Notebook: AT&T Championship, Round 2

October 26, 2013
By Champions Tour staff

Perhaps the most difficult question heading into Sunday’s final round at the AT&T Championship is picking a winner. After 36 holes five players share the lead and nine others are within three shots of the lead. Kenny Perry appeared poised to have a one-stroke lead with one hole to play, but the first-round leader bogeyed No. 18 to fall back into a tie with Mike Goodes, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Anders Forsbrand at 8-under 136. Kirk Triplett and Scott Dunlap trail by one stroke.

• With five players tied for the 36-hole lead, it is the most to share the lead after 36 holes since eight players were tied for the lead at the 2006 Ford SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

• A win by Anders Forsbrand would vault him into the top 30 and a spot in next week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The $285,000 first prize would increase his season earnings to $556,249 which would move him inside the top 30.

• Anders Forsbrand is not the only player who could benefit with a win. Colin Montgomerie will have to have some things go his way, but he could earn a spot in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He currently has $209,578 and is 67th on the money list. A win would increase his earnings for 2013 to $494,578. John Riegger (currently T15) is 30th with $469,457. Rod Spittle, who is currently 32nd on the money list with $452,131, is T12 after two rounds. Stay tuned.

• With one round remaining and trailing by just one stroke, rookie Scott Dunlap (T6) could become the 13th open qualifier to win a Champions Tour event and the first since Willie Wood at last year’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Dunlap could also be the 17th player in history to win his Champions Tour debut and first since Rocco Mediate at this year’s Allianz Championship.

• A total of 44 players posted rounds under par, nine more than on Friday and the scoring average fell from 72.231 to 71.420.

• As players battle for the final spots in next week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship, here is where the players currently Nos. 25-35 on the money list stand after the second round:

Position Name 2013 Earnings/Pos. After Rd. 2
25th Mark Calcavecchia $611,831/T49
26th Mike Goodes $588,003/T1
27th Craig Stadler $547,868/T73
28th Dan Forsman $509,780/T60
29th Steve Elkington $499,052/T49
30th John Riegger $469,457/T15
31st Kohki Idoki $467,297 (-$2,160)/T53
32nd Rod Spittle $452,131 (-$17,326)/T12
33rd Bill Glasson $446,946 (-$22,511)/T53
34th Loren Roberts $419,465 (-$49,992)/T27
35th Scott Hoch $410,906 (-$58,551)/T60

• The winner of the AT&T Championship will receive 285 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Co-leader Kenny Perry is the current leader with 2,760 points and leads co-leader Bernhard Langer (2,266) by 494 points. David Frost remains third with 1,971, but could be eliminated from any chance of winning the Charles Schwab Cup title on Sunday. He is currently T53, and barring a huge turnaround, he won’t earn any points this week, leaving Perry and Langer to battle it out next week in San Francisco for the $1 million annuity which goes to the winner.

• Co-leader Mike Goodes matched his career-low round on the Champions Tour with a 9-under 63 Saturday. Goodes shaved 10 strokes off his opening-round effort (1-over 73) and moved up 43 places in the standings. Goodes also had a second-round 63 last month at the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary.

• A win by Colin Montgomerie, Anders Forsbrand, or Scott Dunlap would make them the eighth player to win their first Champions Tour title in San Antonio. They would join Bruce Crampton (1986), J.C. Snead (1993), John Mahaffey (1999), Fred Funk (2006), John Cook (2007), Phil Blackmar (2009) and Rod Spittle (2010) with that distinction.

• In the previous 28 AT&T Championships, second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this event 14 times. Since 2000, the following second-round leaders/co-leaders that have gone on to win -- Fred Couples (2011), Fred Funk (2006), Mark McNulty (2004), Craig Stadler (2003) and Dana Quigley (2002). All five held sole possession of the lead going into the final round. So far in 2013, 10 of the 24 leaders/co-leaders going into the final round have gone on to win.

• Kenny Perry has birdied all eight par-5’s so far in this event.

• The forecast for Sunday is for mostly cloudy weather in the morning with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm in the morning before becoming partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs are expected to be near 80.