The Cut and more News & Notes from Friday

May 23, 2009

Weekend TV Times

NBC Sports will televise the final two rounds of the 70th Senior PGA Championship. The dates and TV times (Eastern Time):

Saturday, May 23 — 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 24 — Noon to 3 p.m.

The Cut is 7-over (photo: PGA of America)

The Cut is 7-over (photo: PGA of America)

Cut Falls at 7-Over Par

A total of 77 players will compete over the weekend, with the 36-hole cut falling at 7-over-par 147.

Among those who failed to qualify for weekend play are nine major champions (listed based in order of finish) — Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller, Jerry Pate, Nick Price, Ben Crenshaw, Sandy Lyle, Lanny Wadkins, Bob Charles and Charles Coody.

66 is The Magic Number

With both Michael Allen and Ross Drummond shooting 66 today, four players over the first two rounds have now tied the Canterbury Golf Club competitive course record for low score. Scott Hoch and Tom Purtzer also shot 66, in the first round.

Drummond Goes Low

Ross Drummond made four birdies on the back nine today and posted a 4-under-par 32. Drummond and Lonnie Nielsen are tied for lowest score on the inward nine over the first two rounds.

James Blair, Scott Hoch and Tom McKnight each shot 3-under-par 31 in the opening round, and those remained the best front-nine scores after 36 holes.

Putting Machine

Drummond’s 24 putts today are the fewest in a round by any player over the first two days.

Tough Defense

The good news for Defending Champion Jay Haas is that he made the 36-hole cut. The bad news is that he struggled throughout the second round and finds himself nine strokes back at the midpoint. Haas had five bogeys for the round and shot 74 for a two-day total of 145 (5-over par).

Seven Senior PGA Champions Make Cut

Haas and six other Senior PGA Champions made the 36-hole cut — John Jacobs (3-over par); Tom Watson and Hale Irwin (4-over par); Mike Reid and Haas (5-over par); Allen Doyle (6-over par); and Tom Wargo (7-over par).

Fuzzy Zoeller (8-over par) and Denis Watson (11-over par) missed the cut.

Langer’s Eagle Makes Three

With his eagle-3 at the 15th hole this afternoon, Bernhard Langer joined Kiyoski Murota and PGA Club Professional Jim Woodward as the three players to record eagles over the first two rounds. All eagles have come on No. 15, a 549-yard, par-5.

Major “Rookies” Make the Cut

Larry Mize (1987 Masters), Tom Lehman (1996 British Open) and Bob Tway (1986 PGA Championship) all made the 36-hole cut in their Senior PGA Championship debut.

Mize carded his second straight 69 and is tied for second at 2-under-par 138.

Lehman bounced back from an opening-round 75 to shoot 2-under-par 68 today. He is 3-over par midway through the Championship.

Tway just survived for weekend play after rounds of 75-72 — 147.

Jacobs’ Streak Ends at 20

John Jacobs, who made 18 consecutive pars in his opening round, parred his first two holes today before making a bogey. He had two more bogeys for 73 — 143.

Stockton Matches Jacobs

Dave Stockton and Jacobs, playing partners over the first two rounds, each shot 70-73 — 143.

The Funk Man Plays On

Fred Funk, one of the most popular players in the game, posted back-to-back 71s and is 2-over par, only six strokes out of the lead.

12th is Toughest, 15th Easiest

Through 36 holes, the 461-yard, par-4 12th hole ranks as the toughest on the course. Interestingly, only 23 birdies combined have been made on Nos. 17 and 18 — that’s seven less birdies than on the 12th hole alone.

The easiest hole by far is the par-5 15th, where the field made 85 birdies over the first two days. That’s 23 more birdies than the next-closest hole (No. 16).

Sub-Par Rounds Up by Seven

There were 17 rounds under par yesterday, compared to 10 in the opening round.

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