Round 2 notebook: Mississippi Gulf Resort

May 01, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Overcast skies with highs in the mid-80s. Winds were from the SE at 10-25 mph with several gusts up to 30 mph.


Recap of the Round: David Frost, David Eger and Brad Bryant are all tied for the lead after 36 holes of the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Eger and Bryant carded their second straight scores of 68 while Frost matched the Fallen Oak course record of 6-under 66. Frost's round equalled Gary Hallberg's 66 posted earlier in the day. The original course record was established by Kyle Ramey, a former golfer at Southern Mississippi. Jay Haas also posted 68 today and is two strokes back of the trio.

• Even though the course played harder due to stronger winds today, there were 12 rounds in the 60s compared to only nine sub-70 scores yesterday. David Eger and Brad Bryant are the only two players in the field with both rounds in the 60s. The field average on the par-72 Fallen Oak course today was 73.027 vs 72.390 on Friday. The most difficult hole was the par-4 5th (4.400) and the par-5 6th hole was the easiest for a second straight day (4.480 today vs. 4.403 on Friday). There were two eagles and 42 birdies made at No. 6 today compared with three eagles and 41 birdies yesterday.

• This marks the first time this year that three players have been tied for the lead going into the final round of a Champions Tour event. For David Frost, it's the first time he's been in this position since turning 50 last September. On the PGA TOUR, Frost won seven times in 12 attempts when leading/tied for the lead heading into the final round. He was last in this position on the PGA TOUR at the 1995 MCI Classic at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Tied with three other players after 54 holes at Harbour Town, Frost eventually lost in a playoff to Bob Tway. Brad Bryant has either led or co-led heading into the final round six times but never has won from that position. David Eger's only lead after Saturday play came at the 2005 Boeing Greater Seattle Classic and he went on to win.

• Second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win four of the first seven Champions Tour events this year. The 8-under-par totals posted by Brad Bryant, David Eger and David Frost are the highest to lead after 36 holes on the Champions Tour this year.

• The winner of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic will earn 240 Charles Schwab Cup points. Fred Couples is the current leader in the Schwab Cup race with 1,105 points and Bernhard Langer is second with 818 points. At the end of the season, the player earning the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million payout.

• Here's some fun facts on tomorrow's final grouping:

Stat David Frost Brad Bryant David Eger
Last Win 1999 South African Open. His last PGA TOUR win came at the 1997 MasterCard Colonial (216 PGA TOUR starts/11 Champions Tour starts) 2007 U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits, Wis. (58 Champions Tour starts since last victory) 2005 Boeing Greater Seattle Classic (118 Champions Tour starts since last victory)
Best 2010 Champions Tour Finish T8-ACE Group Classic T7-Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Lonnie Nielsen) T12-Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
Champions Tour Wins 0- Best career effort is a T2 at the SAS Championship near Raleigh in his second start after turning 50 last September. 4-Making his 117th official career start on the Champions Tour this week. 2 wins in 203 career starts on the Champions Tour ... Won his first Champions Tour title in Mexico at the 2003 MasterCard Classic.
PGA TOUR Wins 10 1-1995 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic 0 in 58 starts from 1978-81 ... Won 14 amateur titles including the 1988 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
Did You Know? Frost has had success on the Gulf Coast before, winning 70 miles away on the PGA TOUR in New Orleans at the 1990 USF&G Classic. Bryant never played in the old Magnolia Classic in Hattiesburg while on the PGA TOUR. Has not finished among the top-10 in a Champions Tour event since a T5 at last year's Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on September 6.

• Through 36 holes, Brad Bryant has made the most birdies (12), but David Frost has the fewest bogeys (2)...David Eger has not made a bogey in his last 29 holes at Fallen Oak, playing that stretch in 9-under.

Gary Hallberg made the biggest move of the day. After carding a 2-over 74 yesterday, Hallberg's 6-under 66 tied the Fallen Oak course record and jumped him up 43 places into a T9. It was Hallberg's best round on the Champions Tour since his 66 in Round 2 of last year's Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

• With a threat of inclement weather, the final round will use a two-tee start beginning at 7:30 a.m. Leaders will go off at 9:30 a.m. and the round is expected to finish at approximately 2:30 p.m. .

Mike McCullough withdrew before the start of the final round (hand injury) and Allen Doyle withdrew after eight holes (sore back) today.