Round 2 Notebook: Principal Charity Classic

June 02, 2012
Dave Senko, Champions Tour Staff

Weather: Partly sunny and warmer with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds were from the NW at 10-20 mph. Sunday's forecast calls for partly cloudy weather with a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. Highs will be in the low 80s with winds from the S at 5-15 mph.


Jay Haas' bogey-free round of 6-under-par 65 included four birdies and an eagle and he'll head into Sunday's final round with a three-stroke advantage over Larry Mize, who closed his round with a dramatic eagle on the par-4 18th hole (177 yards/5-iron). Haas is bidding to claim a third title at this event. He won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. Tom Lehman is alone in third place four back and Andrew Magee is fourth, five strokes behind. The winner of Sunday's event will receive 263 Charles Schwab Cup points and a check for $262,500.

• Haas has held sole possession of the lead heading into the final round a total of eight times and has won five of those events, including this tournament in 2007. His other wins came at the 2006 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, 2006 Administaff Small Business Classic (rain shortened to 36 holes), 2007 Toshiba Classic and the 2007 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Haas also shared the lead at the 2009 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn with Nick Price before winning by two strokes.

• Haas' three-stroke margin after 36 holes matched his own tournament record in that category which he set in 2007.

• Haas is bidding to become the 16th different Champions Tour player to win a tournament three times or more. The last to accomplish that feat was Jim Thorpe in 2007 when he won a third Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

• Haas' 6-under 65 matched his low round at this tournament. He also had a 65 in 2007 (1st round) and 2008 (3rd round) and he went on to win both years.

• Haas leads all players in putts-per-round with 24.0. Haas has one-putted 24 of 36 holes through his first two rounds.

• On the subject of putting, Haas has now gone 174 holes without a three-putt.

• The final grouping of Haas, Larry Mize and Tom Lehman have some good odds on their side as they begin Sunday's final round since the winner has come from the final grouping in the last 19 consecutive Champions Tour events. The last time it didn't happen was in early July, 2011 when Jeff Sluman rallied to win the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Jeff Sluman was in the third-to-last grouping going into the final round.

• With his 4-under-par 67 on Saturday, Lehman has posted a round in the 60s in all five rounds he has played at this tournament.

Fred Funk moved up 30 spots on Saturday following his 4-under-par 67 and will begin Sunday's final round T5. Another player who made a big move on Saturday was John Cook, who shot a 4-under-par 67 to jump 35 spots on the leaderboard from T44 to T9.

• Sunday's winner will receive 263 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Michael Allen is the current leader with 923 points followed by John Cook (789) and Roger Chapman (756). Allen and Chapman are not competing this week.

Year Second-Round Leader/Margin Winner/Margin
2001 Jim Thorpe/+1 Jim Thorpe/+2
2002 John Bland/+2 Bob Gilder/+1
2003 Don Pooley/+1 Don Pooley/+3
2004 D.A. Weibring/+1 D.A. Weibring/+3
2005 Mike Reid/+2 Tom Jenkins/Playoff
2006 Gil Morgan/+1 Gil Morgan/+1
2007 Jay Haas/+3 Jay Haas/+3
2008 Nick Price/+1 Jay Haas/+1
2009 Nick Price/+1 Mark McNulty/Playoff
2010 Price/Armour III/Tied Nick Price/+4
2011 Mark Brooks/+1 Bob Gilder/+1

Graham Marsh (back) and Tommy Armour III (ribs) both withdrew prior to their round on Saturday, while John Huston (wrist/hand) withdrew after seven holes. Huston also withdrew from next week's Regions Tradition. • How the Second-Round Leaders Have Fared: Here is how the second-round leaders have fared since the start of the event in 2001. Players in bold won the event.

• The field scoring average jumped from 70.494 to 71.885 on Saturday.

• The most difficult hole was No. 6 with an average score of 4.462 (+.462). The easiest remained No. 9 with an average score of 4.603 (-.397).

Hale Irwin, the Champions Tour's leader in career victories with 45, will celebrate his 67th birthday on Sunday.

Kenny Perry leads all players with 12 birdies, one more than Jay Haas and Fred Funk.