Round 2 Notes: Montreal Championship

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June 23, 2012
Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs in the upper-70s. Winds were from the NNW at 5-15 mph.

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Bob Tway threatened the competitive course record but a bogey on his final hole left him one shy of the record (8-under-64). However, despite his blemish on the last hole, his 7-under-par 65 gives him a one-stroke advantage over Mark Calcavecchia heading into Sunday's final round. Tway will be seeking his first Champions Tour victory which would come in his 60th event on the circuit. While Calcavecchia trails by one stroke, four players are within two shots of the lead, including 67-year-old Hale Irwin, Jay Don Blake, Michael Allen and 18-hole leader Russ Cochran.

• Tway's last victory came at the 2003 Bell Canadian Open where he defeated Brad Faxon in a playoff at Hamilton G&CC. This is his 207th start since that win.

• Tway has only held sole possession of a second-round lead one other time on the Champions Tour and that was at the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. He eventually finished T8.

Mark Calcavecchia, who trails Bob Tway by just one stroke, has enjoyed a level of success in Canada. He won the 1997 Greater Vancouver Open, the 2005 Bell Canadian Open (at Shaughnessy G&CC in Vancouver) and was a two-time runner-up in the Canadian Open (1989, '94). In addition, he also established a PGA TOUR mark when he reeled off nine consecutive birdies at the 2009 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.

• Can Sunday's winner emerge from the final group once again? Coming into this event, the winner has come from the final group in the last 20 tournaments. The last time it didn't happen was in early July 2011, when Jeff Sluman rallied to win the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Sluman was in the third-to-last grouping going into the final round

• The Champions Tour leader in all-time victories with 45, Hale Irwin will begin Sunday's final round only two behind 36-hole leader Bob Tway. Should Irwin prevail he would become the oldest winner of this tournament at 67 years, 21 days. Mike Fetchick remains the oldest winner at 63 years to the day when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational.

Bob Tway's run of six consecutive birdies (Nos. 7-12) matched the best streak on the Champions Tour this year. Earlier this year, Fred Couples (Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic/1strd.) and Mark Wiebe (Principal Charity Classic/3rd rd.) also ran off six straight birdies.

Rod Spittle has a chance to post the highest finish by a Canadian player in a Champions Tour event. He is currently T12. The best showing ever by a Canadian was a T3 by Moe Norman at the 1982 Peter Jackson Champions at St. Charles CC in Winnipeg.

• The winner on Sunday will earn 270 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Bernhard Langer (1,115 points) and Tom Lehman (1,046), the top two players on the current list, are not playing this week, so Michael Allen, who holds down the third slot with 1,041 points, could regain the lead he held for five weeks earlier this year. Allen has posted rounds of 69-68 and is currently T3.

Bernhard Langer is currently T22 after three rounds at the BMW International Open on the European Tour in Cologne, Germany.

Craig Stadler is currently T9 and could post his first top-10 finish since he was T10 at the 2010 JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon.

• The field scoring average dropped from 72.383 in the opening round to 71.889 on Saturday. There were 31 sub-par rounds compared to 38 on Friday and 14 players had rounds in the 60s compared to 16 a day earlier. The most difficult hole was No. 8 with an average score of 3.259. The easiest was again No. 16 at 4.654 (-.346). What was the most difficult hole to birdie? It was No. 15 with only three. Tom Byrum, Jerry Pate and Jim Thorpe made birdies on No. 15.

Loren Roberts will celebrate his 57thbirthday on Sunday.

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