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April 21 2012

7:30 PM

Round 2 recap: Crowded in Savannah

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Tom Purtzer and Brad Bryant have company atop the leaderboard in Savannah.

The second round at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf did nothing to separate the field in the two-man better-ball team game. Instead, it’s even more crowded.

Brad Bryant and Tom Purtzer still lead at Savannah Harbor Golf Resort, but they’re not alone anymore and there’s no two-shot margin to the next teams.

Bryant/Purtzer and David Frost/Michael Allen are both 19 under. Allen, a winner last week at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay, is gunning for a second consecutive win on the Champions Tour.

Behind those two teams are four more at 18 under, one shot back. Gil Morgan and Tom Kite made the biggest move, shooting 11-under 61 to get into the heart of the title chase. Also at 18 under are Andy North/Bobby Clampett, Jay Haas/Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman/Brad Faxon.

Clampett had the day’s top shot, a holed 4-hybrid from 191 yards that dove directly into the par-4 18th hole for an eagle.

Six more teams are two shots off the lead at 17 under, including the team of Bernhard Langer/Tom Lehman, the last two Charles Schwab Cup champions. That makes a dozen teams within two shots.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Purtzer said of Sunday’s finale. “We’re going to have to put the pedal down and go hard.”

That will be the case for everyone in this birdie-filled format.

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