Round 2 notes: Lehman, Haas have big days

November 02, 2012
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR staff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jay Haas tied a tour record with his Friday 60 that puts him five clear of Tom Lehman at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Here are some notes from the second round:

Here's a chart of where the three players in contention for the 2012 Charles Schwab Cup stand after the first 36 holes. On Sunday, the player with the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million payout.

Schwab Cup projections
Player Ranking/Points Score/Position Projected finish/total
Bernhard Langer 1st/2,413 points 134/-6/T5 2nd/2,654
Tom Lehman 2nd/2,202 points 131/-9/2 1st/2,710
Roger Chapman 3rd/1,756 points 139/-1/T21 4th/1,824

If the Charles Schwab Cup Championship ended today, here's the projected final 2012 money totals:

Projected money
Player Current money total/rank Projected rank/money
Bernhard Langer $2,023,296/1st 1st/$2,143,963
Tom Lehman $1,616,488/2nd 2nd/$1,796,575
Michael Allen $1,542,575/3rd 3rd/1,693,488

Jay Haas became the eighth player in Champions Tour history to post a 60 when he shot a 10-under 60, to open a five-stroke advantage after 36 holes. The previous low in this event was a 10-under 61 by Michael Allen in 2011 at TPC Harding Park. Haas' 62 was two better than his previous low on the Champions Tour in the opening round of the 2009 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. His low round on the PGA TOUR came in the second round of the 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic when he shot an 11-under 61 at PGA West.

Stats of the leaders
Player Fairways Hit Greens/Regulation Putts/Round Driving Distance
Jay Haas (-14) 15/26-57.7% (T21) 32/36-88.9% (1) 27.5 (T4) 291.8 (11)
Tom Lehman (-9) 17/26-65.4% (T12) 28/36-77.8% (T5) 29.0 (T13) 290.3 (13)

Jay Haas' record-tying 60 allowed him to join the following players who also posted rounds of 60 -- Walter Morgan (11-under/2002 AT&T Canada Senior Open), Tom Purtzer (11-under/2004 Toshiba Classic), Nick Price (11-under/2011 Toshiba Classic), Isao Aoki (10-under/1997 Emerald Coast Classic), Bruce Fleisher (10-under/2002 RJR Championship), Jim Thorpe (10-under/2003 Long Island Classic), Craig Stadler (10-under/2005 Blue Angels Classic). Five of the eight have been in the second round.

Jay Haas' 7-under 28 on the back nine set a new Charles Schwab Cup Championship record for the lowest 9-hole score. The previous record was a 7-under 29 by Isao Aoki in 1992. Haas also matched the low 9-hole score on the Champions Tour in 2012 by Peter Senior (7 under at Senior PGA Championship/back nine) and Tom Kite (7 under at U.S. Senior Open/front nine).

Jay Haas' 36-hole total of 14-under 126 equals the lowest score relative to par at this event. Jim Thorpe (2003) and John Cook (2009) posted scores of 14-under 130 at the Sonoma Golf Club.

• Haas' 36-hole total of 126 matches the second lowest numerical total for the first 36 holes (Jim Colbert/1994 GTE West Classic & Hale Irwin/1997 Vantage Championship) in Champions Tour history. Earlier this year, Kenny Perry also had a 126 (18-under) which set the all-time record in relation to par. Bruce Fleisher holds the record of 124 (16-under) at the 2002 RJR Championship.

Jay Haas' five-stroke advantage is the largest 36-hole lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The previous best was three strokes by four others, the most recent being John Cook in 2009.

Tom Lehman's 7-under 63 was his career best on the Champions Tour. His previous best was a 64 on three occasions with the most record coming at the 2012 ACE Group Classic (1st rd.).

• On the 2012 Champions Tour, just one of five 36-hole leaders/co-leaders has gone on to win a 72-hole event this year -- Roger Chapman at the Senior PGA Championship where he was tied with John Cook.

• Here's how the seven players in the field with ties to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area stand after Round 2:

Tom Lehman (Scottsdale) -- 131 (2) Mark Calcavecchia (3-time Waste Management Phoenix Open winner) -- 134 (T5) Kirk Triplett (Scottsdale) -- 135 (T8) Michael Allen (Scottsdale) -- 135 (T8) Kenny Perry -- (2009 FBR Open winner) -- 137 (T16) Joe Daley -- (Scottsdale) -- 141 (T24) Dan Forsman (Arizona State) -- 145 (T29)

Jay Don Blake, the first-round leader and defending champion, shot a 1-over 71 and dropped down to T8 after 36 holes.

• With perfect scoring conditions prevalent on Friday at the par-70 Club at Desert Mountain, the field averaged 67.833 (-2.167), more than a stroke (1.3 strokes) lower than the opening round average of 69.133 (-0.867). Surprisingly, there were no eagles on Friday.

• Of the 30 players in the field, 24 made birdies at Hole No. 18 and the scoring average was 4.200.