Round 2 Notebook: Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

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April 23, 2011
Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour Staff

Weather: Partly cloudy with high temperatures in the low 80s and light winds from the SSE at 10-15

The team of Keith Fergus and Wayne Levi carded a 12-under 60 in the second round, the lowest score of the week, and share the lead with Sandy Lyle and Peter Senior at 20-under, who carded a 61 Saturday. One shot back are the teams of Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch and first-round leaders Tom Kite and Gil Morgan.

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This marks the first time since 1988 there is a tie at the top of the leaderboard entering the final round. There was a three-way tie for the lead in 1988 between Arnold Palmer/Miller Barber, Harold Henning/Peter Thomson and Bruce Devlin/Bob Charles.

Legends Leaderboard: T1) Wayne Levi/Keith Fergus & Sandy Lyle/Peter Senior (-20); T3 Kenny Perry/Scott Hoch & Tom Kite/Gil Morgan (-19); T5) Ian Baker-Finch/Joe Ozaki, Bob Tway/Tom Pernice Jr., Corey Pavin/Tom Lehman & Ted Schulz/Gary Hallberg (-18).

Final Raphael Leaderboard: 1st) Mark James/Des Smyth (-18); T2) Gary Koch/Roger Maltbie & Ben Crenshaw/Curtis Strange (-17); 4th Steve Pate/Denis Watson (-16); 5th) Dana Quigley/Jim Thorpe (-15).

• Each member of Sunday's winning Legends Division team will earn 230 Charles Schwab Cup points and $230,000 in Official Money.

Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf 36-hole leaders' scores over the last seven better-ball team events
Year Team 36-Hole Scores Margin Finish
2010 Andy Bean/Chien Soon-Lu 65-60 -- 125 (-19) 1 stroke T3
2009 Loren Roberts/Mark Wiebe 59-62 -- 121 (-23) 4 strokes T3
2008 Andy North/Tom Watson 59-62 -- 124 (-20) 3 strokes Won
2001 Jim Colbert/Andy North 59-65 -- 124 (-20) 3 strokes Won
2000 Jim Colbert/Andy North 59-66 -- 125 (-19) 3 strokes Won
1999 Hubert Green/Gil Morgan 61-67 -- 128 (-16) 3 strokes Won
1998 Hugh Baiocchi/David Graham 63-64 -- 127 (-17) 1 stroke P2

• Since 1998, four of the last seven 36-hole leaders in the Legends Division have gone on to win. The largest come-from-behind victory at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf was Julius Boros and Roberto De Vicenzo, who rallied from four-strokes back to win in 1979.

• Through the first six Official Money events on the Champions Tour in 2011, 36-hole leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win four times, most recently John Cook last week at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

• Levi and Fergus are playing together in this event for the first time since they finished T11 in 2008. Today's 60 is their lowest round as a team at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, eclipsing a 62 in the opening round in 2008. Last year Levi paired with Corey Pavin and finished T17 while Fergus played with David Eger in 2010 (T17) and Greg Norman in 2009 (T20).

• Levi is in search of his third Champions Tour victory and first since the 2004 Constellation Energy Classic while Fergus, also a two-time winner on the circuit, is looking for his first win since the 2009 Regions Charity Classic.

• Both looking for their first victory on the Champions Tour, Sandy Lyle and Peter Senior moved into contention with a 61 Saturday. They are competing together in this event for the second time after finishing T12 in 2010.

• Of the top four teams, Lyle and Senior are the only team that has carded a bogey and has not carded an eagle through 36 holes. They bogeyed the par-4 7th in the first round.

• Also looking for their first victory on the Champions Tour is Kenny Perry, who is T2 with partner Scott Hoch, and Corey Pavin, who is T5 with partner Tom Lehman. Lehman captured his first Champions Tour victory at this event in 2008 with partner Bernhard Langer. He's won twice this year (Allianz Championship and Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic) and leads the Charles Schwab Cup.

• Despite a bogey on No. 17, 2008 winners Andy North and Tom Watson charged into contention with a 62 and are 17-under for the tournament, T9. The bogey was just their second since first teaming together at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in 2006, a span of 270 holes.

• The team of John Cook and Joey Sindelar withdrew Saturday prior to the start of the second round. Sindelar pulled a muscle in his back on the first hole of Friday's first round and stopped playing after the fourth hole. Cook played the final 14 holes 6-under to post a team score of 7-under, but decided to withdraw when Sindelar informed him he wouldn't be able to play the weekend.

• "This is a team event and I didn't want to just play all 54 holes without Joey as my partner." said Cook. "If he would have told me that he could probably go on Sunday, I would have stayed in the competition, knowing I'd have him back for the final round. The fun of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf is the team concept."

• Cook and Sindelar's withdrawal was the first at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf since Doug Sanders in 1993.

Mark James and Des Smyth fired a back-to-back 63s to finish 18-under and win the Raphael Division by one stroke over the teams of Gary Koch and Roger Maltbie and Ben Crenshaw and Curtis Strange. The pair will split the $120,000 winner's share of the $477,000 purse. Smyth from Ireland and James from England become the second consecutive international team to claim the Raphael Division, following the team of Australia's Graham Marsh and South Africa's John Bland in 2010. Des Smyth won the 2005 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf when the event utilized an individual format.

• In his Champions Tour debut, 1996 U.S. Open winner Steve Jones finished T10 with partner Doug Tewell in the Raphael Division with rounds of 68-67 (-9).

• Liberty Mutual donates $100 to the Chaplains' Consolidated Tithes and Offering Fund at Hunter Army Airfield Fund for every birdie made on all of the par 3s during the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. During Saturday's second round there were 66 birdies made on par 3s. The field made 38 birdies in Friday's first round. Should a player make a hole-in-one, Liberty Mutual will make a $25,000 donation.

• The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf has gone viral, launching its official Facebook page earlier this month. Visit the page for exclusive access to contests, tournament updates, player insights, special events and more. Follow the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on Facebook at www.facebook.com/legendsofgolf.

• The hardest hole in the Legends Division was the par-4 6th, which played to a stroke average of 3.971, yielding just five birdies. The easiest hole was the par-5 11th, which played a full stroke under par at 4.000 and yielding 24 birdies and five eagles.

• The hardest hole in the Raphael Division was also the par-4 6th, which played to a stroke average of 4.375, yielding no birdies and six bogeys. The easiest hole was the par-5 11th, which played to a stroke average of 4.125, giving up 12 birdies and one eagle.

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