Notebook: Shaw Charity Classic, Round 2

August 31, 2013

By Champions Tour staff

-- Rocco Mediate backed his opening-round 8-under-par 63 with a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday and will carry a two-stroke edge over Bobby Clampett when he begins final round play on Sunday at the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club. Once again, Mediate took full advantage of the back nine, matching the 7-under-par 29 he posted in the opening round. Mediate birdied seven of nine holes on the back nine and is -14 through two rounds on the back nine.

-- Mediate’s 36-hole score of 15-under-par 127 is the lowest first 36 holes score on the Champions Tour this year. It was one better than the 128 (16-under) he posted at the Allianz Championship as well as the 128 totals by Bart Bryant (16-under) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and Fred Couples 12-under) at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

-- Mediate is bidding for his second win in 2013. Earlier this year he won the Allianz Championship in Florida in his first start on the Champions Tour. In that event he owned a three-stroke advantage over Tom Pernice, Jr. after 36 holes. Pernice, Jr. will be the third member of the final grouping tomorrow along with Bobby Clampett. This will be just the second time Rocco Mediate will be playing in the final group. He did so at the Allianz Championship earlier this year. Bobby Clampett is playing in the final group for the first time this year, while Tom Pernice, Jr., is in the final group for the fourth time this year, the last being at the 3M Championship, an event he won.

-- So far this year, the leader/co-leader going into the final round has won the event eight of 18 times, including the last three tournaments.

-- Jay Don Blake tied a Champions Tour record when he made three eagles in his round. He becomes the seventh player to accomplish the feat and the first since Tom Kite did so in the second round of the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

-- Bobby Clampett could enjoy his best finish on the Champions Tour after rounds of 64-65. He is currently second, two strokes behind 36-hole leader Rocco Mediate. His best previous finishes were a trio of T4 efforts, the most recent coming last week at the Boeing Classic.

-- Clampett has the most birdies through two rounds – 16.

-- Fred Couples had a 360-yard drive on No. 4 today and it was the longest measured drive on the Champions Tour in 2013. Jim Gallagher, Jr., had the longest previous drive, a 350-yarder at the Boeing Classic in the first round.

-- Mike Goodes matched the course record with an 8-under-par 63 on Saturday and also posted his career-best round on the Champions Tour. The 63 tied the mark set on Friday by Rocco Mediate and it also surpassed his previous low on the Tour. He had a 64 at the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn and at the 2012 Principal Charity Classic. His effort on Saturday helped him jump from T47 to T10.

-- Goodes was not the only player to post a career low in the second round. Steve Lowery’s 64 was one better than his previous low at the 2011 Regions Tradition and the 2011 AT&T Championship.

-- Eagles have been plentiful in the first two rounds at the tournament. There were 16 on Friday and 13 on Saturday.

-- Hole Nos. 1 and 2 ranked as the two most difficult holes. Both par-4s averaged 4.210 (+.210).

-- The easiest hole was again No. 15, a par-5. It yielded seven eagles and 46 birdies and had an average score of 4.296 (-.704). There have been 13 eagles and 93 birdies through two rounds.

-- Overall, the field averaged 69.370, an increase from Friday’s average of 69.074 in the opening round.

-- A total of 55 players finished under par on Friday with 41 rounds in the 60s.

-- Jay Don Blake has a string of 194 consecutive holes without a three-putt.

-- The winner of Sunday’s event will receive 300 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Kenny Perry is the current leader with 2,619 points. Should Rocco Mediate prevail on Sunday, he would make a nice jump in the standings. He is currently 15th with 773 points.