Notebook, Round 2: Dick's Sporting Goods OpenJune 26, 2010
Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR staff
Weather: Partly cloudy with highs in the upper-70s and winds from the WSW at 5-15 mph. Light showers off and on during the afternoon.
• Dan Forsman carded a second consecutive 66 today and has a one-stroke lead through two rounds of the 2010 Dick's Sporting Goods Open. This marks the first time this year that Forsman has led a tournament after play on Saturday and just the second time since he's been a member of the Champions Tour that he's been a Saturday leader. Last year at the Administaff Small Business Classic, Forsman held a one-stroke lead after 36 holes but finished T4. He will play in the final grouping for the third time this year (ACE Group Classic, Regions Charity Classic).
Player Dan Forsman Brad Bryant Russ Cochran Last Win 2010 Regions Charity Classic 2007 U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits, Wisc. (62 Champions Tour starts since last victory) 1991 Centel Western Open on the PGA TOUR (seeking first victory in 395 combined TOUR events (PGA, Nationwide, Champions) Best 2010 Finish (stroke play event) 1st at 2010 Regions Charity Classic T9--Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic 3rd--Cap Cana Championship Last Time In Final Group (stroke-play event) 1st--2010 Regions Charity Classic 2010 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic 2009 Charles Schwab Cup Championship 2010 Top-10s 6 with four coming in his last six starts this season 3 3 including a T5 in his last start at The Principal Charity Classic Champions Tour Wins 2 4 0, best finishes are 2nd at last years Charles Schwab Cup Championship & T2 at last years Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn PGA TOUR Wins 5 1-1995 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic 1-1991 Centel Western Open Did You Know? Forsman is shooting to win multiple titles in a season for the first time in his TOUR career Bryant finished fourth last year at the Dicks Sporting Goods Open Seeking to become the third first-time winner this year (Fred Couples, Mark OMeara)
• Thus far on the 2010 Champions Tour, Saturday leaders/co-leaders have won seven of the 11 official events played, including each of the last two events. Second-round leaders have won two of the previous three Dick's Sporting Goods Opens.
• Tomorrow's winner will earn 255 Charles Schwab Cup points as well as a check for $255,000. Fred Couples leads the 2010 Schwab Cup race with 1,367 points and Tom Lehman is second with 1,095 points. Tournament leader Forsman is currently fifth with 781 points and could jump as high as third with a victory on Sunday. Nick Price is currently in third place in the Schwab Cup standings and should he rally to win on Sunday, he would jump into second place. At the end of the official season, the player with the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million payout.
• Andy Bean and Bruce Vaughan both carded 8-under 64s today, the low rounds of the tournament thus far. For both players, it was their low round of the year. Bean's round vaulted him up 30 spots into a T8 after 36 holes while Vaughan improved 12 strokes from yesterday and jumped 48 spots into a T24, the biggest move by any player in the field.
• Mark Calcavecchia added a 68 to the 67 he shot yesterday and is within three strokes of the lead after 36 holes in his first Champions Tour event. He's bidding to become the 16th player in Champions Tour history, and first since Tom Pernice, Jr. (2009 SAS Championship), to win in his debut on the circuit.
• The field averaged 70.662 today compared to 71.372 in the opening round. Through 36 holes this year, the cumulative stroke average is 71.019 versus a 70.465 average for two rounds last year. Through 36 holes of this year's Dick's Sporting Goods Open, there have been 597 birdies and 14 eagles made. Last year after two rounds, there were 601 birdies and 17 eagles made.
• For the second straight day, just three birdies were made at the par-4 13th but it dropped down to second in degree of difficulty (4.169). The hardest hole through two rounds this year is the par-4 15th (4.208). The easiest hole for the second straight day was the par-5 12th (4.406), yielding six eagles and 89 birdies thru two rounds.
• Wayne Levi, Keith Clearwater and Peter Jacobsen have all hit 22 of 28 fairways through the first two rounds. Mark Wiebe leads in greens in regulation, hitting 32 of 36 greens (88.89%). Jay Haas has averaged 24.5 putts per round. Keith Fergus leads the field in Driving Distance (319.5) for two rounds.
• Sir Bob Charles of New Zealand was among a host of sports stars, including six former Wimbledon champions, who were in the royal box on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Saturday. Charles won the British Open Championship at Royal Lytham in 1963.