2014 Quebec Championship Second-Round Notes – Saturday, September 6, 2014

Weather: The start of the second round was delayed for two hours after more than a half-inch of rain fell overnight on Friday and into Saturday morning rendering the course temporarily unplayable. Play eventually started at 12:10 p.m. under partly cloudy skies. Highs during the day were only in the mid-60s with winds from the NW at 10-15 mph. Additional rain fell again for an hour early on Saturday afternoon but there were no further delays.       

Second-Round Leaderboard

T1. Brad Faxon  67-67–134 (-10)
T1. Esteban Toledo 68-66–134 (-10)
3.   Loren Roberts  67-69–136  (-8)
T4. Jay Haas 68-69–137  (-7)
T4. Wes Short, Jr. 69-68–137  (-7)
T4. Scott Simpson 69-68–137  (-7)

Recap Of The Round:  Two players hungry for a victory share the 36-hole lead at the 2014 Quebec Championship at La Tempete Golf Club outside of Quebec City. Brad Faxon, winless in a stroke-play event on the Champions Tour since the rain-shortened 2011 Insperity Championship, birdied the last hole on Saturday to shoot his second consecutive 67 and forge a tie with Mexico’s Esteban Toledo, the event’s defending champion. Toledo is searching for his first win on the Champions Tour since prevailing at Richelieu Valley near Montreal a year ago when he defeated Kenny Perry in a playoff. He carded a bogey-free 66 today, equaling the best score of the field in Round 2.  59-year-old Loren Roberts is only two strokes back after managing a 69 on Saturday. He’s hoping to win for the 14th time on the Champions Tour tomorrow and is looking for his first victory on the circuit since the 2012 Toshiba Classic. A steady rain overnight led to a two-hour delay in getting the round started and forced officials to use lift, clean and place rules. The final group finished in near darkness and temperatures were dropping into the low-50s at the conclusion of the round.

Brad Faxon (67-67—134/-10)

Faxon is making his second career appearance in the Quebec Championship. Was T20 last year at Richelieu Valley near Montreal.

He’s playing in his 13th event on the 2014 Champions Tour and his only performance among the top 20 was solo 17th at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

He is seeking to win his third title on the Champions Tour in his 66th career start on the circuit. Last victory came with partner Jeff Sluman at the 2013 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Faxon shares a 36-hole lead on the Champions Tour for the first time in his Champions Tour career.

Faxon was the sole leader after two rounds at the 54-hole 2011 Insperity Championship and won after heavy rains in Houston canceled the final round.

He won eight times on the PGA TOUR and lost in a playoff to Bob Tway at the 2003 RBC Canadian Open near Hamilton, Ontario.

Stats:   Fairways Hit–15/26 (T68)     Greens Hit In Regulation—28/36 (T12)    Putting—27.0 (T2)

Esteban Toledo (68-66—134/-10)

The defending champion this week is bidding to become the first player to successfully defend a title since Kirk Triplett last year at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Toledo is also trying to become the first player since John Cook to win the same event in consecutive years at two different venues. Cook won the 2009 Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Sonoma Golf Club and then defended successfully the following year at TPC Harding Park near San Francisco.

Toledo is shooting for his third career title on the Champions Tour. He won twice last year with both titles coming in playoffs – Insperity Invitational, Montreal Championship.

Toledo is playing in his 19th event of the season this week and he’s registered two top-10s – 4that the Insperity Invitational, T6 at the Encompass Championship in late June.

Toledo holds a share of the 36-hole lead in a Champions Tour event for the first time. He was the solo leader after two rounds of the 2013 Greater Gwinnett Championship, a 54-hole event, and eventually finished T7.

Last year after 36 holes at Richelieu Valley, Toledo was four strokes off the lead. His final-round 69 moved him up into a playoff with Kenny Perry and he eventually defeated Perry on the third extra hole.

Stats: Fairways Hit—18/26 (T45)    Greens Hit In Regulation—30/36 (T4)     Putting—28.0 (T8)

Tournament Notes

The winner of the Quebec Championship will earn 240 Charles Schwab Cup points and $240,000. Among those on the leaderboard who are outside the top 30 but who could jump into the top 30 with a win tomorrow are Loren Roberts (51st) and Wes Short, Jr. (36th). Esteban Toledo  is currently 30th  and can secure a spot in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship with a high finish tomorrow.

For the first time in the five-year history of the tournament, there are co-leaders. Last year, Bernhard Langer led after 36 holes with a score of six-under 138. The two 10-under scores by Brad Faxon and Esteban Toledo after two rounds this year are the lowest after 36 holes in the tournament since Chien Soon Lu was at 16-under 128 at Fontainebleau Golf Club in 2011.

Thus far in 2014, 11 of the previous 19 events have been won by second-round leaders. Last week in Calgary, Fred Couples was T16 after 36 holes and rallied to win the Shaw Charity Classic in a playoff. It was the furthest position a player has come from on the last day to win in 2014.

Brad Faxon, Esteban Toledo and Loren Roberts will all play in a final grouping on Sunday for the first time this year. The winner has come from the last group in 10 of the last 13 Champions Tour events dating back to the Greater Gwinnett Championship in mid-April. Last week, Fred Couples was in the fifth-to-the-last grouping on Sunday and rallied to win. In the previous four Quebec Championships, no second-round leader/co-leader has gone on the win.

Lee Janzen, the winner of both the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Open Championship as well as the 1995 PLAYERS, made his debut on the Champions Tour yesterday with a one-under 71. Janzen improved that score by four strokes in his second official round as a Champions Tour member, carding a five-under 67 (T8). Grant Waite of New Zealand, the winner of the 1993 Kemper Open, also debuted on the Champions Tour yesterday with a one-over 73. Waite also managed a 67 today and jumped 40 spots into a T23 after two rounds.

Even with lift, clean and place conditions in effect for Round 2 and softer greens, the second-round scoring average was higher than in Round 1. Saturday’s stroke average was 71.275 compared to 70.738 on Friday. There were 21 rounds in the 60s today compared to 26 scores under 70 on Friday.

The par-4 10th hole again played as the most difficult today, 4.463 compared to 4.288. There were no birdies at the 10th hole today after yielding just four birdies on Friday.

Victoria’s Jim Rutledge is the low Canadian player after two rounds with a score of 4-under 140 (T23). Remi Bouchard is the low player from the province of Quebec with a score of 1-under 143. There are five Canadian players in the field this week.

Russ Cochran withdrew after his round today with an injury. Cochran shot 71-77 for the first two days.

Duffy Waldorf is the only player in the field who is bogey free after 36 holes. After a 66 yesterday, Waldorf managed to birdie the final hole today after making 17 straight pars to shoot one-under 71.

Seven players have played the five par-5s at La Tempete Golf Club in a cumulative seven-under for the first two days – P.H. Horgan (T8), Dick Mast (T32), Corey Pavin (T8), Mike Reid (T56), Craig Thomas (T23) and Kirk Triplett (T8).

Source: PGA Tour


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