Round 2 Notebook: Toshiba Classic

March 12, 2011
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the low-60s. Winds were from the SW at 5-15 mph.

Nick Price couldn't sustain his stellar play from Friday's opening round 11-under-par 60, but, at 14-under-par 128, Price holds a two-stroke advantage heading into Sunday's final round. Coming off a record-tying effort in the first round, Price finished at 3-under-par 68 on Saturday and leads Mark Wiebe by two strokes and Joe Ozaki and Mark O'Meara by four. Defending champion Fred Couples is among three players tied for fifth at 9-under-par 133.


Nick Price's 36-hole total of 128 is the best two-round effort in tournament history, breaking the old mark by one stroke. Rodger Davis set the record in 2003 and Jay Haas matched it four years later.

• This will be the first time in his career Joe Ozaki will be in the final pairing in a Champions Tour event, a span of 101 career starts. Price has been in the final group 13 times (two wins) and Wiebe six times (two wins).

Gil Morgan matched his age for the first time in his career when he fired a 7-under-par 64. It was the 64-year-old Morgan's lowest round since he fired a 64 at the 2006 Allianz Championship in Iowa.

• The Toshiba Classic seems to bring the best out in Joe Ozaki. He fired a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday. Three of his five best rounds on the Champions Tour have come at this venue. He had a second-round 64 in 2007 and closed with a final-round 63 in 2009 which matched his Champions Tour career low (2008 Dick's Sporting Goods Open). He also posted a 64 at the 2008 JELD-WEN Tradition. His best finish in this event was a T3 in 2007.

• In the previous 16 Toshiba Classics, the second round leader/co-leaders has won nine times, including last year when Fred Couples claimed the title. Since 2000, that has occurred eight of 11 times.

• The winner of Sunday's crown will receive 255 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Tom Lehman leads the current race with 454 points followed by John Cook (305) and Russ Cochran (303).

Mark Wiebe leads all players with 15 birdies through two rounds, three more than any other player in the field.

Bill Glasson withdrew prior to the start of his round due to food poisoning.

• For the second consecutive day, 53 players finished with rounds under par. The field averaged 69.870 in the second round, a slight drop from Friday's average of 69.975.

• Hole No. 8 was the most difficult on Saturday, playing to an average of 3.425 (+.425). There were just five birdies. No. 18 was the easiest at 4.413 (-.587). There were three eagles and 43 birdies and for two rounds there have been six eagles and 70 birdies.

Bernhard Langer's streak of consecutive rounds par/better ended at 19 when he shot a 2-over-par 73. However, Tom Pernice Jr. and Jeff Sluman extended their streaks in that category to 20 dating to last year.

Robert Thompson could earn a berth in the next full-field event (Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic) should he finish in the top 10. Thompson, who is T8, is not fully exempt this year and a top-10 finish could earn him a spot in the event which begins on April 1 at Fallen Oak in Saucier, Miss.