Round 2 Notebook: Boeing Classic

August 27, 2011
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs in the low-80s and winds from the NW at 5-10 mph.

Current Leaderboard: T1 -- Mark Calcavecchia, Kenny Perry, Russ Cochran & Jeff Sluman/137/-7); T5 -- Chien Soon Lu, Bob Gilder & Chip Beck /139/-5); 8 -- Nick Price/136/-8.


• The last time there were four players tied for the lead on the Champions Tour heading into the final round was at the 2008 Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach when Phil Blackmar, John Harris, Loren Roberts and Jeff Sluman shared the lead. Sluman went on to capture the event, the first of his three wins at that tournament. He defended his title in 2009 and also won this year's event.

• In the 2005 Boeing Classic, three players shared the lead after 36 holes -- Morris Hatalsky, David Eger and Craig Stadler. Eger went on to capture the title by three strokes.

• Two Kentucky natives are among the four second-round co-leaders heading into Sunday's final round -- Russ Cochran (Paducah) and Kenny Perry (Franklin). Perry is seeking his first Champions Tour victory.

• In addition to Perry, Mark Calcavecchia is also looking for his first Champions Tour title. He is winless in his previous 30 starts on the Tour but has two runner-up finishes to his credit, including a second-place finish at this year's Senior British Open which was won by Russ Cochran.

• This will be the fourth time this year that Mark Calcavecchia and Russ Cochran have played in the final group on the Champions Tour, while Perry will be in the final group for the first time.

Mark Calcavecchia owns a pair of wins in the Pacific Northwest and both came on the PGA TOUR. He claimed the 1997 Greater Vancouver Open in 1997 in Surrey, BC, at the Northview Golf and CC and eight years later was the winner of the Bell Canadian Open at the Shaughnessy Golf and CC in Vancouver, BC.

Gary Hallberg moved up 50 places on Saturday after shooting a 6-under-par 66, 10 strokes better than his opening-round effort. Hallberg posted the day's low round.

Mark Brooks string of consecutive pars ended at 20 when he made a birdie on the second hole on Saturday. His streak began with a par on his final hole at last week's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship before he ran off 18 straight pars in Friday's opening round.

• In the six-year history of the Boeing Classic, David Eger (2005), Loren Roberts (2009) and Bernhard Langer led or shared the 36-hole lead and eventually won the event. So far in 54-hole events in 2011, only four of 13 previous second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win.

Kenny Perry is the only player in the field to have posted consecutive rounds in the 60s.

Blaine McCallister had the day's best turnaround. After posting a 15-over-par 87 in the opening round, McCallister shaved 16 strokes off his total, shooting a 1-under-par 71. That is the best turnaround in tournament history. The previous best was 11 strokes by Jim Thorpe in 2009 and it was matched by Sandy Lyle a year later.

• Today's second-round scoring average was 72.938 (+.938); a drop from Friday's opening-round average of 73.500 (+1.500) which was the highest for any single round in tournament history.

• Chip Beck continues to play well. After finishing T6 a week ago at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship for his first top-10 in a major championship, Beck is currently T5. So far in 2011, Beck has three top-10 finishes and has earned $404,027, nearly $80,000 more than he earned in all of 2010.

• Chip Beck shares the lead for total eagles in the event with Trevor Dodd. They each have 11.

• Of the current top-5 players on the Charles Schwab Cup list, only Mark Calcavecchia is among the tournament leaders (T1). Nick Price, who ranks sixth overall in the Schwab Cup standings, is currently in 8th place. Co-leaders Russ Cochran and Jeff Sluman are in 7th and 10th place, respectively in the Schwab Cup race. The winner will receiver 300 points on Sunday.

• Seattle's Fred Couples bounced back from a 1-over-par 73 in his opening round to shoot a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday. Couples will begin Sunday's final round T13, five strokes behind.

• The most difficult hole on Saturday was No. 9 with an average score of 3.325, while No. 1 was the easiest at 4.563 (-.438). There were two eagles and 39 birdies.

Kenny Perry is 7-under-par for the event and is 7-under-par on the par-5 holes for the event, including eagles on No. 8 on Friday and No. 18 today.

• Defending champion Bernhard Langer is currently T9 at 3-under-par 141.