Notebook: Round 2, Boeing Classic

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August 25, 2012
Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Sunny with highs in the upper-70s and winds from the NW at 5-10 mph.

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• Sixty-four-year-old Tom Jenkins missed shooting his age by one stroke today, but his bogey-free, 7-under 65 was good enough to move him into the top spot after 36 holes of this year's Boeing Classic. Jenkins is two-strokes in front of Willie Wood, last week's winner at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, and five other players, including defending champion Mark Calcavecchia, trail by three. Jenkins' two-stroke margin is the largest 36-hole lead in this event since Scott Simpson led the 2008 tournament by two shots after two rounds. Jenkins is bidding to become the oldest winner ever on the Champions Tour. The all-time record is currently held by Mike Fetchick who won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors International on his 63rd birthday. Tom Kite is the oldest winner in tournament history, claiming the 2008 Boeing Classic at 58 years of age.

Tom Jenkins hasn't won on the Champions Tour since the 2006 SAS Championship, 138 starts ago. He's bidding for his eighth career title. Jenkins' best finish on the 2012 season is a T9 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Bruce Fleisher). He last held a share of the 36-hole lead at the 2009 Allianz Championship. The last time he was a solo leader after two rounds on the Champions Tour was at the 2008 ACE Group Classic. Jenkins' last top-10 finish in a stroke-play event came at the 2010 Ensure Classic at Rock Barn (T9).

• Jenkins' eagle-2 at the par-4 3rd hole, with an 8-iron second shot from 148 yards, was only the second deuce on that hole in tournament history. In the final round of the 2005 event, Bruce Summerhays made a two on the 439-yard hole. Just two birdies were made on the 3rd hole in Round 1 and it played as the second hardest (4.443) for the day. Today, the par-3 8th was the eighth hardest (4.103), yielding nine birdies in addition to the Jenkins eagle.

• Jenkins' 65 today was his best score on the Champions Tour since he had 65 in Round 3 of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in late June of this year.

• Jenkins plays in the final grouping on Sunday for the first time since the 2009 Allianz Championship where he finished T4. Five of the previous seven winners of the Boeing Classic came from the final grouping with it happening four of the last five years.

• Tomorrow's winner will earn 300 Charles Schwab Cup points. Tom Lehman, the current Schwab Cup leader, is idle this week. Bernhard Langer is currently in second place in the season-long standings and trails Lehman by 104 points. Through 36 holes this week, Langer is T23 and is in danger of having his streak of 10 straight top-10 finishes come to an end. At the end of the official season, the player earning the most Charles Schwab Cup points will receive a $1 million payout.

• Second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win the Boeing Classic four times in seven years, including each of the last three tournaments. Overall on the 2012 Champions Tour, players leading/co-leading heading into the final round have won 11 times in the previous 18 tournaments.

• Mark O'Meara made the biggest move of the day, shooting Saturday's low score, an 8-under 64 and jumping 54 spots into a T3. O'Meara's round was 10 strokes better than yesterday and was his fifth consecutive score in the 60s. Today's 64 was also his lowest round on the Champions Tour since posting 64 in the final round of the 2009 Boeing Classic.

John Cook (-5) is in contention for his first victory of the 2012 season. He's won eight career titles on the Champions Tour and has at least one victory in five straight years. Thus far in 2012, Cook has two runner-up performances among his seven top-10s. Cook is the only player currently among the top 12 on the Charles Schwab Cup list who does not have a win on the Champions Tour this year.

John Huston and Brad Faxon both eagled the driveable par-4 14th hole. There have now been 20 total eagles made on that hole and 16 different players have made the eagles in tournament history.

• Through 36 holes, Scott Simpson has missed just two fairways and Tom Byrum leads the greens in regulation stat, hitting 31 of 36 ... Willie Wood has 50 total putts for the first two rounds. He's one-putted 20 of 36 holes ... Mark O'Meara and Tom Jenkins both have made 11 birdies ... Jay Don Blake has the fewest bogeys with two.

Andy Bean withdrew before the round due to an illness. Bean carded an 81 in Round 1.

• Bogey-free Rounds:

R1 (2): Jay Don Blake (68), Kirk Triplett (68) R2 (3): Mark O'Meara (64), Tom Jenkins (65), Michael Allen (68)

Round Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative 2011 Cumulative
Friday 36.139 36.152 72.291 -- 73.500
Saturday 35.974 35.846 71.821 72.057 73.219

• Scoring Averages:

• Three of the previous seven Boeing Classics have gone to a playoff to decide the winner.

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