Round 2 Notebook: Allianz Championship

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February 11, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs in the upper 60s. Winds were from the NW at 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Sunday's forecast calls for breezy north to northeast winds with gusts into the 20 to 30 mph range through at least early afternoon before diminishing a bit. High temperatures will struggle into the lower or middle 60s tomorrow despite mostly sunny skies.

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Current Leaderboard: T1 -- Corey Pavin & Peter Senior (134/-10); T3 -- Bernhard Langer & Mark Calcavecchia (135/-9); T5 -- J.L. Lewis, Michael Allen, Peter Jacobsen & Joey Sindelar (137/-7).

Corey Pavin and Peter Senior share the second-round lead at 10-under-par 134 and lead Bernhard Langer and Mark Calcavecchia by one stroke heading into Sunday's final round of the Allianz Championship.

• This will be the second consecutive year that Senior was atop the leaderboard at this tournament. A year ago, Senior led Rod Spittle and Tom Lehman by one stroke after 36 holes. His total after two rounds in 2011 was 11-under-par, one better than this year.

• Three of the top four players on the leaderboard are former major champion winners on the PGA TOUR. Bernhard Langer was a two-time Masters champion (1985, 1993), Mark Calcavecchia won the 1989 British Open and Corey Pavin won the 1995 U.S. Open.

Corey Pavin has led or shared the lead in two Champions Tour events after 36 holes and both came in 2010. He led the Cap Cana Championship by one over Nick Price and led Mark Wiebe by one stroke at the Administaff Small Business Classic. He finished second at the first event when Fred Couples closed with a 10-under-par 62 and he was T5 at the second.

• Senior led here in 2011 by one stroke after 36 holes and eventually finished T17. He was T1 at last year's 3M Championship before finishing T2 near Minneapolis.

• Jacobsen posted a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday, his best round since a second-round 7-under-par 64 at the 2007 Toshiba Classic. Jacobsen has had just one top-10 finish since 2007 and that came at last year's Dick's Sporting Goods Open where he was T6. This is his first start since undergoing back surgery last November. He is currently T5 after two rounds and his effort on Saturday allowed him to jump 46 places from T51 after the opening round.

• In the brief history of the Allianz Championship, the player(s) who has led or been tied for the lead after 36 holes has only won the tournament once and that was Mark James at the inaugural event in 2007. No first-round leaders have ever won. In 2007, James was in second place after the first round and tied for the second-round lead with Jay Haas and Craig Stadler. In 2008, Scott Hoch, the eventual champion, was T3 after the first round and second after the second round, one stroke back of Jerry Pate. In 2009, Mike Goodes was T4 after play Friday and T3 after the second round, one stroke back of Tom Jenkins and Gil Morgan. In 2010, Bernhard Langer was T10 after the opening round, three behind Haas and Jenkins, and was T3 after 36 holes, one behind Tommy Armour III and Tim Simpson. A year ago, Tom Lehman was second and T2 after the first two rounds.

• Through the year's first event in Hawaii, the tournament winner has played in the final group in 11 straight events. The last time the winner was not in the last group was at the 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach when Jeff Sluman was in the third-to-last group.

Bernhard Langer could become the first two-time winner of this event. The Boca Raton resident is just one stroke back and shares third place with Mark Calcavecchia, who lives in nearby Tequesta. Langer won this tournament in 2010 when he made a dramatic 45-foot bunker shot to beat John Cook in a playoff.

Mark Calcavecchia is bidding for his eighth straight top-10 finish on the Champions Tour, dating to his victory last fall at the Boeing Classic near Seattle. He's been par/better in his last 16 rounds, going back to the 2010 campaign.

• The winner of this tournament will received 270 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Dan Forsman leads with 307 points followed by Jay Don Blake with 186 points and John Cook and Michael Allen with 121 points.

• J.L. Lewis could be in line for his best finish in a Champions Tour event. He is currently T5 after a second-round 67. His best showings on the Tour were a T6 at the 2010 JELD-WEN Tradition and a T6 at last year's SAS Championship. This is his 35thcareer start on this Tour.

Fred Funk rebounded from a 3-over-par 39 on his front nine to shoot an even-par 72 which included birdies on four of his final six holes. This is his first start in a Champions Tour event since last July's U.S. Senior Open in Toledo. Funk was sidelined for the second half of the season with thumb and knee issues which required surgeries.

John Cook recorded his 14th consecutive sub-par round in 14 starts in this tournament when he posted a 5-under-par 67.

• With much more difficult conditions on Saturday, the field scoring average jumped from 70.975 to 72.432 (highest 2nd round average in this event). While 50 players in the 81-man field finished with rounds under par on Friday, only 33 did so on Saturday and just 11 players posted rounds in the 60s, down from 25 in the first round.

• Hole No. 18 was again the easiest on the course with an average score of 4.728 (-.272). The hole yielded two eagles and 25 birdies. Hole No. 10 was the most difficult with an average score of 4.309 (+.309).

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