Round 2 Notebook: Children's Miracle Network Classic

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November 12, 2010
Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Partly cloudy and breezy with temperatures reaching 79 degrees. Winds from the NE at 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

Roland Thatcher shot a 9-under 63 on Friday to move to 16-under for the tournament. Thatcher holds a four-stroke lead over University of Florida alum Brian Gay and first-round leader Chris Stroud.

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• The 36-hole cut came at 3-under 141 with 74 players advancing to the weekend.

• Four of the last five Children's Miracle Network Classic champions have trailed the leader(s) by seven strokes after 36 holes (Lucas Glover, 2005; Joe Durant, 2006; Davis Love, 2008; and Stephen Ames, 2009).

• On Thursday, first-round play was delayed one hour due to heavy fog. Play was suspended for the day at 5:45 p.m. due to darkness with 14 players still on the courses. The 14 players resumed play on Friday morning at 6:45 a.m. and the round was completed at 7:35 a.m.

• This is Thatcher's first second-round lead on the PGA TOUR. His only other leads on TOUR came at the 2004 Reno-Tahoe Open when he led after the first-round and the third-round, but finished T5.

• Thatcher's 63 today was his second-best round on TOUR in 109 starts. He shot a 61 in the third-round at the 2008 Mayakoba Golf Classic.

• The last time a player shot a better round than Thatcher's 63 on the Magnolia Course was when Frank Lickliter II shot a 62 in 2006 (T2).

• Thatcher is No. 179 on the money list and in need of a solo second-place finish to get inside the top-125. If Thatcher finished tied for second he would likely come up around $40,000 short of the top-125.

• Thatcher has 61 career missed cuts on TOUR and 45 made cuts.

• Thatcher's 128 total after 36 holes is six shots better than his previous best 36 hole score. He recorded a 134 six other times in his career.

• Thatcher tied the tournament record for largest 36-hole lead (four strokes). Tim Simpson had a four-shot lead in 1990 when he won and Justin Rose had a four-shot lead in 2006, but finished fourth.

Rickie Fowler birdied the 17th hole on the Magnolia Course to tie Troy Merritt and Aaron Baddeley at 17-under in the Kodak Challenge. All three players made the cut and will each have two more shots at the 17th hole.

• There have been four other players on TOUR this season with at least a four-stroke lead after 36 holes, two of the players went on to victory (Louis Oosthuizen-British Open and Jason Bohn-Zurich Classic of New Orleans).

Tim Petrovic recorded a hole-in-one with a 4-iron from 205 yards on the 12th hole on the Palm Course.

• Coming into the week Michael Allen was No. 124 on the money list and Woody Austin was No. 123, both players missed the cut.

No. on Money List Player Second-Round Position at Disney
125 Troy Matteson (Exempt for 2011) T37
126 Briny Baird T15
127 Aron Price T47
128 Bob Estes MC
129 Michael Connell T37
130 Henrik Stenson (Exempt for 2011) DNP

• The Children's Miracle Network Classic is the last chance for players to move into the top 125 on the money list and earn full exempt status on the TOUR in 2010. Below are player's ranked No. 125-130 before the Disney event:

• The second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 17 of 44 times on TOUR this season.

• Charles Howell III is the only player to go bogey-free through the first two rounds at Disney. Howell has played 13 bogey-free rounds this season, which is best on TOUR. Howell is the last player to go bogey-free in a 72-hole event and not win (2010 Greenbrier).

• There were 16 bogey-free rounds in the second-round.

Chris Stroud's streak of six straight rounds in the 60s ended today when he shot a 70.

• Twenty-one of the last 28 Children's Miracle Network Classics have been decided by a single stroke or in a sudden-death playoff.

Vijay Singh (69-71) increased his tournament-best streak to 32 straight rounds under par at the Children's Miracle Network Classic. Singh, who won here in 2003, has never shot a score higher than 71 in eight previous Classic appearances. Singh has four top-5s, five top-10s and seven top-20s in eight previous starts at Disney.

• GOLF CHANNEL's Big Break Disney winner Mike Perez (MC), PGA TOUR player Pat Perez's (T27) brother, received a sponsor exemption into the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic. Mike Perez is the second consecutive brother of a PGA TOUR player to qualify for a TOUR event through Big Break. Last year, Haymes Snedeker, Brandt's brother, played in the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

• The field averaged 69.938 on the par-72 Palm Course through the first two rounds and 71.281 on the par-72 Magnolia Course. The hardest hole on both courses through two rounds is the par-4 5th hole on the Magnolia (4.469).

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