Jacobsen, Haas pull ahead at Top of the Rock
Two teams share the lead in the over-65 Legends division
June 08, 2014
By Brian Wright, PGATOUR.COM
- Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen shot 6-under 48 on the par-3 Top of the Rock course Saturday. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
RIDGEDALE, Mo. – Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk were leading the Champions Tour's Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops after Friday’s first round. After Saturday’s round, they trailed Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen by one shot.
Haas and Jacobsen fired a 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock Saturday to lead the event at 15-under.
“We were talking about it today. The alternate shot format puts pressure on you,” said Haas.
“Yes, we were even talking about it walking down the first hole,” Jacobsen said. “I looked over at Jay and said ‘I’m nervous.’”
Sluman and Funk, also playing at Top of the Rock, shot a round of 4-under to go into Sunday’s final round at 14-under.
“The highlight of our round today was the bogey on 4 in alternate shot,” said Funk. “Slu hit it in the water, and then when I hit my tee shot I put it in the back bunker. When he holed that bunker shot that’s as excited as I’ve been about a shot for a while.”
Craig Stadler and Kirk Triplett made a move Saturday firing a 7-under par 65 on the Buffalo Ridge Course. They go into Sunday’s final round trailing the leaders by three shots.
“It was windy but it was pretty consistent. So I think once we played a couple of holes, we figured out how is was affecting the shots,” said Triplett. “The greens were still receptive. This format comes down to making putts.”
Two teams are four shots back at 11-under. Tom Pernice Jr. and Bob Tway equaled the low round of the day at Buffalo Ridge at 7-under. Tom Watson and Andy North played Buffalo Ridge at 6-under to get to that number.
“We did ham and egg it pretty good today,” Watson said. “We’re 11 (under) so we’re in the hunt.”
Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry, co-leaders after round one, stumbled at Top of the Rock on Saturday shooting 2-over 56 to sit at 8-under.
The team of Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson led the Legends Division at 9-under after Friday’s opening round. The duo played the par-3 Top of the Rock Course on Saturday and struggled with 4 bogeys to just two birdies.
“Pin placements were hard,” said Fleisher. “And of course the weather and wind made it very difficult. There’s a lot of defense and not too much offense out there.”
Fleisher and Nelson ended the day at 7-under and tied for the lead in the 65-and-over division with partners Jim Colbert and Jim Thorpe. Colbert and Thorpe, also playing Top of the Rock on Saturday, carded 4 birdies to just two bogeys.
Both teams are three shots clear of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player at 4-under. Butch Baird and Al Geiberger also stand at 4-under.
The Legends will finish their competition tomorrow with 9 holes at Top of the Rock.