Round 2 Notes: Nature Valley First Tee Open

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July 09, 2011
Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Players off both the first and 10th tees on both courses. Cloudy throughout the day with temperatures only in the upper-50s and light winds from the WNW at 5-10 mph.

Round 2 Leaderboard: 1 -- Jay Haas 133, (-11)/PB; T2 -- Mark Brooks 135, (-9)/DM, Brad Bryant 135, (-9)/PB, Bobby Clampett 135, (-9)/DM; T5 -- Russ Cochran 136, (-8)/DM, David Eger 136, (-8)/PB, Steve Lowery 136, (-8)/PB, Jeff Sluman 136, (-8)/PB, Jim Thorpe 136 (-8)/PB

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Jay Haas shot a bogey-free 65, the day's low score at Pebble Beach, and carries a two-stroke lead over three players (Mark Brooks, Brad Bryant, Bobby Clampett) into tomorrow's final round. Haas' 65 matched his best score in this event (2007, Round 2, Del Monte). He birdied four of his first six holes and after making birdies at No. 8 and No. 11, Haas kept the round going by holing an 18-foot putt to save par at the par-3 12th. Haas then added five pars before sinking a 11-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish at 11-under-par 133 for his first 36 holes.

Jay Haas has now been a Saturday leader/co-leader 10 times in his Champions Tour career. In the previous nine tournaments he was leading or tied for the lead heading into the last round, he's won six times. The last time he was in this position was when he was tied for the lead through 36 holes of the 2009 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn and went on to victory.

• For the second consecutive year on Saturday, Monterey Peninsula native Bobby Clampett shot 6-under 66 at Del Monte and is now in position to win his first Champions Tour event. Clampett's lone victory on the PGA TOUR was at the 1982 Southern Open. He's now gone 333 PGA TOUR tournaments and 24 Champions Tour events without another win. Should he go on to win tomorrow, he would end a victory drought of 28 years, 9 months and 13 days, the second-longest time between a last PGA TOUR title and a first Champions Tour crown. Mike Fetchick holds the Champions Tour's all-time record, winning the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors International, 28 years, 9 months and 27 days after claiming the 1956 Mayfair Inn Open. Clampett's career-best finish thus far on the Champions Tour is a T4 at the 2010 SAS Championship.

• Several players with past success as professionals at Pebble Beach are in the mix for a Champions Tour title on the famed layout tomorrow. In addition to leader Jay Haas, the 1982 Spalding Invitational champion, Mark Brooks was a three-time winner of the Callaway Invitational (1992, 2002, 2009) and he's just two strokes back after a 64 today at Del Monte, the low round of the day. Both Jeff Sluman, a two-time Nature Valley First Tee Open At Pebble Beach (2008, 2009) winner, and Steve Lowery, the 2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner, are just three strokes off Haas' lead after 36 holes.

• Second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this event five times in the previous seven years, including three times in the last four years. The only exception during this period was in 2009 when Jeff Sluman rallied from six strokes back to win his second consecutive Nature Valley First Tee Open At Pebble Beach.

The last group on Sunday
Player Jay Haas Bobby Clampett
Last time in final group (stroke-play event) 2011 Regions Tradition (T5) 2010 Regions Charity Classic (T5)
2011 Top-10s 3, including T5 at both the Regions Tradition and Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic None, but had three last year
Champions Tour wins 14 none
PGA TOUR wins 9 11982 Southern Open
Residence Greenville, S.C. Raleigh, N.C.
Did you know? Looking for his first victory since the 2009 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship...Has been among the top 10 five times in six previous appearances at this event with his best finish a second to Craig Stadler in 2004. Best-ever finish in a PGA TOUR event at Pebble Beach was a T2 at the 1981 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (lost in a five-way playoff to John Cook); unofficial victories at Pebble Beach included the 1978, 1980 California Amateur and 1980 Spalding Invitational

• Thus far in 2011 through 13 events, only four Saturday leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win on the Champions Tour but it hasn't happened since John Cook won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in a playoff in mid-April.

• Tomorrow's winner will earn 240 Charles Schwab Cup points. Jay Haas, the current leader in the event, is in 11th place in the season-long standings with 511 points. Tom Lehman is the Schwab Cup points leader with 1,533 points on the season. At the end of the official season, the player with the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million payout.

• Australia's Peter Senior shot 75 today at Pebble Beach, ending his streak of sub-par scores at 16 straight, the best run of sub-par rounds on the Champions Tour this year. Seniors streak started in Round 2 of the Senior PGA Championship.

• In the pro-junior competition, Ben Crenshaw and his junior partner, Casie Cathrea from the First Tee of Greater Sacramento, shot a record team score of 12-under 60 at Del Monte today and stand at 19-under 129 through 36 holes. Cathrea, who at age 13, became the second youngest ever to Monday qualify for an LPGA event at the 2009 CVS Challenge at Blackhawk Country Club, shot 65 on her own ball today at Del Monte. "She's birdied the entire Monterey Peninsula," Crenshaw said afterward. Crenshaw and Cathrea lead Brad Bryant and his junior partner Brandon Baumgarten from the First Tee of Greater Sacramento, by four strokes. The low 22 pro-junior teams made the cut into tomorrow's final round.

• For the second straight day, there were 13 scores below 70 at Del Monte and the stroke average for Round 2 was 70.641 vs. 70.872 yesterday. Today at Pebble Beach there were nine scores in the 60s compared to five sub-70 rounds yesterday. The stroke average at Pebble Beach today was 71.872 compared to 72.513 yesterday. Through two rounds, the hardest hole at Del Monte was the par-4 7th hole (4.282). The par-4 9th hole has been the most difficult at Pebble Beach (4.231).

• Defending champion Ted Schulz shot 5-under 67 at Del Monte today and is T17 through 36 holes this week...Peter Jacobsen withdrew from the event (sick) after two rounds...There have been three eagles made at Pebble Beach and five eagles made at Del Monte through the first two rounds. Chevron is making an $8,000 donation for every eagle made this week through their Eagles For Education program. Each eagle will provide funding for 20 kids to participate in The First Tee program for a year.

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