Principal Charity Classic: Second-Round Notebook

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June 09, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- This is the second consecutive week that Jay Haas has held a lead going into the final round of a Champions Tour event. He held a one-stroke margin over Tom Purtzer a week ago at The Boeing Championship at Sandestin before firing a final-round 73 to finish T5.

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS
54-HOLE LEADERBOARD
Player Score
1. Jay Haas 132 -10
2. David Edwards 135 -7
3. Denis Watson 136 -6
T4. Brad Bryant 137 -5
T4. Mark James 137 -5
T6. Jay Sigel 138 -4
T6. Morris Hatalsky 138 -4
T6. Dave Eichelberger 138 -4

• Haas is 4 for 7 on the Champions Tour when leading or tied for the lead heading into the final round, including a 2-for-4 mark this year. He won the Toshiba Classic and the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf after going into the final round with a lead. In addition to last week, he shared the lead with two others early in the year at the Allianz Championship where he finished second.

Brad Bryant posted the day's best round, a 6-under-par 65. But the biggest move of the day belonged to Hale Irwin, who jumped 36 spots following his 5-under-par 66.

• In its brief history, the Principal Charity Classic has seen its second-round leader win the event four of six years. Jim Thorpe (2001), Don Pooley (2003), D.A. Weibring (2004) and Gil Morgan (2006) were 36-hole leaders who went on to win. Bob Gilder (2002) and Tom Jenkins (2005) each came from two strokes off the pace Sunday to win.

• The winner of the Principal Charity Classic will earn 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with other top-10 finishers earning points as well. Through last week's Boeing Championship at Sandestin, Jay Haas remains in the lead with 1,215 points followed by Denis Watson with 1,069 points. Loren Roberts is third with 922 points followed by Eduardo Romero (844) and Brad Bryant (819).

Denis Watson remains one of the hottest golfers on the Champions Tour. With a win and two other top-10 finishes in his last three starts, Watson is currently in third place heading into Sunday's final round, four strokes behind 36-hole leader Jay Haas.

• The scoring average on Saturday dropped to 71.493 from the Friday average of 72.200. A total of 22 players posted rounds in the 60s compared to 16 on Friday and 28 players finished with rounds under par, five more than on Friday.

Hale Irwin increased his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 162. That is the best current run on the Champions Tour. In fact it was 12 years ago Saturhat Hale Irwin made his Champions Tour debut at the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland,where he eventually finished T4.

• After two rounds, the most difficult hole is No. 17 with an average score of 4.360, while No. 15 is the easiest at 4.540.

Tom Purtzer leads all players in average driving distance in the event at 321.5 yards Weibring, the 2004 winner of this event, leads in driving accuracy at 92.9% (26 of 28), while Donnie Hammond and Tom Purtzer are tops in greens in regulation at 86.1 (31 of 36).

Kenny Knox leads all players with 20 one-putts through 36 holes. Knox needed just 10 putts on his front nine on Saturday and had eight one-putts. The only two-putt came at No. 6. He shot a 4-under-par 67 on Saturday.

Jay Sigel may be in line for his best finish since a T8 effort at the 2005 Bruno's Memorial Classic. He is currently T6 after rounds of 72-66.

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