Notebook: International leaders making event history
Eduardo Romero, Joe Ozaki and Nick Price have accomplished a feat never before achieved in Senior PGA Championship history. Plus, Ray Floyd sets a new record for cuts made, the 17th hole stays stingy with the birdies, and more.
By Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR Staff
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- International players hold the top three spots on the leaderboard through 36 holes of the 2007 Senior PGA Championship, a first in the 68-year history of this event.
In 1990, a pair of South Africans, Gary Player and Harold Henning, were tied for the lead after two rounds and Player went on to win his third Senior PGA Championship. In 1999, Argentina's Vicente Fernandez was the 36-hole leader and Spain's Jose Maria Canizares was T3.
WAY OUT FRONT (SORT OF): Eduardo Romero's two-stroke lead is the largest after 36 holes in a Senior PGA Championship since Hale Irwin was up by four strokes through 36 holes of the 1998 event.
HALFWAY LEADER AGAIN: The last time Eduardo Romero was a 36-hole leader/co-leader on the Champions Tour was when he was tied for the top spot with Loren Roberts through two rounds of the 2006 Senior British Open at Turnberry. Romero eventually lost to Roberts in a playoff.
Last year after 36 holes, Peter Jacobsen led with a two-round total of 9-under 135. This year, in his first tournament since lower back surgery in mid-March, Jacobsen is at 8-over-par 152 and T65.
HALFWAY TO VICTORY: Thus far on the 2007 on the Champions Tour, seven second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win out of the 11 official events played. Scott Hoch was the last second-round leader/co-leader to win (FedEx Kinko's Classic) on the Champions Tour.
BIG CUT: A total of 78 players made the cut at 8-over-par 150, the most since 2002 at Firestone, when 79 advanced to the weekend. Of the 78 professionals who made it to the weekend this year, nine are PGA Professionals.
STREAKER: Raymond Floyd, the 1995 Senior PGA Championship winner, made his 13th consecutive cut in this event, the longest active streak. Gil Morgan also made his 10th consecutive cut in the Senior PGA Championship. Morgan finished third in this event in 1998 and 2006.
PRICE IS RIGHT: Nick Price, playing in his first Senior PGA Championship, is in solo third place through 36 holes. When he won the first of his three major championships, the 1992 PGA Championship, Price was T7 through two rounds at Bellerive.
RIDING THE WIND: With easterly breezes blowing about 10 mph less than Thursday, the stroke average of the field was lower Friday (75.494) than Thursday (77.278). After just seven players broke par in Round 1, there were 21 rounds under par in Round 2. On Friday at last year's Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree, the scoring average of the field was 74.928 with 18 rounds under par. Through 36 holes, six professionals are under par compared to 13 players under par after two rounds last year at Oak Tree. That's the fewest since there were six sub-par after 36 holes of the 1998 event at PGA National.
TOUGHEST TEST: The Ocean Course's par-3 17th hole again ranked as the most difficult, yielding just five birdies for the second straight day (Andy Bean, Keith Fergus, Des Smyth, Luis Carbonetti, Dave Eichelberger). After playing to a stroke average of 3.714 in Round 1, the hole averaged 3.695 Friday.
RISING UP THE CHART: After posting his best career finish on the Champions Tour earlier this year (T3/Toshiba Classic), Ben Crenshaw is T6 through 36 holes of the 2007 Senior PGA Championship, the best position he's ever been in through two rounds of a senior major. Crenshaw is making his 100th start this week on the Champions Tour and is also making his 19th appearance in a senior major. His previous best position through two rounds at a senior major was T20 in the 2005 Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley.
BIRTHDAY BOY: D.A. Weibring celebrated his 54th birthday Friday with a 2-under 70. Weibring is at 6-over 150 through two rounds on the Ocean Course.