Rd. 2 Notes: AT&T Championship

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October 15, 2011
Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Sunny and warm with highs in the mid-80s and winds from the SE at 5-10 mph.

Current Leaderboard: 1 -- Fred Couples (127/-17); 2 -- Mark Calcavecchia (134/-10); 3 -- Nick Price (135/-9); T4 -- Tom Lehman, John Cook, Peter Senior & Scott Simpson (136/-8)

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• Fred Couples set a new 36-hole tournament scoring mark and tied the event's 18-hole scoring record with a 10-under-par 62 to open up a commanding seven-stroke advantage with one round to play. The only misstep for Couples came on the fourth hole. After starting with three successive birdies, he doubled No. 4, hitting his 7-iron to the right and then his second into the bunker resulting in the double, but from that point on, he made nine birdies over the final 14 holes. His 36-hole total of 17-under-par 127 is the lowest in tournament history, breaking Mark McNulty's total of 14-under-par 130 in 2004.

• Couples' seven-stroke lead after 36 holes is also a tournament mark and the largest in a Champions Tour event since 1998 when Larry Nelson ((Pittsburgh Senior Classic), Isao Aoki (BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland) and Hale Irwin (Ameritech Senior Open) all led by eight strokes.

• Couples' 10-under-par 62 matched his career low in a PGA TOUR event. He fired a 62 in the third round of the 1990 Nissan Los Angeles Open and also had a 62 last year in the final round at the Cap Cana Championship, an event he won.

• Couples' 62 tied the tournament scoring record set in 2004 by Gil Morgan and matched a year later by John Harris. Those rounds were posted at the par-71 Oak Hills Country Club.

• Couples' round included seven one-putts on the back nine and 12 one-putts overall. He had just 24 putts in his round.

• Couples has amassed 20 birdies through the first two rounds, eight more than the next closest players -- Nick Price and Russ Cochran.

• Peter Senior is the one player without a bogey after 36 holes. Dating back to last week, Senior has a run of 40 consecutive holes without a bogey.

Position Name '11 Earnings/Pos. Rd. 2
26th Hale Irwin $585,203/T41
27th Tommy Armour III $557,992/T14
28th Brad Bryant $550,251/T31
29th Loren Roberts $547,579/T19
30th Tom Pernice, Jr. $527,775/T19
31st Bob Gilder $523,310/-$4,465/T28
32nd Mark McNulty $502,207/-$25,568/T47
33rd Fred Funk $494,758/-$33,017 (inj.)
34th Joe Ozaki $491,970/-$35,805/T47
35th Mike Goodes $491,841/-$35,934/T52
36th Hal Sutton $438,126/-$89,649/T8

• The race for one of the coveted spots in the top 30 and a berth in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship continues. Here is how some of the players in position 26-36 stand after 36 holes heading into Sunday's final round.

• The most difficult hole on Saturday was No. 11 with an average score of 4.308 (+.308), while No. 12 was the easiest at 4.526 (-.4749). There were two eagles and 37 birdies. No. 16 was the most difficult to birdie with just six.

• One day after shooting a 3-over-par 75, Tom Pernice, Jr. bounced back with an 8-under-par 64, an 11-shot swing. It moved him from T66 to T19. Pernice currently sits in the 30thposition on the money list.

• Tom Lehman currently has a 421-point lead over Mark Calcavecchia in the year-long Charles Schwab Cup race. A total of 270 points will go to the winner of this event. Calcavecchia could shave that margin some on Sunday. He will begin play in second place, while Lehman starts T4.

• It appears Hal Sutton and Bob Gilder may be the only candidates who may jump into the top 30 and earn a berth in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Sutton is currently 36thon the money list, nearly $90,000 behind Tom Pernice, Jr. (30thposition) However, he is T8 after 36 holes, and a finish in the top-three finish could possibly vault him into the top 30. Gilder trailed Pernice by $4,465 in 2011 earnings at the start of this event and is currently T28, while Pernice is T19.

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