Boeing Classic: Second-round notebook

August 23, 2008
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- For the 23rd consecutive Champions Tour event dating back to the final event of the 2007, there will be no co-leaders heading into the final round. Following his 6-under-par 66 on Saturday, Scott Simpson opened up a two-stroke margin over David Edwards with one round remaining in the Boeing Classic.


• This marks the first time in 80 career starts on the Champions Tour that Scott Simpson has held a lead going into the final round of an event. So far in 2008, 10 of 21 second/third-round leaders have gone on to win a Champions Tour event.

Scott Simpson has played near-perfect golf through two rounds. He has yet to make a bogey and going back to last week's JELD-WEN Tradition, he has made just two bogeys in his last 104 holes.

• Two years ago at this event, Simpson trailed 36-hole leader Don Pooley by one stroke after 36 holes before closing with a 3-under-par 69 which led to a tie for second behind Tom Kite.

Keith Fergus continued his good fortune at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. In the 11th start in this tournament, Fergus has now posted 11 straight sub-par rounds after shooting a 2-under-par 70 on Saturday.

• Following a 5-under-par 67, 2006 champion Tom Kite finds himself back in the hunt, just three strokes behind Scott Simpson. His 2006 victory here was the last of nine wins by Kite on the Champions Tour. This is his 57th start since that win in a playoff with Keith Fergus.

Bruce Fleisher, currently in fifth place, is seeking his first top-10 finish in a Champions Tour event since he tied for sixth in April of 2006 at the FedEx Kinko's Classic in Austin.

Don Pooley has hit 27 of 28 fairways through two rounds to lead all players in that category, while Walter Hall's 50 putts are the fewest in that category. David Edwards, Mike Reid and D.A. Weibring have each hit 30 of 36 greens in regulation.

• One day after 24 players finished with rounds under par, 41 players accomplished the feat on Saturday and the scoring average dropped from 72.974 to 72.318. There were 21 rounds in the 60s compared to just 11 on Friday.

Phil Blackmar made the day's biggest move, jumping from a tie for 48th on Friday to a tie for 13th after the conclusion of Saturday's round. Blackmar shot a 6-under-par 66 on Saturday, shaving eight strokes off his effort on Friday.