Doug Garwood shot 67 Friday in the second round of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship – and lost ground.
Bernhard Langer, the leader, Bill Glasson, John Riegger and Michael Allen all shot 64s. Kenny Perry shot 63.
Langer added his 64 to an opening 65 and is at 11-under 129, a pair of shots better than Garwood and Glasson, with Riegger, Allen, Joe Durant (68) and Mark McNulty (66) another shot back. Perry, the defending champion, is at 133.
Garwood, 51, may be new to the Champions Tour but he’s been around long enough to know what he’s up against. That may have something to do with his it-is-what-it-is approach.
“I really don’t have goals or expectations as far as the rest of the tournament,” Garwood said after posting 131. “I stay in the now pretty much and just deal with what’s right in front of me. Not even thinking about the weekend yet.”
In front of Langer after his torrid round was a trip to the equipment van to get his go-to driver repaired. After hitting a solid drive off the 18th tee, Langer heard an unwelcomed noise.
“As I picked up my tee I heard it rattle in my driver head and I’m going, ‘Wow, what’s the rattling for?’ ” he said. “I grabbed the head, it was loose, so something broke inside the screw that holds the shaft in. I think that’s broken. I don’t know yet. I have to go and see the tour rep down there or the guy that repairs the clubs and see if he can fix that one or I have to go to my backup driver.”
Perry played alongside Langer – they had a better ball 30-30—60. Langer had five birdies and an eagle; Perry made seven birdies.
“I don’t know if they’re going to be able to fix that driver so it may give us a shot,” Perry said. “(Langer’s) playing flawless golf. The only reason he made bogey on that 14th hole, he had a mud ball that shot it way left of the green. He’s hitting it perfect, so he’s going to be a hard man to catch. I’m going to have to keep shooting 62s to catch him.”
Langer’s round featured an eagle-2 on the seventh hole where he holed a 30-yard pitch shot on the 299-yard par 4.
Garwood was beaten in a playoff at the Principal Charity Classic earlier this season when Tom Pernice Jr. birdied the second extra hole. Last week, Garwood finished fourth at the Encompass Championship. A two-time All-American at Fresno State, Garwood never reached the PGA TOUR. His play-for-pay was limited to mini-tours. He has been the breakthrough performer this year on the Champions Tour.
Garwood insists he has no specific goals, a sentiment belied by the fact that he keeps giving himself chances to win.
“I’ve always believed the lower the expectation, the easier it is to meet,” he said. “There’s enough pressure just being out there with all the hoopla. So I just go out and try to shoot my best … it just kind of happens.”
While the Langers, Perrys and Allens expect to win every time they tee it up on the Champions Tour, Garwood is content to take what he gets.
“Every day’s like Disney Land for me,” he said. “Finishing second (in Des Moines), I guess it was disappointing that I didn’t win, but if you would have told me at the beginning of the week, hey, you’re going to finish second in this event and win 150 grand, I think I would have taken it. So I just looked at the positives.”
Source: PGA Tour