Round 2 notes: Walmart First Tee Open

September 05, 2009
Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR Staff

Loren Roberts goes for career victory No. 12 tomorrow and if successful, he would tie Bernhard Langer for the most wins on the Champions Tour this year with four. Roberts, a winner last week at the Boeing Classic, is attempting to win consecutive events for the first time since 2006 when he started the year with three straight titles. He went on to win four times that season. This is the 11th time Roberts has held or shared the lead heading into Sunday. In the previous 10 occasions, Roberts has gone on to win six times including last week near Seattle.

• Surprisingly, Roberts, a native of San Luis Obispo, has never won a TOUR event in California. He did win the Callaway Invitational twice at Pebble Beach (1991, 1997).

Player Loren Roberts Mark O'Meara
Last Time In Final Group (stroke-play event) 2009 Boeing Classic (1) 2009 Cap Cana Championship (T2)
2009 Top-10s 10 in 16 events 8 in 14 events
Champions Tour Wins 11, 3 in 2009 0, 8 second-place finishes including four in 2009
Residence Germantown, TN Houston, TX
Did You Know? Roberts has a streak of four straight top-5 finshes and a win tomorrow would be his fourth in 2009 (a first since 2006) and would tie him with Bernhard Langer for most victories this year. It would be his third title in his last five starts. O'Meara is a five-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. On the PGA TOUR, O'Meara finished second six times before winning the first of his 16 titles at the 1984 Greater Milwaukee Open.

• The Last Group On Sunday...

• Roberts is now in prime position to take the lead in the 2009 Charles Schwab Cup race. He currently trails Fred Funk by 86 points but the winner of tomorrow's event will receive 315 Charles Schwab points. Funk is currently T13 through two rounds of the Walmart First Tee Open At Pebble Beach. Roberts has made quite a run up the Charles Schwab Cup standings in the last six weeks. Entering the Senior British Open, Roberts was in fourth place, 800 points behind Bernhard Langer. At the end of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, CA on November 1, the player with the most Charles Schwab Cup points will receive a $1 million payout.

• Roberts' 6-under 66 today was the low score at Pebble Beach and his 36-hole score of 12-under 132 is a tournament record for two rounds. The previous best-36 hole score was 10-under 134 by Tom Kite in 2006. His 66 today at Pebble Beach was his fifth consecutive round in the 60s on the Champions Tour and he has now been par/better in 10 of his 11 rounds played at this event.

Tom Lehman's 7-under 65 was the best score at Del Monte today and was his career-best round on the Champions Tour. Lehman's round moved him up 22 spots into third place after 36 holes. Both Tom Jenkinsand Ben Crenshaw made the biggest moves of the day and both players were at Del Monte today. After shooting 72 yesterday at Pebble, Jenkins shot 66 at Del Monte and moved up 30 spots into a T5. Crenshaw's 67 at Del Monte came after a 78 at Pebble Beach and also vaulted him up 30 spots into a T45.

• 73-year-old Gary Player bettered his age for the sixth time this year when he carded an even-par 72 at Del Monte today. It also marked the 28th time in his Champions Tour career that he's shot his age or better.

• Thus far on the 2009 Champions Tour, Saturday leaders/co-leaders have won just six of the 18 official events played. Last week at the Boeing Classic, Loren Roberts was tied for the 36-hole lead with Mark McNulty and went on to edge Mark O'Meara by a stroke. In the history of the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win the event four times in five years.

• In the pro-junior competition, the team of Loren Roberts and Clifton Jordan of the First Tee of Memphis are the leaders at 14-under 130. Four teams are T2 at 12-under 132.

Pebble Beach Del Monte
Round 1 73.205/4 71.000/14
Round 2 73.000/6 70.667/12

• Here's a look at the scoring averages at the two courses through two rounds this year, along with the number of rounds in the 60s for each round at each course:

• Even though the par-4 10th hole (4.397) at Pebble Beach has played as the most difficult for the field through 36 holes only three birdies have been made at the par-4 8th hole at Pebble and all three came in Round 1 (Joey Sindelar, Bobby Wadkins, Joe Ozaki).

• This and That: Hale Irwin has hit 26 of 28 fairways through two rounds (92.86%)...Mark McNulty has hit 29 of 36 greens in regulation (80.56%)...Fulton Allem has averaged 24.5 putts for the first 36 holes and Mark O'Meara and Lanny Wadkins have averaged 25.0...Sandy Lyle's 331-yard drive at the par-4 10th hole at Pebble Beach today is the longest measured drive thus far...Loren Roberts has made the most birdies (14) and Allen Doyle has just one bogey over 36 holes.