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April 22 2012

12:44 PM

Sunday shootout in Savannah

Skies are dark and ominous Sunday morning at Savannah Harbor Golf Resort, but play is under way. If the weather holds, quite a shootout appears in store for the final round of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf.

The teams of Brad Bryant/Tom Purtzer and Michael Allen/David Frost lead at 19 under in the two-man better-ball format, but 10 teams are within two shots of them. And among those 10 are all sorts of partnerships.

There’s Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman, the last two Charles Schwab Cup winners. The old Ohio State teammates John Cook and Joey Sindelar. Kentucky natives Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran. Fred Couples and Jay Haas are in the mix, captain and assistant of the last two U.S. Presidents Cup teams.

A few new teams are in contention – Jeff Sluman/Brad Faxon, longtime friends now together with Faxon now of age for the Champions Tour, and Andy North/Bobby Clampett, a union created with North’s longtime partner (Tom Watson) out with an injury. Clampett provided yesterday’s shot of the day, a holed 4-hybrid from 191 yards on the par-4 18th hole.

The old guard of the Tour is also in contention, Gil Morgan and Tom Kite. The 60-somethings put themselves in contention after Saturday’s round of the day, an 11-under 61.

Can any of those chasers win? Absolutely. Keep this fact in mind – no second-round leaders have gone on to win here since North and Watson in 2008.

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