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    • Notebook: Toshiba Classic, Round 2

    • Another day, another red-number round for Bernhard Langer, who now has 20 in his last 21 trips to the course. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) Another day, another red-number round for Bernhard Langer, who now has 20 in his last 21 trips to the course. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

    By Champions Tour staff

    Bernhard Langer couldn’t quite duplicate his opening-round 63, but the 19-time Champions Tour winner posted a 5-under 66 and will have a two-stroke advantage on the field when play gets under way Sunday at the Toshiba Classic. After making the turn at just 1-under, Langer closed with birdies on four of his final six holes to hold on to his lead. Among those two strokes behind are Kenny Perry and Chien Soon Lu, both of whom made eagles on No. 18 to close out their rounds. Fred Couples is among four players three strokes back at 10-under.

    • Langer is bidding for his 20th career win on the Champions Tour and would become the 10th player to win 20 or more victories on Tour. A victory would tie him with Bruce Crampton and Jim Colbert for eighth place for career titles.

    • Langer is also looking for his second victory at the Toshiba Classic. He defeated Jay Haas in a playoff to win the 2008 tournament here at the Newport Beach Country Club.

    • Langer has now posted 11 consecutive sub-par rounds dating back to last year and 20 of his 21 rounds have been below par. The lone blemish was an even-par 71 in the third round at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the final event of the 2013 season.

    • Langer is among the leaders in several statistical categories so far in this tournament. He is T2 in driving accuracy (85.7 percent), T3 in greens in regulation (83.3 percent) and leads all players with 15 birdies.

    • Langer could become the second consecutive player to go wire-to-wire in this event should he prevail on Sunday. David Frost did it a year ago. The only other player to go wire-to-wire was Nick Price in 2011.

    • Here is how Langer has fared when he has led or shared the lead going into the final round on the Champions Tour:

    Year

    Tournament

    36/54-Hole Position

    Score

    Result

    2007

    Administaff Small Business Classic

    1st/+4

    -17

    Won

    2008

    Toshiba Classic

    1st/+3

    -12

    Won

    2008

    Ginn Championship

    1st/+2

    -11

    Won

    2008

    Senior PGA Championship

    1st/+1

    +2

    2nd

    2008

    Administaff Small Business Classic

    T1/Bryant & Nielsen

    -9

    Won

    2009

    Toshiba Classic

    T1/O’Meara

    -9

    T9

    2009

    Triton Financial Classic

    1st/+1

    -10

    Won

    2010

    Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am

    1st/+1

    -9

    Won**

    2010

    Senior British Open

    1st/+3

    -6

    Won

    2010

    U.S. Senior Open

    T1/Couples

    -5

    Won

    2010

    Boeing Classic

    1st/+1

    -15

    Won

    2011

    The ACE Group Classic

    1st/+4

    -14

    Won

    2012

    U.S. Senior Open

    1st/+4

    -10

    T2

    2012

    Senior British Open

    1st/+2

    -7

    T6

    2013

    The ACE Group Classic

    1st/+3

    -12

    Won

    2013

    Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

    T1/Chapman & Daley

    -8

    2nd

    2013

    Senior British Open

    1st/+3

    -9

    P2

    2013

    Montreal Championship

    1st/+3

    -6

    T4

    2013

    Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn

    1st/+2

    -10

    3rd

    2013

    AT&T Championship

    T1/Perry, Forsbrand, Goodes & Montgomerie

    -8

    P2

    2014

    MitsubishiElectric Championship at Hualalai

    T1/Couples

    -14

    Won

    2014

    The ACE Group Classic

    T1/Triplett

    -10

    T2
    ** - 36-hole event

    • A tip of the hat to World Golf Hall of Famers Tom Watson and Hale Irwin for their efforts on Saturday. The 64-year-old Watson bettered his age for the first time on the Champions Tour with an 8-under 63, while Irwin bettered his age for the third time in his career when he posted a 5-under 66, two strokes lower than his age. Watson’s 63 helped him jump from a T55 to a T12.

    • Scott Dunlap moved himself into a good position heading into Sunday’s final round. The rookie fired a 7-under 64 and will begin play on Sunday T4, three strokes behind Langer

    • D.A. Weibring made just the fourth hole-in-one in tournament history Saturday when he aced No. 17 with a 6-iron from 179 yards. It was the third hole-in-one for Weibring on the Champions Tour. His others came at the 2007 FedEx Kinko’s Classic and the 2011 U.S. Senior Open. It also marked the first ace on No. 17 in the Toshiba Classic. Weibring had four when he played on the PGA TOUR.

    • Here is how the second-round leaders have fared since the start of the event in 1995:

    Year

    Second-Round Leader/Score/Margin

    Winner/Score/Margin

    1995

    Tom Wargo/132/+1

    George Archer/199/+1

    1996

    Jim Colbert/133/+5

    Jim Colbert/201/+2

    1997

    David Graham/134/+1

    Bob Murphy/207/Playoff

    1998

    Hubert Green/133/+1

    Hale Irwin/200/+1

    1999

    John Jacobs/134/+1

    Gary McCord/204/Playoff

    2000

    Allen Doyle/136/+1

    Allen Doyle/136/+1 (36 holes due to rain)

    2001

    Terry Mauney/130/+1

    Jose Maria Canizares/202/Playoff

    2002

    Hale Irwin/131/+3

    Hale Irwin/196/+5

    2003

    Rodger Davis/129/+2

    Rodger Davis/197/+4

    2004

    Purtzer/Hatalsky/131

    Tom Purtzer/198/+1

    2005

    Mark Johnson/130/+3

    Mark Johnson/200/+4

    2006

    Purtzer/Thorpe/Eastwood/135

    Brad Bryant/204/+1

    2007

    Jay Haas/129/+1

    Jay Haas/194/+2

    2008

    Bernhard Langer/130/+3

    Bernhard Langer/199/Playoff

    2009

    Bernhard Langer/Mark O’Meara/133

    Eduardo Romero/202/+1

    2010

    Fred Couples/130/+2

    Fred Couples/195/+4

    2011

    Nick Price/128/+2

    Nick Price/196/+1

    2012

    Mark Calcavecchia/134/+2

    Loren Roberts/205/+2

    2013

    David Frost/129/+1

    David Frost/194/+5

    • A total of 62 players finished with rounds under par with 51 of those in the 60s. The field averaged 68.741, more than a stroke lower than Friday’s average of 69.938.

    • Scott Dunlap and Jay Haas remain bogey-free after two rounds.

    • Holes No. 8 and 16 were the most difficult to make birdie and only five players were able to do so on each one on Saturday. No. 8 ranked once again ranked as the most difficult on the course with an average score of 3.185 (+.185), while No. 15 was again the easiest at 4.296 (.-704). That hole yielded three eagles and 52 birdies.

    • David Frost increased his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 219, the longest current streak on Tour. John Cook, who is not competing this week, is at 200 in a row.

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