3M Championship: Second-Round Notebook

August 04, 2007
By Phil Stambaugh PGA TOUR Staff

BLAINE, Minn. -- D.A. Weibring's 13-under-par 131 total through 36 holes equals the 3M Championship tournament record, originally posted by Ed Dougherty at Bunker Hills in 2000. Weibring's two-day total is a best at the TPC Twin Cities.

Player Scores
1. D.A. Weibring 131 -13
2. Jim Thorpe 132 -12
T3. Tom Watson 134 -10
T3. Curtis Strange 134 -10
T3. John Harris 134 -10
T3. Tom Jenkins 134 -10
T7. Bruce Lietzke 135 -9
T7. Craig Stadler 135 -9
T7. John Jacobs 135 -9

Tom Purtzer previously held the low two-day total with 12-under 132 scores in both 2004 and 2005. Weibring's previous best for 36 holes at the TPC Twin Cites was 8-under 136 in 2005.

• D.A. Weibring's two-day score this week also equals his best 36-hole total of his Champions Tour career. At the 2006 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai, Weibring was at 13-under 131 for two rounds but eventually finished tied for third in the event even though he carded a final-round 63.

• D.A. Weibring's 66 Saturday gives him 11 consecutive sub-par scores in as many rounds as he has played on the TPC Twin Cities course.

• D.A. Weibring is shooting for his fourth career victory on the Champions Tour. When leading/co-leading going into the last round, Webring's record as a senior is two for two. At the 2004 Allianz Championship, Weibring led by one stroke and went on to triumph by three shots in Des Moines, Iowa. At the 2005 Bruno's Memorial Classic, Weibring led by one stroke and won by two shots in Birmingham, Ala. His best finish thus far in 2007 is a distant second to Scott Hoch at the FedEx Kinko's Classic in Austin, Texas.

• Sunday's 3M Championship winner will earn 263 Charles Schwab Cup points in addition to a check for $262,500. Jay Haas currently leads the Schwab Cup race by just 40 points over Brad Bryant and Loren Roberts is third, 499 points back. With Bryant not playing in this week's event and Roberts in a tie for 41st, Haas (tied for 10th) has a chance to pad his lead with a top-10 finish tomorrow. At the end of the official season, the player with the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million annuity. Points are earned throughout the year on a per-thousand basis for top-10 finishes only.

Tom Watson's 7-under 65 was the best round of the day on Saturday and equaled his low round of the year (65-Rd. 1, Bank of America Championship) on the Champions Tour. The round moved Watson up 24 spots into a tie for third through 36 holes of the 3M Championship. Watson, last week's winner at the Senior British Open, has a chance to claim titles in consecutive starts on the Champions Tour for just the second time.

• In 2003, Watson won the Senior British Open and followed with a victory at the Jeld-Wen Tradition in Oregon. He also won consecutive events four times on the PGA TOUR, including three straight victories during the 1980 season (MONY Tournament of Champions, Greater New Orleans Open, Byron Nelson Golf Classic).

• In the first 19 Champions Tour events this year, 10 second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win. R.W. Eaks was the last to do so at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in New York in mid-July. Over the last 14 years of the 3M Championship, players leading or co-leading after Saturday's round have won eight times, including six of the last 10 years in Minnesota.

• After yielding a whopping 349 birdies and eight eagles in the opening round, the 3M Championship field made 252 birdies and nine eagles Saturday. With cooler temperatures, light rain and more wind, the TPC Twin Cities course played to a stroke average of 72.065 today. Friday's field scoring average was 69.833, the lowest for any round in event history. A total of 14 players had rounds in the 60s Saturday compared to 41 players with sub-70 rounds Friday.

• There were just 36 rounds below par Saturday compared to 57 professionals who broke par Friday. Through 36 holes, the cumulative scoring average this year is 70.942. Last year after two rounds, the stroke average of the field at the TPC Twin Cities was 71.86.

Curtis Strange, the 36-hole leader at the 3M Championship last year, has made 16 birdies through the first two rounds of the 2007 event, the most of any player in the field. Strange is currently tied for third, three strokes back of D.A. Weibring. Bruce Lietzke, the 2001 3M Championship winner, is the only player in the field with a pair of eagles. He eagled the par-5 18th hole on Friday and the par-5 sixth hole Saturday.

Bruce Vaughan withdrew before the start of his second round with a rib injury. Vaughan carded a 1-under-par 71 on Friday.

• In the Greats of Golf Challenge, a 36-hole better-ball specialty event featuring three three-man teams, two teams are tied after Day 1. Team Ryder Cup (Billy Casper, Gene Littler and Charles Coody) and Team International (Tony Jacklin, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Lee Trevino) both registered scores of 6-under-par 66. Team Army (Arnold Palmer, Miller Barber, Don January) had a 2-under 70 on the first day of action. The Greats of Golf Challenge is an unofficial tournament played within the competition at the 3M Championship.

Bob Gilder and Leonard Thompson have hit 27 of 28 fairways through the first 36 holes. ... Mike Goodes leads the Greens In Regulation stat category, hitting 33 of 36 greens through two rounds. ... Curtis Strange leads the Putting stat category, averaging 1.552 per green...Steve Thomas has averaged 322 yards off the tee through 36 holes...Tom Purtzer has the longest measured drive of the tournament, 355 yards on the 12th hole in Round 2.