Notebook: Principal Charity Classic, Round 2
May 31, 2014
- Michael Allen trails by just one stroke heading into the final round. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Doug Garwood (133/-11)
• Followed his bogey-free 4-under-par 68 with a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 and holds a one-stroke advantage over Michael Allen.
• Is a conditionally-exempt player this year after finishing 8th at last year’s Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament. Looked to be on his way to securing one of the fully-exempt spots (top five) at the 2013 Q-School but three-putted for bogey on the 72nd hole to fall back into a four-man playoff for one of the final two exempt spots. However, made a double bogey on the second extra hole to fall four spots and earn a conditional exemption.
• Played on the Web.com Tour from 2002-05 with his best finish a second at the 2002 State Farm Open where he was one of four players in a playoff won by Andy Miller.
• Finished T7 here a year ago as a qualifier in his first Champions Tour start. Michael Allen was also T7.
• Is making just his fourth start this year. Best effort a T25 at the Allianz Championship.
• Bidding to become the first first-time winner at this event. A victory would earn him fully-exempt status for one calendar year as well as a two-year exemption into the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualapai.
• Has a degree in English Literature from Fresno State.
Michael Allen (134/-10)
• Has posted rounds of 68-66 and trails Doug Garwood by one stroke.
• Bidding for his second win in 2014 as well as his seventh career victory. Earlier this year he went wire-to-wire and defeated Duffy Waldorf in a playoff to win the Allianz Championship. Opened with a 12-under-par 60 which matched the Champions Tour 18-hole scoring record.
• In addition to his win, he owns three other top-10 finishes, including a T5 at the Toshiba Classic.
• Has finished in the top 10 in each of his two previous appearances here – T9 in 2011 and T7 last year.
• Second-round leader/co-leaders have gone on to win this event seven of 13 times – Jim Thorpe (2001), Don Pooley (2003), D.A. Weibring (2004), Gil Morgan (2006), Jay Haas (2007), Nick Price (2010) and Jay Haas (2012). Weibring (2004) and Haas (2007) are the only wire-to-wire winners of the event. Ten of the 12 winners of this tournament have carded three rounds in the 60s. So far in 2014, seven of the previous nine events have been won by the second/third-round leader or co-leaders, including the previous four.
• Sunday’s winner will receive 263 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Bernhard Langer, the current leader, is not in this week’s event. He leads with 1,511 points followed by Colin Montgomerie with 1,227. Jay Haas is third with 1,086.
• No player has come from more than two strokes back to win The Principal Charity Classic and five different champions have made up that deficit to win –Bob Gilder (2002, 2011), Tom Jenkins (2005), Jay Haas (2008), Mark McNulty (2009) and Russ Cochran (2013).
• Five years after making his Champions Tour debut at the Principal Charity Classic, Olin Browne rebounded from an opening-round 74, with a 6-under-par 66, which included a 6-under-par 30 on the front nine. He jumped from T61 to T19.
• One of the best moves of the day came from Bob Gilder, a two-time winner here in Des Moines. After a 1-over-par 73, Gilder posted a 6-under-par 66 to move from T52 to T15.
• Jay Haas posted his second straight 3-under-par 69 and now has 28 sub-par rounds in 31 starts this year, including 20 in the 60s.
• Craziest card of the day was turned in by John Riegger. After opening double bogey, bogey, and bogey, he rebounded by playing the final 15 holes at 8-under-par. His run included an eagle and seven birdies. He is currently T5.
• The field averaged 70.568, nearly a stroke lower than Friday’s average of 71.457. A total of 29 players finished with rounds in the 60s and 50 were below par.
• The most difficult hole was No. 1 with an average score of 4.284 (+.284). The easiest was No. 5 with an average score of 4.543 (-.457).