Notebook: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Round 2
March 23, 2014
- Billy Andrade shares the lead with Fred Funk after two rounds. (Cox/Getty Images)
By Champions Tour staff
• Billy Andrade, making just his fourth career start on the Champions Tour, used six birdies in a seven-hole stretch midway through his round and tallied nine birdies overall to post a 7-under 65 and move into a tie for the 36-hole lead with Fred Funk at 8-under. Funk carded a bogey-free 67 on his round today after posting 69 on Friday. First-round leader Fred Couples made just two birdies and none during his last 13 holes to record a 1-under 71 and is in a group one stroke back of the co-leaders with 60-year-old Jay Haas and the Champions Tour’s newest rookie, Jeff Maggert, who is making his debut on the circuit this week.
Sunday's tee times
• Because of the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, tee times have been moved up for the final round. Play will now begin tomorrow from both the 1st and 10th tees at 8:00 a.m. with the last groups teeing off at 10:00 a.m.
• Andrade’s 65 was the low Saturday round and his best score on the Champions Tour of the 10 rounds he’s now played since turning 50. His score today was one stroke off the lowest Saturday round in tournament history (64/Tom Lehman, 2011).
• Andrade shares a Saturday lead on the Champions Tour for the first time. The last time he was in this position on the PGA TOUR was when he had the sole 54-hole lead at the 2006 Barclays Classic and eventually finished T3.
• Andrade is searching for his first TOUR victory since the 2000 Invensys Classic in Las Vegas. He won four times in his PGA TOUR career.
• Andrade is also bidding to become the first first-time winner on the Champions Tour since John Riegger claimed the Boeing Classic last summer in Seattle.
• Last year on the PGA TOUR at the Sanderson Farms Challenge in Madison, Miss., Andrade was T23 after 54 holes and posted a final-round 65 at Annandale Golf Club to finish T5.
• Funk is a co-leader entering the final round of a Champions Tour for a third time. In 2012, he was tied for the Saturday lead at the SAS Championship and eventually finished T4. He also shared the 36-hole lead earlier that season at the Insperity Championship and went on to win.
• Funk is bidding for his ninth Champions Tour title and is trying to win his first event since the 2012 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. If successful tomorrow, Funk would end a victory drought of one year, six months, eight days or 29 Champions Tour tournaments.
• Funk is making his fourth Champions Tour start of the 2014 season. He was T10 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, T15 at the Allianz Championship, T12 at the Toshiba Classic. Funk also has made seven starts on the PGA TOUR with two made cuts – T65 Puerto Rico Open, T67 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
• Funk’s best effort in his four previous starts at Fallen Oak is a T4 in the inaugural event in 2010. He also was T7 in 2011.
Second-Round Leader Statistics
• Billy Andrade and Fred Funk share the 36-hole lead at 8-under. It marks the third time in the five-year history of the event that leaders after two days of this event have a score of 8-under 136. Last year at Fallen Oak, Roger Chapman, Joe Daley, Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin all were tied at that figure. In the inaugural event in 2010, Brad Bryant and David Eger posted two-round totals of 8-under 136.
• Here’s a comparison of the stats from Andrade and Funk through 36 holes at Fallen Oak—
Andrade: Fairways Hit: 21/28—T19; Greens In Regulation: 29/36—T11; Putts: 28.0—T7
Funk: Fairways Hit: 24/28—T4; Greens In Regulation: 34/36—1; Putts: 30.5—T42
• Second-round leaders/co-leaders have won three of the previous four Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented By C Spire events. However, last year Michael Allen came from two strokes back to win by a shot, the biggest come-from-behind victory in tournament history.
• Thus far in 2014 on the Champions Tour, three of the four events played have been won by 36-hole leaders/co-leaders. Last week, Bernhard Langer led the Toshiba Classic by two strokes after 36 holes but Fred Couples came from three strokes back to win at Newport Beach Country Club.
• Players in the last group have also won three of the first four tournaments on the 2014 Champions Tour. Fred Couples was in the next-to-last grouping last week before going on to win the Toshiba Classic.
• The winner of the 2014 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented By C Spire will earn a first-place check of $240,000, as well as 240 Charles Schwab Cup points. Bernhard Langer, the current Schwab Cup leader, is T12 after 36 holes this week.
• Fred Couples’ 1-under 71 today snapped a streak of 12 straight scores in the 60s, one short of Hale Irwin’s all-time record of 13 set during the 1999 campaign.
• Jay Haas will play in the final grouping with Billy Andrade and Fred Funk tomorrow. It marks the first time Haas has been in the final grouping on Sunday since last year’s Senior PGA Championship where he finished T2 at Bellerive behind Japan’s Kohki Idoki.
• David Frost was disqualified after play on Saturday when it was brought to the attention of Champions Tour Rules Officials that he had moved a stone in a bunker in Round 1. Frost thought it was allowed under the local rules this week, but it was not and therefore he signed for an incorrect scorecard on Friday.
• Defending champion Michael Allen’s even-par 72 today snapped a streak of nine straight sub-par scores at Fallen Oak.
• After Mark McNulty had the only bogey-free round on Friday (70), Fred Funk (67), Kirk Triplett (69) and Jim Rutledge (69) all had bogey-free rounds on Saturday.
• There were 20 rounds below 70 on Saturday compared to just 12 in Round 1.
• Through 36 holes, the par-5 6th hole played as the easiest (4.594), yielding five eagles and 67 birdies. The par-4 2nd hole has given up 12 birdies and was the most difficult (4.319).