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2014 Charles Schwab Cup Championship (the last of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour), Scottsdale, AZ, October 30-November 2, 2014; Purse: $2,500,000 ($440,000/880 Charles Schwab Cup points to the winner), Desert Mountain Club (Cochise)    Par/Yards: 35-35–70/6,929 - Second-Round Notes – Friday, October 31, 2014

Weather: Sunny and warm with highs in the upper-80s and winds from the SE at 10-15 mph with occasional higher gusts.

Second-Round Leaderboard:

Player

Score

Position

Charles Schwab Cup Position

Jay Haas

66-62–128 (-12)

1

No. 3—1,953 points

Tom Pernice, Jr.

65-67–132 (-8)

2

No. 9—1,012 points

Kenny Perry

66-68–134 (-6)

3

No. 4—1,633 points

Fred Couples

71-64–135 (-5)

T4

No. 7—1,119 points

Michael Allen

69-66–135 (-5)

T4

No. 8—1,068 points

Olin Browne

68-67–135 (-5)

T4

No. 28—518 points

Round 2 Recap

On the cusp of setting a new Champions Tour mark for most consecutive rounds par/better, Jay Haas let nothing stand in the way of that quest on Friday. The 60-year-old Wake Forest product blitzed the Cochise Course at the Desert Mountain Club with an 8-under-par 62, running his streak to a record 38 in succession.  It broke Loren Roberts mark set in 2006-’07. Haas’ round included eight birdies and helped him build a four-stroke advantage over Tom Pernice, Jr.

The second rounds here at the Cochise Course have been very good to Jay Haas since the event has been held here. In those two rounds (posted 60 & 62), Haas is a combined 18-under-par. Below is a rundown on those two rounds.

Jay Haas’ 2nd Round in 2012 vs. 2014…

Category

2012

2014

Score

60

62

Pars

8

10

Birdies

10

8

Bogeys

0

0

Driving Accuracy

8/13

10/13

GIR

17/18

13/18

Putts

26

28

Jay Haas (66-62–128/-12)

Making his 10th career appearance in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship this week and his best  finishes here were a pair of second-place efforts in 2005 and 2012.

Set a new tournament mark today when he shot an 8-under-par 62. It was his 38thconsecutive par/better round breaking Loren Roberts’ record of 37 set in 2006-’07. Haas also has 28 sub-par rounds in a row, three shy of Gil Morgan’s mark set in 2000.

Of his 62 rounds this year, only one of those has been over par. That came in the third round at the Regions Tradition (1-over-par 73). He shares the Champions Tour lead in Rounds in the 60s with Bernhard Langer with 43 each.

His 36-hole total of 12-under-par 128 is the second-best numerical score in tournament history. Haas set the record in 2012 when he posted rounds of 66-60—126 (-14) here.

He leads all players with 13 birdies through two rounds. His 62 was the second of his career. He also had one in the first round at the 2009 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

Haas became the 18th different player aged 60 or older to win on the Champions Tour when he won the Greater Hickory Kia Classic earlier this month. At age 60 years, 10 months and 17 days, he is the 10th oldest winner on Tour.

His victory in Hickory was the 17th title on the Champions Tour and first since the 2012 Principal Charity Classic. He has won at least one event eight of his 11 years on Tour. His 17 wins ranks 16th on the all-time victory list. He also owns nine wins on the PGA TOUR.

Is a two-time winner of the Charles Schwab Cup.

He will serve as the United States captain at the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea.

Championship Notes:

A day after shooting a 1-over-par 71, defending champion Fred Couples played himself back into contention with a 6-under-par 64 which helped him jump from T18 to T4. His round included a 6-under-par 29 on the back nine. Thirteen of the 17 rounds he’s played in this event have been in the 60s.

Since the Charles Schwab Cup Championship became a 72-hole event, eight of 20 leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win the event. The last to do so was Fred Couples in 2013 when he led Peter Senior by two strokes after two rounds at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Jay Haas, Tom Pernice, Jr., and Michael Allen all posted bogey-free rounds on Friday.

Eagles remain a rarity at this year’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Through two rounds, there has been just one eagle and that was by Joe Durant in the first round (No. 8). When the event was held here in 2012, there were four eagles in the first two rounds.

With Bernhard Langer having clinched the Charles Schwab Cup last week, he’s now attempting to surpass Hale Irwin’s single-season earnings record ($3,028,304 in 2002). If the Charles Schwab Cup Championship ended today, here’s the projected final 2014 money totals:

                     Player

2014 money total/rank coming into the Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Projected final 2014 official money total/rank

Bernhard Langer

$2,916,189/1st

1st/$3,001,389

Colin Montgomerie

$1,906,381/2nd

3rd/$1,958,974

Jay Haas

$1,685,974/3rd

2nd/$2,125,974

Here’s how the four players in the field with ties to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area did in Rounds 1-2:

Kenny Perry – (2009 Waste Management Phoenix Open winner) – 66-68–134 (-6/3rd)
Kirk Triplett (Scottsdale) – 69-71–140 (E/T19)

Michael Allen (Scottsdale) – 69-66–135 (-5/T4)
Tom Lehman (Scottsdale) – 71-70–141 (+1/T21)

Here is how the course has played in the two years it has been held at the Cochise Course.

Year

2012

2014

1st Round Scoring Average

69.133

69.800

Sub-Par Rounds

18

14

2nd  Round Scoring Average

67.833

68.800

Sub-Par Rds./Rds. in 60s

18

14

Two-Round Average

68.433

69.300

The par-4 4th hole played as the most difficult in Round 2 (4.300) with no birdies made on the hole. Nineteen players in the field birdied the par-5 8th hole. This was the second straight day there was not a birdie on one hole. In the opening round it was No. 12. Four players made birdies there today.

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Source: PGA TOUR, Image – Getty Images

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