By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In 11 years of Schwab Cup history there has never been a back-to-back champion.
Tom Lehman is halfway home to changing that.
Lehman is second at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at 7 under after a second-round 63, trailing leader Jay Haas by three shots. That’s good enough to surge ahead of Bernhard Langer in the points as they stand now, with Langer tied for fifth at 5 under.
The 63 was also Lehman’s career low on the Champions Tour, a good sign going into the weekend at Desert Mountain’s Cochise Course.
“I was extremely pleased with my play. I really saved some shots coming in,” the 2011 Schwab Cup champion said. “Missed the green on 14 on a tough up-and-down, got it up-and-down from the bunker on 17 for par. Those par putts are what really keep the round, the momentum going.”
For Langer, Friday was a more satisfying day than the previous, where he couldn’t get anything going until late in a round of 69. In Round 2 he had six birdies and just one bogey.
“The greens are a little softer. They were inconsistent yesterday, they fixed that today,” Langer said. “(Thursday), I couldn’t make a putt. Today, I made them.”
Two rounds remain to decide the Schwab Cup, with plenty of volatility left given the two players’ high spots on the leaderboard and double points available.
“I can only play as good as I can play, and hope it’s good enough by Sunday,” Langer said.
Roger Chapman’s longshot bid at the Schwab Cup appears over. He would have to win the tournament and he’s tied for 21st through two rounds, at 1 under.