Dick's Sporting Goods Open: Second-Round Notebooktext sizeJuly 05, 2008
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Second-round leader Eduardo Romero has held a lead just one other time on the Champions Tour heading into the final round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, and that was at the 2007 Senior PGA Championship. Romero held a two-stroke advantage over Nick Price and Denis Watson at Kiawah Island, S.C., before finishing two strokes behind Watson for the title.
Inside the Numbers 36-Hole Leaderboard Player Score 1. Eduardo Romero 130 -14 T2. Fulton Allem 131 -13 T2. Joey Sindelar 131 -13 4. Joe Ozaki 133 -11 T5. Bruce Vaughan 134 -10 T5. Ronnie Black 134 -10 T7. Massy Kuramoto 135 -9 T7. Andy Bean 135 -9 T7. Mark Wiebe 135 -9 T7. Gary Koch 135 -9 T7. Bobby Wadkins 135 -9 T7. Morris Hatalsky 135 -9
• Of the top six players on the leaderboard, only Romero owns a win on the Champions Tour, having won his lone title at the 2006 JELD-WEN Tradition near Portland, Ore. Here are the previous best Champions Tour finishes by the other five players: Fulton Allem, tie for second at the 2008 Turtle Bay Championship, Joey Sindelar, fourth at the 2008 Principal Charity Classic, Joe Ozaki, tie for second at the 2007 Boeing Classic, Bruce Vaughan, second at the 2007 Dick's Sporting Goods Open, and Ronnie Black, tie for 49th at the 2008 Commerce Bank Championship
• So far in 2008, only six of 16 second-round/third-round leaders has held on to win the event in which they led going into the final round. Through the first 16 events, 11 of those have been decided by either a playoff or by just one stroke. In fact, heading into this week's event, seven of the last eight events have been decided by one stroke. So far, only
• Several players made big moves on Saturday. Massy Kuramoto shaved nine strokes off his score with a 9-under-par 63, the day's low round, and he moved from a tie for 40th to a tie for seventh. Jim Chancey jumped from a tie for 53rd to a tie for 16th following a 7-under-par 65, eight strokes lower than his Friday effort. In addition, David Ogrin and David Edwards moved up 32 places following 5-under-par 67s (tie for 61st to tie for 29th).
• Massy Kuramoto's 63 matched his low round on the Champions Tour. Kuramoto shot a pair of 63s previously, the most recent coming in the final round of the 2007 Principal Charity Classic.
• The winner of Sunday's tournament will receive 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. After last week's Commerce Bank Championship, Jay Haas leads with 1,671 points followed by Bernhard Langer with 1,413 points. Scott Hoch remains third with 1,026 points followed by Loren Roberts and Jeff Sluman with 1,026 and 796 points, respectively. The program offers $2.1 million in tax-deferred annuity payouts to the five leading finishers, with the winner receiving a $1-million annuity.
• Fulton Allem will be seeking his first win since claiming the 1993 NEC World Series of Golf on August 29, 1993, a span of 14 years, 10 months and 7 days. Allem's 65 on Saturday was his low round on the Champions Tour. Allem goes into Sunday's final round with five consecutive rounds in the 60s and nine straight par/better rounds.
• Three of the top four players are international players on the Champions Tour. Eduardo Romero hails from Argentina, Fulton Allem from South Africa and Joe Ozaki is from Japan. The fourth, Joey Sindelar, grew up about 50 miles away in Horseheads, N.Y.
• Brad Bryant hit all 18 greens in regulation and is 34-36 (94.4%) through two rounds to lead in that category. Morris Hatalsky leads all players with just 24.0 putts-per-round. Bob Gilder leads in driving accuracy at 89.3% (25 of 28).
• Des Smyth recorded the longest drive of the event when he blasted a 355-yarder on No. 15. It was his longest drive of the year.
• The most difficult hole was No. 13 with an average of 4.377 (+.377). There were just two birdies on the hole -- David Edwards and Jim Ahern. The easiest hole was No. 5 at 4.610 (-.390). The hole yielded 2 eagles and 29 birdies.
• The scoring average dropped nearly a shot on Saturday from 71.359 on Friday to 70.390 on Saturday. There were 32 rounds in the 60s compared to 26 on Friday and 51 players recorded sub-par rounds compared to 39 on Friday.