Notes: Legends of Golf, Round 2
June 08, 2014
By Maureen Radzavicz, PGATOUR.COM
- Tom Pernice Jr. is in position to become the first player since Kenny Perry to win consecutive events on the Champions Tour. (Stephen Dykes/Getty Images)
Teammates Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen got off to another slow start for the second day in succession, but when the day was over, the pair has the 36-hole lead at the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf. Haas and Jacobsen were 1 over after four holes playing the par-3 Top of the Rock Course, but made seven birdies over the final 14 holes to lead by one stroke over the team of Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman. Haas made all five birdies on the back nine, including birdie putts of 10 and six feet on Nos. 17 and 18 to give them the lead.
• Should Haas and Jacobsen prevail on Sunday, it would be the first win for Haas since he won the 2012 Principal Charity Classic, while Jacobsen is seeking his first win on the Champions Tour since the 2005 Ford SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (now Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship) in Michigan. Both Jacobsen and Haas are over the age of 60. At age 60 years, 6 months, 5 days, Haas would also become the oldest winner of a Tour event since Bob Gilder, who won the 2011 Principal Charity Classic also at 60 years, 6 months and 5 days. Jacobsen would also join the 60+ group. He’d be 60 years, 3 months, 4 days. There have been 21 events won by players 60 and over on the Champions Tour. The last to do so was Craig Stadler last year at the Encompass Championship at 60 years, 21 days.
• Haas and Jacobsen are a combined 11-under on their back nines through the first two rounds. Their 6-under 48 on Saturday at the Top of the Rock Course was the low round on that course in the first two rounds.
• Craig Stadler and partner Kirk Triplett played their way back into contention on Saturday, posting a bogey-free 7-under-par 64 at the Buffalo Ridge Springs Course. They are currently three strokes back.
• One week after winning his third Champions Tour title at the Principal Charity Classic, Tom Pernice Jr., got himself into position to possibly make it two wins in a row. He and teammate Bob Tway, fired a 7-under 64 at Buffalo Ridge and now stand at 11-under through two rounds. Should they prevail, it would mark the first time a player has posted wins in successive starts since Kenny Perry won the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Senior Open last summer. A victory would also give Tway his first Champions Tour victory and first win in a Tour event since winning the 2003 Bell Canadian Open.
• Jim Colbert and his partner Jim Thorpe fought through the windy conditions at the Top of the Rock course to post a 2-under 52. As a result of their effort, they’ll begin Sunday’s final 9-hole round (better-ball) in the Legends Division with a share of the lead with Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson. Colbert has enjoyed some previous success in this event. He teamed with Bob Murphy to win the Legends Division a year ago and posted back-to-back wins with Andy North in the Champions Division in 2000 and 2001. The winner of the unofficial Legends Division will split a check for $120,000.
• The winning team in the Champions Division will each receive 230 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup competition. Bernhard Langer leads the race with 1,511 points followed by Colin Montgomerie with 1,227 points. Jay Haas is third with 1,182 points. Fred Couples (781) and Kenny Perry (774) round out the top five.
• The toughest hole to make birdie at the Top of the Rock Course on Saturday was No. 3. There were no birdies during the day. No. 7 yielded the most birdies with 14.
• The leaders will tee off at the Top of the Rock Course at 2:40 p.m. CT.