Notebook: Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, Friday

June 28, 2013

By Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Tee times were pushed back until 8:50 a.m. and a two-tee start was again utilized. Lift, clean and place rules were again in effect. A mix of sun and clouds with occasional light showers late in the morning. A thunderstorm moved into the area and dumped one-half inch of rain on the course in a 15-minute period. Play was suspended for the day at 1:49 p.m. as the golf course was deemed unplayable. A total of 66 players were still left on the course at the time of the suspension. Temperatures were in the upper 70s with light winds from the SE at 5-10 mph.

Partial Round 2 Leaderboard: 1 Fred Couples -11 (thru 11 holes); 2 John Huston -9 (thru 15 holes); T3 Jeff Hart 68-65—133 (-7), Duffy Waldorf -7 (thru 14 holes)

Fred Couples made seven birdies through 11 holes to forge a two-stroke lead over John Huston, the first-round leader, before an early afternoon deluge stopped play for the day. Couples shot 5-under 30 on his first nine holes and was coming off back-to-back birdies at Nos. 1-2 when the horns sounded. Huston’s day stopped just after he holed a sand wedge shot from 100 yards out of the right rough for an eagle 2 at the par-4 15th hole.

Leader Notes

Fred Couples, -11 thru 29 holes

-- Making his seventh start on the Champions Tour this year and has only finished outside of the top-four in five of those appearances (T12-Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic).

-- Finished second at the Toshiba Classic in mid-March and has also been second in his last two appearances – Regions Tradition, Encompass Championship.

-- Has also made three appearances on the PGA TOUR this year – T46/Northern Trust Open, T13/Masters, T50/the Memorial Tournament.

Fred Couples previous second-round leads/co-leads in majors on the Champions Tour:

Year Tournament Lead Finish
2010 Senior PGA Championship 1 stroke over Kite P2
2011 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS 1 stroke over Senior P1
2012 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS 1 stroke over Daley T4

Fred Couples’ career record in the senior majors:

Year Event Score Finish
2010 Senior PGA Championship 69-68-75-69—281 Lost playoff to Lehman
2010 U.S. Senior Open 70-70-65-70—275 Second, three shots back
2010 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS WD  
2011 Regions Tradition 72-75-77-77—301 T63
2011 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS 68-66-68-71—273 Won playoff over Cook
2012 Senior PGA Championship 76-67-70-66—279 T12
2012 Regions Tradition 73-72-68-65—278 Fourth
2012 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS 66-63-70-71—270 T4
2012 U.S. Senior Open 72-68-65-73—278 T12
2012 Senior British Open 72-68-64-67—271 Won by two shots
2013 Regions Tradition 66-71-68-68—273 Second, one shot back


Miscellaneous Notes

36-hole leaders at the previous senior majors this year and where they finished:

Event Player Score Lead Finish
Senior PGA Championship Russ Cochran, Kenny Perry -7 Tied T6
Regions Tradition Duffy Waldorf -9 1 shot T5

-- Second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to claim 12 of the previous 30 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championships, but it’s happened just twice in the last 14 years – Loren Roberts (2007), Fred Couples (2011). The farthest position anyone has ever come back from to win this championship after 36 holes was Bobby Wadkins (T30) in 2006. 1992 champion Dave Stockton trailed by six strokes halfway through the championship at TPC Michigan, the biggest deficit after two rounds by an eventual winner.

-- Roger Chapman is the last 36-hole leader to go on and win in a major on the Champions Tour. Chapman was tied with John Cook at the halfway mark of the 2012 Senior PGA Championship at The Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

-- Jeff Hart’s 7-under 65 today was his career-low round on the Champions Tour. Hart’s previous-best score was 66 at last year’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

-- The second round of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Round 3 will start at 11:00 a.m. with players going off both the first and 10th tees.