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2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic, (The 24th of 26 official events on the 2014 Champions Tour), Rock Barn Golf & Spa (Champions); October 17-19, 2014, Conover, NC; Purse: $1,600,000; Par/Yards : 35-36—71/6,874; Charles Schwab Cup points: 240

Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs in the upper-60s. Winds were from the WNW at 10-15 mph.

Current Leaderboard

Name

Score

Jay Haas

63-67—130 (-12)

David Frost

67-65—132 (-10)

Kirk Triplett

66-66—132 (-10)

Joe Durant

63-69—132 (-10)

Wayne Levi

67-66—133 (-9)

Jay Haas (63-67-130/-12)

He followed his opening-round 8-under-par 63 with a 4-under-par 67 and leads at 12-under-par 130.

Is bidding for his first win on the Champions Tour since the 2012 Principal Charity Classic which was the 16th of his career. This is his 51st start since his last victory in Iowa.

Haas owns two previous wins in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn (2005, ‘09). In those two wins he was tied with Nick Price after 36 holes in 2009 and T3, three behind Dana Quigley after 36 holes in 2005.

Should Haas prevail on Sunday, he would become the 22nd player aged 60 or older to win on the Champions Tour and the first since Craig Stadler at the 2013 Encompass Championship. At age 60 years, 10 months and 17 days, he would be the 10th oldest winner on Tour. The late Mike Fetchick remains the oldest at age 63 years to the day)

Haas’ 67 was his 22nd consecutive sub-par round, the best current streak on the Champions Tour and it was also his 32nd consecutive round par/better. Both are the best streaks on the Champions Tour in 2014.

The last time Haas held sole possession of the lead going into the final round was at the 2012 Principal Charity Classic. He would go on to win that event by five strokes over Kirk Triplett and Larry Mize.

Haas has led or shared the lead 11 previous times entering the final round in his career and has won seven of those events.

Haas is enjoying his best season on Tour since 2009 and has earned over $500,000 more than he did a year ago. His 14 top-10 finishes to date are the most since he had 14 in 2008.

Player Notes:

  • With just two events left before the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, here is where players currently 27-36 on the money list stand after two rounds of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.

Position

Name

2014 Earnings

Current Position

27th

Jeff Maggert

$608,066

T17

28th

Mark Calcavecchia

$606,999

WD

29th

Paul Goydos

$587,288

T8

30th

Esteban Toledo

$585,002

T27

31st

Steve Pate

$557,795 (-$27,207)

T36

32nd

Rocco Mediate

$554,023 (-$30,979)

T12

33rd

Roger Chapman

$542,709 (-$42,293)

T6

34th

Joe Durant

$491,965 (-$93,037)

T2

35th

Mark McNulty

$481,790 (-$103,212)

T62

36th

Bill Glasson

$461,240 (-$123,762)

T6

  • With Bernhard Langer not playing this week, Colin Montgomerie can make up some ground on Sunday to close the gap in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race if he can record a top-10 finish. Langer leads with 3,762, 771 points ahead of Montgomerie, who currently stands T27 here.
  • Sixty-two-year-old Wayne Levi could be in line for his best finish of the season and his best effort since finishing T7 at the 2013 Greater Gwinnett Championship. Levi is currently fifth after 36 holes.  His best finish in 2014 was a T15 with partner Scott Simpson at the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf.
  • Kirk Triplett, the winner of last week’s SAS Championship, is currently T2 and could become the first player to win back-to-back events since Kenny Perry won the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Senior Open in 2013.
  • Roger Chapman is T6 after two rounds, but Sunday could be an important final round for the former two-time major champion on the Champions Tour. Chapman is currently the sixth alternate for next week’s AT&T Championship in San Antonio. A top-10 finish could earn him a berth in the event as a top-10 finisher not otherwise exempt. However, Skip Kendall is currently T12, and like Chapman, is not in next week’s field.
  • Roger Chapman has hit 35 of 36 greens in regulation to lead that category, and Jeff Hart has hit all 28 fairways to lead in driving accuracy this week. Jeff Sluman has the fewest putts after two rounds – 53.
  • Mark Calcavecchia withdrew following his round.

Course Notes:

  • With a bit more wind prevalent on Saturday, the scoring average jumped from 69.788 to 70.150. A total of 33 players had rounds in the 60s and 42 finished below par, six fewer than on Friday.
  • The most difficult hole on Saturday was No. 15 once again with an average score of 4.387 (+.387) followed by No. 11 at 4.338 (+.338). The easiest was No. 1 at 4.550 (-.450) followed by No. 18 at 4.563 (-.438).
  • After two rounds, the most difficult hole in which to make birdie is No. 15 with just 12 birdies after two rounds. Paul Goydos has made a birdie on No. 12 in each round.

Source: PGA TOUR

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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