Dick's Sporting Goods Open: Second-Round Notebook

July 14, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- This marks just the second time in his Champions Tour career that R.W. Eaks has led a tournament going into the final round. He led Bob Gilder by one stroke after 36 holes at the 2005 SAS Championship before closing with a 77 to finish T10.

Player Score
1. R.W. Eaks 133 -11
2. Bruce Vaughan 134 -10
3. Scott Hoch 135 -9
4. Craig Stadler 136 -8
T5. John Harris 139 -5
T5. Steve Thomas 139 -5
T5. Lonnie Nielsen 139 -5
T5. Andy Bean 139 -5
T5. Gil Morgan 139 -5
T5. Boonchu Ruangkit 139 -5

• Eaks' 10-under-par 62 Saturday was his low round in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event. His previous low was a second-round 63 at the 1998 United Airlines Hawaiian Open on the PGA TOUR.

• Eaks' round included the eighth hole-in-one of the Champions Tour season when he aced No. 7 with a 5-iron from 193 yards. It was the 21st hole-in-one of his career and second on the Champions Tour. The other came at the 2003 Kroger Classic. Eaks also leads all players in Greens in Regulation at 86.1% (31 of 36).

Jim Thorpe ended a string of 26 consecutive pars in the tournament when he made a birdie on No. 9 on Saturday. He finished with a 4-under-par 68 and is bogey free through 36 holes heading into Sunday's final round.

• The winner of the event will earn 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Brad Bryant leads with 2,019 points followed by Jay Haas (1,907) and Loren Roberts (1,408). Second-round leader R.W. Eaks is currently ninth with 726 points and could jump into the top five with a victory.

Bruce Vaughan is bidding to become the first open qualifier to win a tournament since Pete Oakley won the 2004 Senior British Open. A total of 10 players have open qualified and won an event on the Champions Tour.

• Heading into Sunday's final round, three open qualifiers are currently in the top 10. In addition to Bruce Vaughan (second), Steve Thomas and Boonchu Ruangkit are currently tied for fifth. A top-10 finish on Sunday for two of those players will earn them an exemption into next month's 3M Championship in Minnesota.

John Harris made Saturday's biggest move. His 8-under-par 64 shaved 11 strokes off his Friday effort (3-over-par 75) and it moved him from T53 to T5.

• Sunday will mark the third time this year that Scott Hoch will be a member of the final group. He did so at the FedEx Kinko's Classic in May, when he won, as well as at the Regions Charity Classic, where he was fifth. R.W. Eaks played in the final group at the Toshiba Classic in March and finished second behind Jay Haas, while Bruce Vaughan has not played in a final group this year.

• Hoch leads all players with 12 birdies, one more than R.W. Eaks and Bruce Vaughan.

Lon Hinkle has birdied seven of eight par 5s through the first two rounds. He is +1 on the par 3s, +2 on the par 4s and -7 on the par 5s and stands T11 after 36 holes at 4-under-par.