Rd. 2 Notes: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

April 02, 2011
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the near 80. Winds were from the S at 5-10 mph.


Tom Lehman shot a blistering 7-under-par 29 on the back nine on his way to a record 8-under-par 64. His 64 broke the existing course record of 66 set in 2009 by Kyle Ramey, a former Southern Mississippi golfer, during a non-competitive round. It was later matched in the second round at last year's event by David Frost and Gary Hallberg and by Jeff Sluman in the opening-round on Friday. Don Pooley and Chien-soon Lu matched it on Saturday before Lehman shattered it later in the afternoon.

• Lehman's 8-under-par 64 included a 7-under-par 29 on the back nine, matching the low 9-hole score on the Champions Tour in 2011. Nick Price also had a 29 in the opening round of the Toshiba Classic on his way to an 11-under-par 60.

• Lehman's 8-under-par 64 matched his low round on the Champions Tour. He shot a closing-round 8-under-par 64 in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in January.

• Lehman's statistics through two rounds: Fairways Hit -- 22 of 28 (78.6 percent /T13), Greens in Regulation -- 30 of 36 (83.3 percent/T9), Putts Per Round -- 28.0/T7, Driving Distance -- 286.3/T8

• Sluman has been on an incredible roll recently. He has played bogey-free golf over his first two rounds and dating back to his most recent start at the Toshiba Classic, Sluman has made just one bogey in his last 84 holes. That came at No. 14 in the final round at the Toshiba Classic. He also has posted 23 birdies and two eagles in that stretch of holes.

• Sluman also extended his streak of par/better rounds to 23 dating back to last year.

• Playing in the final group on Sunday has been a good place to be on the Champions Tour in 2011. The winner has come out of the final group in the last three events. It would have come from the last group in the other event, but players were grouped in twosomes at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Eventual winner John Cook played in the next-to-last group, but if they had played the usual threesomes, Cook would have been in the final group since he was third after two rounds.

• Lehman and Mark O'Meara posted their 11th consecutive round in the 60s this season on the Champions Tour. The all-time Champions Tour record for consecutive rounds in the 60s is 13 by Hale Irwin in 1999.

• Lehman has led or shared the lead just twice on the Champions Tour going into the final round. He shared the lead with Jay Don Blake at last year's Senior PGA Championship before emerging with a win in a playoff over Fred Couples and David Frost near Denver. He led last year's JELD-WEN Tradition by two strokes before a final-round 73 led to a T4 finish.

• The winner of the tournament will earn 240 points in the year-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Lehman (454), Price (361), Cook (305), Russ Cochran (303) and Sluman (291) are the top five players through four events.

• With near-perfect scoring conditions on Saturday, the field scoring average dropped from Friday's opening-round average of 72.456 to 69.987. There were 37 rounds in the 60s compared to just 12 on Friday and 52 players finished under par, an increase of 15 from Friday.

• Hole No. 18 was the most difficult on Saturday with an average score of 4.218 (+.218), while No. 6 was the easiest at 4.462 (-.538).

• Lehman and Frost lead all players with 14 birdies, while Don Pooley has the fewest putts after two rounds (51/25.5). Sluman leads all players in Greens in Regulation (33 of 36/91.7 percent) and Sluman also leads in Driving Accuracy (25 of 28/89.3 percent).

• Chien-soon Lu made the day's big move, jumping 32 places (T53 to T21) after shooting a 6-under-par 66.

Leonard Thompson withdrew during the second round due to illness.