McGovern matches record at Albertsons Boise Open

September 21, 2007
By Chris Reimer PGA TOUR Staff

BOISE, ID -- Jim McGovern shot a second-round 6-under-par 65 to move to 14-under-par for a two-stroke lead on Brenden Pappas at the $675,000 Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health.

Inside the numbers
Jim McGovern this week
Birdies 14
Pars 22
Bogeys 0
Driving Accuracy 57.1
Driving Distance 305.8
Putts Per Round 26.5
Putts Per GIR 1.655
GIR 80.6

"I'm in a pretty good spot. Everything just feels great right now. I moved the ball forward in my stance and it has really helped my putting this week," McGovern said. "It is tough to follow up a good round, but I got my mind set before the start of today's round and just kept things easy out there."

Following up his lowest round in five years on the Nationwide Tour, McGovern's two-round total of 63-65-128 (14 under par) matches Kevin Stadler's tournament record set last year for the lowest 36-hole start at this event. The two-round total also marks McGovern's lowest 36-hole start of his Nationwide Tour career. McGovern's second consecutive bogey-free round included a birdie on the 226-yard par 3 13th hole, which ranked as the most difficult hole on Friday.

"I might be zero for my life hitting that green," McGovern said. "But today, I chipped in. So I beat the hole today."

The 42-year-old graduate of Old Dominion University played in the inaugural tournament in Boise in 1990. The Albertsons Boise Open is one of four remaining tournaments that were on the Nationwide Tour's original schedule 17 years ago. Since then, McGovern has bounced between the Nationwide Tour and the PGA TOUR, winning three Nationwide Tour events and the 1993 Shell Houston Open on the PGA TOUR.

With 17 of the top 25 players on the money list not around for the weekend, McGovern and Pappas have a chance to make a push towards "THE 25" and the ultimate goal of earning their 2008 PGA TOUR card.

"I've always said that 1990 was one of the most fun years of my life. This tour is family out here. It's a great tour, a great bunch of guys, small towns and great people that work these events," McGovern said of the possibility of returning to the PGA TOUR. "But I do miss the PGA TOUR, no question. I would love to get back out there and play 30 events next year.

"That is where you test yourself. That is where you find out how good you really are."

Pappas shot a 4-under-par 67 and is 12-under for the tournament following the second round. The 37-year-old winner of the 2006 Rex Hospital Open ranks No. 31 on the money list. At last week's Oregon Classic presented by Kendall Auto Group, Pappas birdied holes 15, 16 and 17 during the final round. Needing a birdie to get into a playoff, his second shot on the par-5 18th landed in a bunker about 40 yards from the hole. Pappas couldn't manage the up-and-down and finished the event T-4.

"Today was a personal statement day for me. It seems like I am never able to have a good round after a great round. Your great rounds are only as good as your next round," Pappas said of following Thursday's 8-under-par 63. "You can't control what other guys do. You can't control what the other guys do out there and you never cheer against anyone else. That just brings bad karma. You cheer for yourself. At this point, I feel like I am the guy to beat out there."

Pappas is $22,889 outside of the 25th spot on the money list, held by Miguel Carballo. Pappas said that he is always aware of his position on the money list, but this year, he is just going to play golf and let the money take care of itself. The South African finished 2004 no. 137 on the PGA TOUR money list narrowly missing his card and last year finished 24th on the Nationwide Tour money list, missing his PGA TOUR card by $12,000.

Second-Round News & Notes: Friday's round was McGovern's 10th straight round of par or better... After yesterday's first-round scoring average of 69.519 set the tournament mark for the lowest first-round average, Friday's second-round average of 69.902 also is the tournament's lowest second-round scoring average in tournament history... 65 players made the cut at 4-under-par, the lowest score for the cut at this event... Scores may not stay as low on the weekend as the forecast calls for possible showers and winds from 20-30 mph on Sunday.... John Riegger and Arjun Atwal withdrew from the tournament during the second round. Deane Pappas was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard following round one ... 16-year-old Tadd Fujikawa finished Friday's round at 1-under-par and missed the cut.