Boeing Classic: Second-Round Notebooktext sizeAugust 25, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Ray Stewart is attempting to become the first open qualifier to go wire-to-wire in a Champions Tour event. None of the previous 10 players who open qualified and won were able to accomplish that.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS 36-HOLE LEADERBOARD Player Score 1. Ray Stewart 134 -10 T2. Scott Hoch 138 -6 T2. Bruce Vaughan 138 -6 T2. Denis Watson 138 -6 T2. Gil Morgan 138 -6 T6. Craig Stadler 139 -5 T6. Mark O'Meara 139 -5 T6. R.W. Eaks 139 -5 T6. Dana Quigley 139 -5 T6. Jerry Pate 139 -5
• So far this year, 12 of 21 events have been won by the leader/co-leaders heading into the final round.
• The last time an open qualifier led going into the final round was at the 2004 Senior British Open, when Pete Oakley held a one-stroke margin over Don Pooley and Mark McNulty at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Oakley is also the last player to open qualify and win a Champions Tour event (2004 Senior British Open). Stewart could become the 11th player to do so.
• Ray Stewart's last wins came in 1999 on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour, when he won both the TELUS Edmonton Open and the Canadian Masters.
• Craig Stadler made the day's biggest move, climbing from a tie for 53rd on Friday to a tie for sixth going into Sunday's final round.
• Ray Stewart is one of two players in the top 10 who earned berths in the field through open qualifying. Bruce Vaughan, who is currently tied for second, was an alternate from Monday's open qualifier, but got into the event when Jim Dent withdrew prior to the start. Vaughan will play in the final threesome with Stewart and Scott Hoch, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and the winner of this year's FedEx Kinko's Classic on the Champions Tour.
• Should either Stewart or Vaughan finish in the top 10, they would earn spots in next week's Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
• The only other Canadian to win a Champions Tour event was Dave Barr, who won the 2003 Royal Caribbean Classic. Barr hails from Westbank, B.C., while Stewart resides in Abbotsford, B.C.
• David Edwards withdrew prior to the second round due to back problems.
• Keith Fergus has now posted eight straight sub-par rounds in this tournament. He shot a second consecutive 2-under-par 70 on Saturday.
• R.W. Eaks had the tournament's longest drive so far, a 360-yard effort on No. 11 on Saturday.
• The scoring average on Saturday dropped from 72.782 on Friday to 72.156 on Saturday. A total of 17 players recorded rounds in the 60s compared to 11 on Friday and there were 31 sub-par rounds, seven more than on Friday.
• Seven of the top 10 players are seeking their first wins in 2007 on the Champions Tour. The only players in that group with a win are Scott Hoch (FedEx Kinko's Classic), Denis Watson (Senior PGA Championship) and R.W Eaks (Dick's Sporting Goods Open).