April 27 2013
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The team of Jay Don Blake and Roger Chapman only birdied one of the four par 5s on Saturday at The Club at Savannah Harbor, which is usually a roadblock to going low a better-ball format.
But they cleaned up well everywhere else with 10 birdies on the other 14 holes, including a six-birdie streak on their second nine, shooting 61 to get to 17 under and the lead at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf.
"We were thinking par 5s, that's where you want to make some advantage, but we didn't do that," Blake said. "But you never know, we made (three) birdies on the par 3s, we'd hit it close from 225 yards to make birdie."
"You never know" is probably a safe label for Sunday, with five teams one shot behind the leaders. Among those are first-round leaders Jeff Sluman and Brad Faxon, who followed their opening 62 with a 66 that included a bogey on the 17th. Andy North and Tom Watson, winners in 2008, are also in the chasing group after a Saturday 64 that included two bogeys.
"There were enough birdies out there to satisfy us," Watson said. "It's going to be a shootout on Sunday, for sure. You've got to shoot 10 under or better to win."
Four groups are two back of the lead including the champions of the last two years, Michael Allen/David Frost and David Eger/Mark McNulty.
In the 36-hole Raphael Division, Ian Baker-Finch and Bart Bryant won on the third playoff hole over Keith Fergus and Blaine McCallister.