Round 2 notebook: Allianz Championship

February 09, 2013

By Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Rocco Mediate set a new 18 and 36-hole tournament record with his effort on Saturday. His 11-under 61 broke Craig Stadler’s 18-hole record (63 in R1 in 2007) and his 36-hole total of 16-under 128 erased the old mark of 13-under 131 set in 2010 by Tommy Armour III and Scott Simpson. 

• The 11-under 61 by Mediate was a career-low round. His previous low was a 62 at the 2001 MasterCard Colonial.  

• Rocco Mediate could become the 16th player to win his Champions Tour debut and the first since Tom Pernice Jr. claimed the 2009 SAS Championship. Among the others who won in their debut -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and the Wadkins brothers. In addition, Bruce Fleisher won the 1999 Royal Caribbean Classic on Key Biscayne.

• Rocco Mediate’s 36-hole total of 128 is the lower than any of the 15 players who won in their initial starts. The current best was 13-under 131 by Mark Wiebe at the 2007 SAS Championship, while Mark McNulty posted a 10-under 132 at the 2004 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

• Rocco Mediate won three of seven events when he led or was tied for the lead entering the final round. He’s won the last three times he’s been in this position, most recently at the 2010 Open.

• Bobby Wadkins made the second hole-in-one of his Champions Tour career when he aced No. 8 with a 6-iron from 164 yards. It was his 12th in competition and first since making an ace at the 2006 Greater Kansas City Golf Classic.  It was the fourth in this event and third on No. 8. Prior to Wadkins’ ace today, Olin Browne made the last on No. 8 in the first round in 2011.

• Bernhard Langer’s 5-under 67 today extended his streak of par or better rounds at the Old Course at Broken Sound to 12 straight. The 2010 champion, he’ll begin the final round five strokes back.

• Bernhard Langer’s tournament record of 22 birdies could be in danger of falling. Rocco Mediate is currently six birdies shy of that total heading into the final round.

• In the brief history of the Allianz Championship, the player(s) who has led or been tied for the lead after 36 holes has only won the tournament twice -- Mark James at the inaugural event in 2007 and Corey Pavin in 2012. In 2007, James was in second place after the first round and T2-round lead with Jay Haas and Craig Stadler. In 2008, Scott Hoch, the eventual champion, was T3 after the first round and second after the second round, one stroke back of Jerry Pate. In 2009, Mike Goodes was T4 after play Friday and T3 after the second round, one stroke back of Tom Jenkins and Gil Morgan. In 2010, Bernhard Langer was T10 after the opening round, three behind Haas and Jenkins, and was T3 after 36 holes, one behind Tommy Armour III and Tim Simpson. In 2011, Tom Lehman was second and T2 after the first two rounds. A year ago, Pavin and Peter Senior, who eventually met in a playoff, were tied at 10-under 134, one ahead of Mark Calcavecchia and Langer.

• David Frost continued his strong play with a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday which moved him up 22 places into solo fourth place. Frost’s run began in late 2012. He won the AT&T Championship in a playoff and then was T10 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in his next start. A month later, he added a win at the MBC Tour Championship on the European Senior Tour in Mauritius. He kicked off his 2013 Champions Tour campaign with a runner-up finish to John Cook at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.     

• There were 26 rounds in the 60s, one more than were recorded on Friday and 43 scores under par, five fewer than on Friday. Today’s scoring average was 71.309, a slight jump from Friday’s average of 71.173.  

• David Frost extended his streak of holes without a 3-putt to 290 straight dating back to last year’s SAS Championship (No. 16/Rd. 2) … Rocco Mediate, Tom Pernice, Jr., Fred Funk, Bart Bryant, Willie Wood and Olin Browne all had bogey-free rounds … Mediate, Larry Mize and Bernhard Langer all have hit 31 of 36 Greens in Regulation to lead that category … Larry Nelson had 12 one-putts today and has one-putted 20 of 36 holes ... After an opening-round 72, Jay Don Blake bounced back with a 6-under 66 to move up 38 places into T11 … Defending champion Corey Pavin is currently T5, eight strokes behind Mediate … The most difficult hole to birdie was No. 17 as only three players made birdies on the hole -- Rocco Mediate, Hale Irwin and Mark Brooks ... Five players made eagle at No. 18, which played as the easiest hole on Saturday -- Rocco Mediate, Jay Don Blake, Gene Jones, Andrew Magee and Andy Bean.