By Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff
-- David Frost’s 18-foot eagle putt on the last hole moved him ahead of Fred Couples into the lead after 36 holes of the Toshiba Classic. Both players came to the 18th hole tied for the lead and Frost hit a low running 3-iron second shot through a gap and the ball ended up behind the flag on the par-5 hole, setting up the dramatic putt. Couples then two-putted from 35 feet for a birdie. Both players fashioned 5-under 66s and for Frost, it was his eighth round in the 60s this year of the 11 he’s played.
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|Here is how the second-round leaders have fared since the start of the event in 1995.|
-- Sunday's winner will earn 263 Charles Schwab Cup points. Bernhard Langer, the current Charles Schwab Cup leader, is currently T11. Langer has finished among the top 10 in 17 of his last 18 events and has been among the top 3 in his first three touranments of the 2013 season. John Cook, who is currently in second place in the Schwab Cup race, is well back in the Toshiba Classic standings (T35) through 36 holes. Points are only awarded at each event for top-10 finishes and at the conclusion of the season, the player earning the most Schwab Cup points will receive a $1 million payout.
-- Scott Hoch, making just his second appearance in over a year on the Champions Tour, shot a bogey-free 7-under-par 64, the low round of the day by two strokes and his career-best round on the Champions Tour. Hoch had previously shot 65 four times, including in Round 2 of the 2007 Toshiba Classic. Saturday's round moved him up 32 spots in the standings into a T4. After suffering left hand and wrist problems for the better part of the last two years, Hoch made his return to the Champions Tour at the ACE Group Classic last month and finished T20.
-- Defending champion Loren Roberts carded a 1-under 70 to extend a streak of sub-par scores at Newport Beach Country Club to 12 straight rounds. Roberts is eight shots off the pace and in a T22 after 36 holes this year.
-- Newport Beach Country Club played to a field stroke average of 70.272 (-0.728) vs. 71.123 (+0.123) yesterday. Through two rounds, the course has averaged 70.698 compared to last year when the cumulative average after 36 holes was 71.081. Through two rounds this year, there have been 80 scores under par shot compared to just 62 through two rounds last year.
-- Bogey-Free Rounds --
-- Friday (6): David Frost (63), Chien Soon Lu (67), Peter Senior (68), Mark Brooks (68), Wayne Levi (69) and Olin Browne (69)
-- Saturday (9): Scott Hoch (64), Dan Forsman (68), Peter Senior (68), Fred Funk (67), Bernhard Langer (70), Corey Pavin (68), Jeff Sluman (68), Gary Hallberg (70), Mark Mouland (67)
-- Tommy Armour III and Gil Morgan lead the field in fairways hit with 25 out of 28 ... Armour III also leads the field in greens hit in regulation with 30 out of 36, however, he’s ranked T75 in putting with 63 total putts through the first two rounds ... David Frost, the tournament leader, leads the putting stats with 50 putts through the first 36 holes ... Fred Couples leads the field in birdies with 15 for 36 holes.