Round 2 notes: Senior Players Championship

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October 02, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

• Here is the second-round leaderboard:

1. Tom Watson (134/-6) T2. Jay Haas, Mark Wiebe, Bob Tway & Craig Stadler (136/-4) T6. Bernhard Langer, Loren Roberts & John Cook (137/-3).

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• While two rounds remain in the Champions Tour's final major championship, Watson moved himself into position for a possible sixth major title on the Champions Tour and his 14th overall. Watson has won three Senior British Open crowns as well as a Senior PGA Championship and a JELD-WEN Tradition on the Champions Tour. He shot a 2-under-par 68 on Friday and holds a two-stroke margin over Stadler, Haas, Tway and Wiebe.

• Stadler and Langer each posted rounds of 65 on Friday, to claim honors for the day's low rounds. Langer jumped from a T42 after the opening round to T6, while Stadler moved from T30 to T2.

• Defending champion D.A. Weibring withdrew prior to the start of his round due to a back and rib injury.

Hale Irwin shaved five strokes off his opening-round score and moved up from T42 to T13. Since making three successive bogeys on Nos. 11-13 in the first round, Irwin has made just one bogey in his last 23 holes. The all-time leader in wins on the Champions Tour with 45, Irwin is seeking his first top-10 finish since he was T7 at the 2007 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

• Irwin also leads all players in Driving Accuracy, hitting 26 of 28 fairways (92.86%).

• Friday's scoring average of 70.558 was more than a stroke lower from Thursday's opening-round average of 71.603. A total of 32 players finished under par, an increase of a dozen from Thursday.

• Surprisingly, the front nine proved a slightly bit more difficult than the back nine, a change from the opening round. The field averaged 35.325 on the front and 35.234 on the back nine.

• The 18th hole was again the most difficult at 4.468 (+.468) a slight drop from Thursday's average of (4.500/+.500). It was the second-hardest finishing hole on the Champions Tour in 2008.

• Current Charles Schwab Cup leader Fred Funk is currently T13 at the midway point. Funk leads Roberts (T6) by a mere seven points (2,109 to 2,102) with four events remaining. Funk is also bidding to become the only player to finish in the top 10 in all five major championships this year as well as running his streak of top-10 finishes in majors to seven.

• Although he currently ranks 41st in Putts per Round on the Champions Tour, Stadler leads the field in that category after two rounds with 53 putts (26.50 per round)

• Saturday is the anniversary of PGA TOUR victories by a pair of Champions Tour competitors. In 1982, Jay Haas shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s to post a three-stroke win over Curtis Strange at the Texas Open at Oak Hills CC. In 2004, Fred Funk ended a winless drought of 196 events when he claimed his second Southern Farm Bureau Classic title (he also won in 1998). His 22-under total of 266 tied a tournament record and he won by one stroke over Ryan Palmer in Mississippi.

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