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Notebook: Tidbits from Day 2 at Oak Hill
Until Friday, Tom Purtzer had only been the leader/co-leader through 36 holes of one other senior major championship. He was tied for the 36-hole lead with seven other professionals at the 2006 Ford Senior Players Championship and eventually finished tied for seventh near Detroit. On the PGA Tour, he was tied for the lead with Larry Nelson halfway through the 1979 U.S. Open at Inverness and eventually finished eighth. Purtzer's best career finish in a Senior PGA Championship is a tie for 19th at Laurel Valley.
The last time Tom Purtzer was a 36-hole leader/co-leader on the Champions Tour was at last year's Bank of America Championship, a 54-hole event near Boston. He eventually finished fourth in that tournament.
Last year after 36 holes of the Senior PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, S.C., Argentina's Eduardo Romero led Japan's Joe Ozaki by two strokes with a two-round total of 6-under 138.
Thus far on the 2008 Champions Tour, five second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win out of 12 official 54-hole events played.
A total of 84 players made the cut at 12-over 152, the most in the history of this championship. The 12-over number is the highest cut in relation to par since 1990 at PGA National (13-over, 157). Eleven PGA Club Professionals made the cut, the most since 2002.
Seven of the nine Senior PGA Champions in the field at Oak Hill made the 36-hole cut with Jay Haas leading the way at 1-over-par 141. Also qualifying for weekend play at Oak Hill were defending champion Denis Watson (146), Tom Watson (147), Allen Doyle (150), and Mike Reid and Tom Wargo, who both finished at 152. Four-time Senior PGA Champion Hale Irwin and Fuzzy Zoeller missed the cut.
Gil Morgan's 12-over 152 total allowed him to make his 11th consecutive cut in the Senior PGA Championship. Morgan finished third in this championship in 1998 and 2006.
Mark O'Meara's 4-under 66 Friday was the low round of the tournament and vaulted him from a tie for 51st into a tie for fourth. Bruce Fleisher, however, made the biggest move of the day. Fleisher's 3-under 67 moved him from a tie for 93rd into a tie for 10th.
Chris Starkjohann had the only eagle of the day at the 323-yard, par-4 14th hole.