Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs reaching the upper-70s. Winds were from the WNW at 5-10.Lift, clean and place rules were in effect on holes 10 and 11 only.
• One day after only four players finished with rounds under par, a total of 13 players bettered par on Friday, led by Russ Cochran's course-record 6-under-par 64.
• The last few weeks have been good to 36-hole leader Russ Cochran. After teaming with his junior partner Spencer Jones to win the pro-junior event at the Home Care and Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach last month, Cochran ended a lengthy victory drought the following week at the Posco E&C Songdo Championship in Korea, beating Fred Funk in a one-hole playoff. He then added a second win two weeks later at the SAS Championship.
• Michael Allen continued his solid play with a second-round 3-under-par 67 and trails current leader Russ Cochran by just one stroke. Allen is coming off a second-place finish last week at the PGA Tour's Viking Classic in Mississippi. He is currently 117th on the PGA TOUR money list and 20th on the Champions Tour money list. He has earned over $1.4 million on both Tours this year.
• Fred Couples withdrew prior to the start of Friday's second round with a bad back.
• Bruce Vaughan and Joey Sindelar enjoyed nice turnarounds in their Friday rounds. Vaughan shaved 10 strokes off his opening-round score of 77 with a 3-under-par 67, while Sindelar improved from a first-round 76 to a 3-under-par 67. Vaughan moved up 38 spots (T27) and Sindelar jumped 35 places (T21).
• The scoring average dropped more than a stroke on Friday as the field averaged 72.118 compared to 73.470 in the opening round. The course was played at 6,793 yards on Friday, 56 yards shorter than in the first round.
• Four of the top five players on the leaderboard own major championship titles, with three of those players winning them on the PGA TOUR. Mark O'Meara (currently third) won the Masters and British Open in 1998 and Tom Kite (T4) was the 1992 U.S. Open winner. Jeff Sluman (T4) claimed the 1988 PGA Championship. Michael Allen (currently second) won the 2009 Senior PGA Championship.
• The par-4 14th hole played at 262 yards and yielded three eagles and 30 birdies. Mike Reid, Gary Hallberg and Bruce Vaughan all made eagles. It was also the easiest hole with an average score of 3.658 (-.342).
• The most difficult hole was again No. 4, with an average score of 4.447 (+.447), followed by No. 11 at 4.434 (+.434).