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2014 AT&T Championship (the 25th of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour), San Antonio, Texas, October 24-26, 2014; TPC San Antonio (AT&T Canyons), Par/Yards: 36-36–72/6,923 – Second-Round Notes

Weather: Sunny with highs in the upper-80s and light winds from the SW at 5-10 mph.

Second-Round Leaderboard:

1. Marco Dawson 132/-12 (pictured by Getty Images)

2. Woody Austin 133/-11

3. Wes Short, Jr. 134/-10
T4. Michael Allen 135/-9
T4. Jay Haas 135/-9
T4. Scott Hoch 135/-9

Second-Round Recap:

Marco Dawson birdied four of his first six holes and carved out a 5-under-par 67, good enough for a one-stroke lead over Woody Austin through two rounds of the 30th AT&T Championship, the last full-field event of the 2014 Champions Tour season. Dawson’s 10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th allowed him to move ahead of Austin who carded a bogey-free 65. Wes Short, Jr. of Austin, Texas, posted a second straight 67 and holds down sole possession of third place, just two strokes back of Dawson. The top-30 money-winners after this event earn spots in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. next week.

Marco Dawson (65-67/132 -12)

Holds sole possession of a 36-hole lead on the Champions Tour for the first time in his career. Was second after two rounds of the 3M Championship and eventually finished T3 in Minnesota, his top performance thus far on the circuit. On the PGA TOUR, Dawson held sole possession of the Saturday lead once, at the 1991 Buick Open, and eventually finished T10.

Started the 2014 season as a non-exempt player, but open qualified five times during the first half of the year and eventually played his way into the top 30 with current earnings of $719,714 (18th).

Finished T31 at last fall’s National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Scottsdale.

Won once on the Web.com Tour, claiming the 2002 LaSalle Bank Open.

Made over 400 starts in his PGA TOUR career and best finish was T2 at the 1995 Greater Milwaukee Open…Also was T6 at the 1996 Buick Invitational.

Woody Austin (68-65/133 -11)

Is making his seventh appearance on the Champions Tour this week and best finish thus far in his rookie season is T2 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open…Was also fifth at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and T5 in his debut on the circuit at the Boeing Classic.

His 65 today matches his personal-best 18-hole score (65-Rd. 1/Shaw Charity Classic, Rd. 3/Dick’s Sporting Goods Open) on the Champions Tour.

Won four times on the PGA TOUR with his last title coming at the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship (eighth oldest winner in PGA TOUR history)…Was the PGA TOUR’s Rookie of the Year in 1995.

Played for the American team at the 2007 Presidents Cup in Montreal, Canada.

Best finish on the PGA TOUR in San Antonio was T3 in 2005 at La Cantera.

Tournament Notes:

Rookies have won three of the last seven tournaments on the Champions Tour and hold down the top three spots on the current leaderboard at the AT&T Championship. Should Marco Dawson (-12) or Woody Austin (-11) win tomorrow, they would be the sixth different rookie to win a Champions Tour event in 2014, a record for a single season. Wes Short, Jr. (-10) won in early September at the Quebec City Championship.

Over the long history of this event, seven players have won this tournament on their first try: Don January (1985), Bruce Crampton (1986), Jim Dent (1990), Lee Trevino (1991), David Graham (1997), John Mahaffey (1999), Doug Tewell (2000), Craig Stadler (2003), Mark McNulty (2004), Jay Haas (2005), Fred Funk (2006), John Cook (2007) and Fred Couples (2011).

The last four Champions Tour winners have come from the final grouping. Overall this year on the Champions Tour, 18 of the previous 23 events have been won by players from the final grouping on Sunday.

Marco Dawson’s 12-under-par 132 total for the first two rounds is the lowest 36-hole score at this event since 2011 when Fred Couples was 17-under 127 after two-rounds holes on the AT&T Canyons Course. The last two years at the AT&T Championship, the 36-hole lead has been 8-under 136.

In the 29-year history of the AT&T Championship, second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this event 15 times, but last year’s winner, Kenny Perry, was only the second 36-hole leader/co-leader to do so in the last seven years. Fred Couples was a runaway winner in 2011.

There have only been four playoffs in tournament history but three of them have come in the last four years. Kenny Perry won last year’s tournament in overtime, defeating Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the first extra hole. The year prior, David Frost defeated Langer with a birdie on the second extra hole. In 2010 at Oak Hills, Rod Spittle defeated Jeff Sluman with a par on the first extra hole.

Woody Austin, Michael Allen and Jeff Maggert all posted 65s, the low rounds of the day. Maggert’s round moved him up 51 spots into a T14, the biggest move by a player in the field…Scott Hoch and Jay Haas have each made just one bogey over the first two rounds…Marco Dawson’s 16 birdies are the most by a player in the field thus far…Jeff Hart has hit every fairway over the first two rounds…Scott Hoch and Kirk Triplett have hit 30 of 36 greens in regulation (83.33%)…David Frost has averaged just 24 putts over his first two rounds.

69-year-old Hale Irwin shot 69 today matched his age, the 17th time in his career that he’s shot his age or better and the ninth time this year he’s been able to shoot his age or better.

Wes Short, Jr., a native of Austin, Texas, is trying to become the fourth player born in the Lone Star State to triumph at the AT&T Championship. Don January (Dallas/1985) won the inaugural event while Lee Trevino, an El Paso native, won three times (1991-92, 1998). Kerrville’s John Mahaffey won this tournament in 1999.

Esteban Toledo appears to be in good shape to earn his way into next week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale. Toledo carded a 1-under 71 today and is T18 after the first two rounds this week. Mark Calcavecchia, who came in this week on the bubble at No. 30, is T71 after two rounds after carding an even-par 72 today.

Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer’s 6-under 66 moved him up into a T8 and after Colin Montgomerie, currently in second place in the 2014 Charles Schwab Cup race, struggled with a 4-over 76 (T49), Langer is poised to clinch the Schwab Cup tomorrow. Montgomerie would need a low number on Sunday to have any chance at a top-10 finish. He currently trails Langer by 771 points and should Langer finish in a three-way tie for seventh or better and earn 62 points, he would clinch the Schwab Cup for 2014.

Jay Haas, last week’s winner at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, shot 4-under 68 today, and moved up into position to win for a second consecutive week. It was Haas’ 41st round in the 60s of 62 played this year. The 60-year-old Haas has had just one score above par in 2014. Haas’ round today extended his streak of par/better rounds to 35 in a row, just two rounds shy of Loren Roberts’ all-time record total of 37 straight (2006/2007). One day after shooting a 1-over 73, Haas started his run at the final round of this year’s Regions Tradition in mid-May. .

With a second straight day of favorable weather conditions, the TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Canyons Course played to a scoring average of 71.556 vs. 71.111 on Friday. There were 35 rounds below par today compared to 43 sub-par rounds on Friday.

Source: PGA TOUR

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