second-lowest two-round score as a senior. In 2007, he shot 127 for the first two days of the Administaff Small Business Classic.
• Langer is in position to win his fifth Champions Tour title of the 2010 season and third victory in his last five starts. Craig Stadler is the last player to win five times in the same season on the Champions Tour, doing so in 2004. Langer last won five titles around the world in 1997. He also won five times in both 1983 and 1984.
• Nick Price only made 11 total birdies over four rounds at last week's JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon. Through the first 36 holes of this week's Boeing Classic, both Price and Bernhard Langer have both made 14 birdies and an eagle, the most birdies by a player in the field. Tom Kite holds the record for most birdies in the Boeing Classic by a winner, carding 21 birdies in the 2008 event.
• Langer is eight for 10 on the Champions Tour when he's been a Saturday leader or co-leader. This year, he won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (rain-shortened event) as well as both the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open after being the overnight leader/co-leader going into the final round. Thus far in 2010, 10 of the 17 official events on the Champions Tour this year have been won by leader/co-leaders after Saturday's round. In the five-year history of the Boeing Classic, David Eger (2005) and Loren Roberts (2009) both shared a 36-hole lead at this event and eventually won.
• Did You Know? Bidding to join Fred Couples (3) and Bernhard Langer (4) as the third player this year with three or more titles. Trying to become just the third player to win two Champions Tour events in the same metropolitan area in the same year -- Lee Trevino in New York in 1990 (NYNEX Commemorative/U.S. Senior Open), Hale Irwin in Los Angeles in 1998 (Toshiba Senior Classic, U.S. Senior Open). Has played in 18 events on the PGA TOUR this year and was T7 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
The Final Grouping Player Nick Price Bernhard Langer Tom Pernice, Jr. Last Win 2010 Principal Charity Classic on June 6th 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee on August 1st. 2009 SAS Championship in his Champions Tour debut Best 2010 Finishes Wins at both the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Mark O'Meara) and Principal Charity Classic. Four victories -- Allianz Championship, Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, Senior British Open, U.S. Senior Open Making just his fifth appearance on the Champions Tour this year. Was T4 at the Cap Cana Championship. Last Time In Final Group 2010 Principal Charity Classic...On the Champions Tour, has not previously played in the final grouping on Sunday with Langer. 2010 U.S. Senior Open...Also played in the final grouping at the Boeing Classic last year (T3) 2009 SAS Championship 2010 Top 10s 9 in 13 starts 9 in 15 starts 3 in 4 starts, including a T8 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in mid-April, his last appearance on the circuit before this week. Champions Tour Wins 3 12 -- T20 on the Champions Tour's all-time victory list 1 PGA TOUR Wins 18 3 2 Residence Hobe Sound, FL Boca Raton, FL Murietta, CA
• Tomorrow's winner will earn 285 Charles Schwab Cup points. Bernhard Langer leads the 2010 Schwab Cup race with 2,506 points and he is currently in the lead this week after 36 holes. Fred Couples is second with 1,993 points (-513) and is T9 through two rounds this week. Tom Lehman, idle on the Champions Tour this week, is in third place with 1,420 points (-1,086). Nick Price, this week's 36-hole leader, is currently in sixth place in the Schwab Cup standings with 1,079 points. Points are awarded to only the top-10 finishers each week based on a per-thousand basis. At the end of the official season, the player with the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million payout.
• Today's stroke average of 73.156 was the highest in event history for any single round at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The previous high for a round at this event was 72.974 in Round 1 at the 2008 Boeing Classic. There were just eight rounds in the 60s today compared with 16 sub-70 scores in Round 1. Yesterday's field stroke average was 71.831.
• After playing among the easiest holes in Round 1 (14 th ), the par-4 2 nd hole played as the hardest for the second round, yielding just three birdies (Fergus, Mize, Forsman). In Round 1, the stroke average at No. 2 was 3.909 and today the stroke average was 4.286.
• John Cook's 2-under-par 70 extended his string of consecutive sub-par rounds in this event to seven straight.
• Today R.W. Eaks made the first eagle of the tournament at the driveable, par-4 14 th hole, holing a six-foot putt after his tee shot found the green. Last year, five deuces were made at No. 14 and 10 total eagles have been made there in event history.
• Olin Browne's run of consecutive holes without a three-putt ended at 216 straight. Browne three-putted the par-3 13th on Saturday.
• Hal Sutton's bogey today at the par-3 6 th hole ended his streak of consecutive holes at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge without a blemish at 51 straight holes.
• Morris Hatalsky had the up-and-down round of the day. Hatalsky had seven birdies and an eagle but also made six bogeys in his 2-under 70.