Notebook: Principal Charity Classic, Round 2

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June 01, 2013

By Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff

-- Duffy Waldorf used a run of four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine to shoot a bogey-free, 5-under-par 67 and take a one-stroke lead over Jay Don Blake and Bart Bryant after 36 holes at The Wakonda Club. Waldorf started the day in a four-way tie for the lead, but quickly fell back after making just one birdie and eight pars over his first nine holes. He moved back up the leaderboard with short birdie putts of less than 10 feet at Nos. 11-13. He finished off the flurry with a two-putt birdie from 25 feet on the par-5 15th hole.

-- Waldorf is the only player in this year’s Principal Charity Classic with two rounds under 70 over the first two days of the tournament.

-- Waldorf is bidding for his first career victory on the Champions Tour in his 13th start on the circuit. Best finish to date on the Champions Tour is a runner-up effort last year at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

-- Thus far in 2013, Waldorf's best performance on the Champions Tour has been a T5 at the inaugural Greater Gwinnett Championship near Atlanta. Also, T6 last week at the Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive.

-- In three 2013 PGA TOUR appearances, Waldorf's made two cuts and was T39 at the Puerto Rico Open. Also has one start on the Web.com Tour, finishing T64 at the South Georgia Classic.

-- Waldorf is searching for his first TOUR victory since winning the 2000 National Car Rental Golf Classic at Disney and a win in Des Moines would end a drought of 12 years, 7 months, 3 days.

-- Waldorf would also become the third consecutive rookie to win on the Champions Tour and fourth overall this year, joining Esteban Toledo (Insperity Championship) and Kohki Idoki (Senior PGA Championship), a first since 2004 when Mark James (Ford Senior Players Champ.), Pete Oakley (Senior British Open) and Peter Jacobsen (U.S. Senior Open) all won in succession. Rocco Mediate won the Allianz Championship in his first start on the Champions Tour earlier this year.

-- Waldorf would also become the third straight first-time winner in 2013 and that would be a first since 2011 when Mark Calcavecchia (Boeing Classic), Jay Don Blake (Songdo IBD Champ.) and Kenny Perry (SAS Champ.) all won in a row.

-- Jay Don Blake is bidding for his fourth career title on the Champions Tour [2011 Songdo IBD Championship, 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 2012 Boeing Classic] and a victory tomorrow would be his second in the last 16 starts on the circuit.

-- A win tomorrow would also mark the third consecutive year Blake's claimed at least one event on the Champions Tour.

-- Blake has made just two bogeys over his first 36 holes at the Wakonda Club and none in his last 25 holes.

-- Blake's two previous appearances at The Principal Charity Classic – T9/2011, T43/2012.

-- Bart Bryant shot the competitive course record at the Wakonda Club, eclipsing the old mark of 65 by Hal Sutton in 1984 during the John Ruan MS Charity Golf Classic and equalled by Peter Senior earlier in the day.

-- Bryant is bidding for his first career victory on the Champions Tour in his seventh start on the circuit. Best finish to date on the Champions Tour is a T13 at last week’s Senior PGA Championship. Also made two appearances on the PGA TOUR this year – T41 Sony Open, MC Humana Challenge.

-- Bryant is searching for his first TOUR victory since winning the 2005 TOUR Championship and a win in Des Moines would end a drought of 7 years, 6 months, 26 days. Also won the 2005 Memorial, this week’s stop on the PGA TOUR, as well as the 2004 Valero Texas Open.

-- Victory tomorrow would make Bart Bryant and older brother Brad the third set of brothers to claim Champions Tour events – Dave (6)/Mike Hill (18), Lanny (1)/Bobby Wadkins (4).

-- Bryant would also become the third consecutive rookie to win on the Champions Tour, joining Esteban Toledo (Insperity Championship) and Kohki Idoki (Senior PGA Championship), a first since 2004 when Mark James (Ford Senior Players Champ.), Pete Oakley (Senior British Open) and Peter Jacobsen (U.S. Senior Open) all won in succession.

-- Bryant would also become the third straight first-time winner in 2013 and that would be a first since 2011 when Mark Calcavecchia (Boeing Classic), Jay Don Blake (Songdo IBD Champ.) and Kenny Perry (SAS Champ.) all won in a row.

Tournament Notes

-- Three players (Duffy Waldorf, Bart Bryant, Peter Senior) are among the top five on the 36-hole leaderboard who are in search of their first Champions Tour titles. However, in the history of The Principal Charity Classic, no player has made this event his first victory on the Champions Tour.

-- Second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this event seven of the previous 12 years, including Jay Haas (2012) and Nick Price (2010) in the last three Principal Charity Classics. Thus far on the 2013 Champions Tour, Saturday leaders/co-leaders have only won three of the previous nine tournaments and it hasn’t happened since David Frost lead heading into the final round of the Toshiba Classic and went on to win in Newport Beach.

-- The winner of this tournament has come from the final grouping in each of the last three years and nine times in the 12-year history of The Principal Charity Classic. Thus far in 2013, tournament winners have come from the last grouping five times in the first nine events but not since Bernhard Langer at the inaugural Greater Gwinnett Championship in mid-April.

-- Defending champion Jay Haas will need a big rally if he hopes to defend his Principal Charity Classic title for a second time. Haas carded a 70 today and finds himself T12 after two rounds, five strokes off the lead. In the history of this event, no winner has ever come from more than two strokes back to win. Haas is bidding to claim a fourth Principal Charity Classic title and if successful on Sunday, he would join Hale Irwin and Jack Nicklaus as the third player to win the same event four or more times.

-- Peter Senior vaulted into contention for his first Champions Tour title with a bogey-free, 7-under 65 today, his best round ever in this event. Senior ranks second on the current list of players with the most Champions Tour career money that have not won an event on the circuit – Joey Sindelar ($3,777,848), Peter Senior ($3,670,253), Joe Ozaki ($3,385,239).

-- The winner of tomorrow’s Principal Charity Classic will earn 263 Charles Schwab Cup points. Duffy Waldorf, the 36-hole leader, is currently T18 in the season-long standings. Bernhard Langer, the current Schwab Cup leader, is T53 through 36 holes this week and doesn’t figure to earn any Schwab Cup points this week in Des Moines. Points are awarded for top-10 finishes during the season and the player earning the most points

-- With less wind and a second consecutive day playing preferred lies, Wakonda Club played much easier than on Friday. There were 18 scores in the 60s today and the field stroke average was 71.575 (-0.425). Yesterday, there were only four rounds below 70 and the field scoring average was 73.469 (+1.469), the highest for any round in this event since the final day in 2004 (2.182). Today there were 257 birdies made versus 217 birdies in Round 1.

-- Through two rounds, the par-4 3rd hole has played as the most difficult (4.354) and has yielded a total of eight birdies. The par-5 13th hole played as the easiest (4.677), giving up 61 birdies.

-- Fred Funk withdrew before the start of the second round with a recurring case of vertigo.

-- Former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman will return to Wakonda Club tomorrow and walk the final two holes with the last grouping. Beman won the second of his two U.S. Amateur titles at Wakonda in 1963, defeating R.H. Sikes 2 & 1 in the final match.

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