Chevron World Challenge: Round 2 notebook

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December 04, 2009
Doug Milne, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the lower 80s. Winds light and variable.

• Two-time 2009 PGA TOUR winner Y.E. Yang made an eagle-3 at the par-5 second hole in Round 2 en route to a 7-under 65, good for a two-stroke lead at 9 under over Kenny Perry and Padraig Harrington.

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• Playing with flu-like symptoms he developed on Monday of this week, Yang carded the only bogey-free round of the day.

• Statistically, Yang improved in Round 2. He his 11 of 13 fairways in regulation, 15 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 26 putts, five less than in Round 1.

• In 2009, Yang missed just four cuts in 23 starts. In addition to his two wins, he posted an additional two top-10s, a T8 at the RBC Canadian Open and a fifth place finish to Tiger Woods a week later at the Buick Open.

• The second round leader/co-leader at the Chevron World Challenge has gone on to win four times since the event's 1999 inception. Three of the four belonged to Woods. Tom Lehman achieved the feat in the inaugural event in 1999.

• Perry, who will celebrate his 50th birthday next August, fired a bogey-free 7-under 65 in Round 2 to trail Yang by two strokes.

• Perry, competing in his fifth Chevron World Challenge, has never finished better than fifth at Sherwood Country Club (2005).

• In addition to new equipment in his bag, Perry this week brought out some new equipment for his eyes. Credited for a much more "well-rounded" vision, Perry is wearing Transitions glasses. He went on record on TV giving credit to the new specs for his bogey-free 65.

• Perry, just one of three players to have amassed at least five PGA TOUR wins since 2008, enjoyed another tremendous year in 2009. In 24 starts in 2009, he claimed eight top-10 finishes, highlighted by a sudden death win over Charley Hoffman at the FBR Open. In June, he added a second win at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

• Perry competed in all four PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup events, culminating with a T4 at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. He was also a member of the victorious American team in October's Presidents Cup.

• Harrington improved on his opening-round 69 with a 4-under 68 in round two to trail Yang by two strokes with Ian Poulter.

• Harrington, who is competing in his eighth Chevron World Challenge this week, won the event in 2002. With an additional three top-5s and two top-10s that followed the win at Sherwood, Harrington is in fine position to post another equally strong finish in 2009.

• Harrington is the only former Chevron World Challenge winner in this year's field.

• England's Poulter fired a 3-under 69 in Round 2 to head into the weekend just two strokes off Yang's 9-under lead.

• On the PGA TOUR in 2009, Poulter made 13 of 17 cuts, five of which were top-10 finishes. The highlight of his year on TOUR was a runner-up finish to Henrik Stenson at THE PLAYERS Championship in May.

• Poulter split his time between the PGA TOUR and European Tour in 2009, making 10 of 11 cuts overseas. Of those 10 made cuts, he managed to parlay three into top-10 finishes.

Player Round 1 Round 2 36-hole score Position
Lucas Glover 74 67 5 under T9
Martin Kaymer 73 72 1 over T15
Graeme McDowell 71 69 4 under 8
Sean O'Hair 71 67 6 under T5
Ian Poulter 68 69 7 under T2
Y.E. Yang 70 65 9 under 1

• A total of six players are competing in their first Chevron World Golf Challenge. Here's a look at how they've fared through 36 holes:

Graeme McDowell, who replaced Woods at the last minute, fired a second-round, 3-under 69 and sits at eighth. McDowell is currently ranked 55th in the World Golf Rankings. With a strong finish this week, he could move into the top-50 in the rankings and earn a spot into the 2010 Masters. This is the first year the Chevron World Challenge has awarded World Golf Rankings points.

• The toughest hole in Round 2 was the 455-yard, par-4 14th hole, with a stroke average of 4.333. From the field of 18, the 14th hole surrendered just one birdie all day, but claimed seven bogeys or worse.

• Sherwood Country Club's easiest hole in Round 2 was once again the 517-yard, par-5 11th. The stroke average there was also 4.333.

• From the field of 18 players, 13 posted sub-par scores in Round 2.

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