Notebook: Round 2, Montreal Championship

September 07, 2013

By Champions Tour staff

-- Bernhard Langer posted an impressive bogey-free 5-under-67 in windy conditions on Saturday and holds a three-stroke advantage after 36 holes at the Montreal Championship. He’ll be chased by five players, who sit at 3-under-par, including Charles Schwab Cup and current money leader Kenny Perry. Langer will be seeking his 19th career victory and third in 2013.

-- Langer has won 11 of the 15 events he has led or shared the lead on the Champions Tour. However, this year he is 0-2. He was T1 after 36 holes at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic but finished second To Michael Allen, while he led the Senior British Open after 54 holes only to lose in a playoff to Mark Wiebe.

-- Langer has birdied seven of the eight par-5 holes on this course.

-- This marks the fourth straight year the Montreal Championship has had a player in sole possession of the lead after two rounds.

-- Second-round leaders have not enjoyed success in this event. In the three-year history of the Montreal Championship, none of the second-round leaders have won the tournament. In 2010, John Cook led by one stroke over Russ Cochran, but Larry Mize closed with a 64 to come from three strokes back for the win. A year later, Chien Soon Lu was one ahead of Cook after 36 holes but Cook fired a final-round 66 to defeat Lu by three strokes. A year ago, Mark Calcavecchia began the day one back of Bob Tway, but his final-round 64 earned him a four-stroke victory over Brad Bryant.

-- The last four Champions Tour events have been won by the 36-hole leader and nine of the previous 19 events have been won by the 36 or 54-hole leaders.

-- One of the players within three strokes of Langer is Anders Forsbrand, a long-time member of the European Tour. The native of Sweden is currently T3. He was a six-time winner in Europe and the last of his six wins came at the 1995 Mercedes German Masters where the runner-up was Langer.

-- Should he finish in the top 10 this week, Anders Forsbrand could earn a spot in the upcoming Pacific Links Championship in Hawaii. He is currently an alternate for the field.

-- The winner will receive 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Kenny Perry (2,619) maintains a comfortable 789 point lead over Bernhard Langer (1,830) in the race. David Frost is third with 1,657 points.

-- With a little less wind on Saturday, the scoring average dropped from 74.675 to 72.600. A total of 29 players finished with rounds below par compared to just seven on Friday.

-- Jay Don Blake ran his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 248 on Friday. That is the second-longest streak on Tour this year. The longest was 275 by Esteban Toledo.

-- In addition to Bernhard Langer, Chien Soon Lu and Brad Faxon played their rounds without a bogey. Lu finished second here in 2011 to John Cook.

-- Rocco Mediate rebounded from a 3-over-par 75 in the first round with a 4-under-par 68 on Saturday. It helped him jump from T40 to T10.

-- Ken Green followed his 1-over-par 73 with an even-par 72 and is currently T25.

-- Hole No. 7 remained the most difficult through two rounds with an average score of 4.381. There were just five birdies in Saturday’s second round after the hole failed to yield one on Friday.

-- The forecast for Sunday’s final round is for mostly cloudy weather early before becoming partly sunny in the afternoon. The highs are expected to be in the low 60s with winds from the NNW at 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph diminishing slightly in the afternoon.