Round 2 notes: SENIOR PLAYERSJune 29, 2012
Colin Murray, Champions Tour staff
Weather: Hot and humid under hazy sunshine with afternoon highs reaching 95 degrees. With the humidity, temperatures will feel closer to 100 degrees with a heat index of 105. Winds WNW 5-15 mph. The weekend forecast calls for more of the same with the chance for isolated thunderstorms.
• In his bid to join Arnold Palmer (1984-1985) as the only players to win back-to-back Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS titles, defending champion Fred Couples carded a 63 in the second round and leads Joe Daley by one stroke at 11 under. In addition to Palmer, multiple winners of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS include Dave Stockton (1992, 1994) and Raymond Floyd (1996, 2000).
• The second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship just eight times in the last 22 years, including just five of the last 15.
• Couples is one of only three players (Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd) to win both THE PLAYERS Championship and the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS. No players have won THE PLAYERS multiple times and the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS multiple times.
• The last player to successfully defend a title on the Champions Tour was Tom Lehman earlier this month at the Regions Tradition.
• Couples' 63 is one off his career-low score on the Champions Tour. He previously carded 62s in the first round of the 2010 Cap Cana Championship (-10) and the second round of the 2011 AT&T Championship (-10).
• Couples played his first 29 holes at Fox Chapel Golf Club without a bogey before his first and only blemish at the 450-yard par-4 No. 12.
• Couples has held the 36-hole lead on three previous occasions in 72-hole events on the Champions Tour and converted just one into victory, the 2011 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.
• Daley's second-round 64 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship equals his lowest round on the Champions Tour (R4 -- 2012 Senior PGA Championship) and enters the third round one-stroke behind Couples.
• Daley is playing in the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS for the first time. A total of eight players, most recently Peter Jacobsen in 2005, have won this event in their first appearance.
• The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS represents Daley's best position after any round in his Champions Tour career. His previous-best position following 36 holes was T19 at the 2011 Allianz Championship while his best position after any round was T7 at the same event (finished T17).
• During his PGA TOUR career, Daley held the lead after the completion of a round only once, following the first round of the 1996 Travelers Championship where he went on to finish T12, his career-best result on TOUR.
• Daley is competing despite not having any exempt status on the Champions Tour. Daley qualified for the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS by virtue of finishing No. 66 on the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS points list, which awards one point for every $1 earned from the event immediately following the previous year's Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS through the event immediately preceding this year's Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.
• Daley successfully Monday Qualified for the Allianz Championship and The ACE Group Classic earlier this year.
• Daley leads the field in birdies this week with 16. Dating back to his last start at the Senior PGA Championship, Daley is a combined 22-under over the course of his last four rounds. He finished 66-64 (-12) at the Senior PGA Championship and opened 66-64 (-10) this week.
• Daley has made 10-career starts on the Champions Tour (2011 -- 7, 2012 -- 3) entering this week with his best showing a T4 at the Senior PGA Championship earlier this year. He's earned $118,420 in three starts in 2012 entering this week (Allianz Championship -- T31, ACE Group Classic -- T12, Senior PGA Championship -- T4).
• Like Daley, Bill Glasson is in search of his first Champions Tour event and is T4 after 36 holes following a pair of 67s. Glasson's best result in 41 starts on the Champions Tour entering this week was a T3 at The ACE Group Classic earlier this year. The seven-time PGA TOUR winner finished T57 at this event in 2010 and T45 in 2011. Six players have made the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship their first Champions Tour victory: Jack Nicklaus (1990), Jim Albus (1991), Dave Stockton (1992), Stewart Ginn (2002), Craig Stadler (2003) and Mark James (2004).
• The winner of the Regions Tradition earlier this month for the second-consecutive year, reigning Champions Tour Player of the Year Tom Lehman is 7-under and alone in 3rd. Lehman has three major championship victories in 15 starts on the Champions Tour entering this week. He also claimed the 2010 Senior PGA Championship. He finished 4th in his only previous start at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS in 2011. Lehman also extended his streak of consecutive rounds in the 60s to 10 after his 67 in the second round.
• Mark Calcavecchia, winner of last week's Montreal Championship, carded a 65 in the second round and is 6-under, T4. The last player to win in back-to-back events was Michael Allen earlier this year at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am and the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (team event). The last player to win back-to-back individual events was John Cook (2010 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 2011 Mitsubishi Electric Championship). The last player to win back-to-back events in the same calendar year was Russ Cochran in 2010 (Posco E&C Songdo Championship, SAS Championship).
• Charles Schwab Cup points leader Michael Allen is 6-under and T4 through 36 holes. Allen is the only player with multiple victories in 2012 and is looking to become the first player with three victories in a season since Lehman (3) and Cook (5) in 2011.
• Larry Mize posted a 6-under 29 on the back nine at Fox Chapel Golf Club en route to a second round 65 and is T8. The low nine-hole score on the Champions tour in 2012 is 28 (7-under, back nine) by Peter Senior in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship while the low nine-hole record at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS was a 8-under 28 by Joe Ozaki (front nine, second round) at TPC Michigan in 2006.
• Reigning U.S. Senior Open champion Olin Browne carded a tournament-record 62 in the second round, bettering the previous tournament-low of 63 (9-under) recorded on three previous occasions, most recently by Tom Kite in the third round in 2003 at TPC Michigan (Par 72). The 8-under 62 equaled the competitive course record at Fox Chapel Golf Club and leaves Browne 5-under for the tournament, T8. The competitive course record at Fox Chapel was previously carded by William Miller at the 2006 Western Pennsylvania Amateur. The 62 is Browne's lowest round on the Champions Tour and comes in his 73rd start. His previous-low round was a 63 in the final round of the 2011 3M Championship.
• Browne's 8-under 62 equals the low round on the Champions Tour in 2012. Mize carded a 62 (10-under) in the first round of the ACE Group Classic, Kenny Perry shot 62 (10-under) in the second round of The ACE Group Classic, Perry also carded a 62 (9-under) in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship and Kirk Triplett (9-under) shot 62 in the final round of the Principal Charity Classic.
• In his first start in more than two months, World Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Watson is 3-under for the tournament after a 67 and is T12.
• World Golf Hall of Fame member Ben Crenshaw made the first eagle of the week on the short par-4 No. 7, holing a 48-foot putt from the back fringe. Crenshaw carded a 78 in the second round. Playing to just 295 yards, No. 7 yielded 35 birdies in addition to Crenshaw's eagle and played to a stroke average of 3.568, the third easiest hole on the course Friday.