Boeing Classic 2014 (18th of 26 official events on the 2014 Champions Tour), TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, August 22-24, 2014, Snoqualmie, Washington;  Charles Schwab Cup points: 300; Purse: $1,700,000; Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,172; Purse: $2,000,000 - 2nd-Round Notes – Saturday, August 23, 2014

Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs in the low-80s with NW winds at 6-12 mph.    

Second-Round Leaderboard

1.   Scott Dunlap 69-63—132 (-12) (Pictured by Getty Images)

2.   Doug Garwood  67-66—133 (-11)

T3. Tommy Armour III 67-68—135 (-9)

T3. Mark Brooks  65-70—135 (-9)

T5. Joe Durant 68-68—136 (-8)

T5. Fred Funk  68-68—136 (-8)

T5. Woody Austin 67-69—136 (-8)

Scott Dunlap birdied five of his last seven hole on the way to a 9-under-par 63 and the 36-hole lead at the 10th annual Boeing Classic. Starting the day T20, Dunlap needed just 24 putts in his bogey-free round and will begin Sunday’s final round with a one-stroke advantage over Doug Garwood, who shot a 6-under-par 66. Both players will be seeking their first wins of their Champions Tour career. Tommy Armour III and Mark Brooks are tied for third, and trail by three strokes. Armour and Brooks are also seeking their first wins.

Scott Dunlap (-12)

He is bidding for his first Champions Tour win in his 16th official start and if successful tomorrow, he would become the third rookie and fourth first-time winner on the circuit this year.

Posted a 9-under-par 63 today, matching his low round on the Champions Tour which he shot earlier this year in the opening round at the Allianz Championship.

Was winless in 204 career starts on the PGA TOUR, but was a two-time winner on the Tour, including the 2008 Panama Movistar Championship and the 2004 Mark Christopher Charity Classic.

Owns three top-three finishes on the PGA TOUR, including THE PLAYERS Championship in 2000.

In addition to his wins on the Tour, he owns nine victories worldwide, including in Canada, Peru, Argentina and South Africa. He has played golf on six continents.

He could become the second consecutive player to make the Boeing Classic his first victory on the Champions Tour. John Riegger did so last year.

Made his debut at the 2013 AT&T Championship where he finished T15. His best finish this year was a T5 at the Toshiba Classic

Made four starts on the Tour earlier this year and made one cut – T51 Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

Doug Garwood (-11)

Is making just his 11th start this year on the Champions Tour with his best effort a second-place finish at the Principal Charity Classic where he lost in a two-hole playoff to Tom Pernice, Jr. in Des Moines.  He was fourth in his next start at the Encompass Championship.

Is a conditionally-exempt player this year after finishing 8th at last year’s Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament. Looked to be on his way to securing one of the fully-exempt spots (top five) at the 2013 Q-School but three-putted for bogey on the 72nd hole to fall back into a four-man playoff for one of the final two exempt spots. However, made a double bogey on the second extra hole to fall four spots and earn his conditional exemption.

Doug Garwood could become 1st Q-School graduate to win a Champions Tour event since Esteban Toledo last year at the Montreal Championship.

Played on the Tour from 2002-05 with his best finish a second at the 2002 State Farm Open where he was one of four players in a playoff won by Andy Miller.

College standout at Fresno State where he won All-American honors in 1983. One of his teammates was Kevin Sutherland.

Tournament Notes

Of the top seven players on the current leaderboard, six are still seeking their first victory on the Champions Tour. The only player with a win in that group is Fred Funk.

Best turnaround on Saturday was by Jeff Brehaut. A day after finishing 16-over par on the back nine in the opening round (he started on No. 10), Brehaut shaved 16 strokes off that total on Saturday, finishing with a 4-under-par 32 on those same stretch of holes.  After shooting a 14-over-86 on Friday, he finished with a 5-under-par 67, a 19-stroke swing, the largest improvement in scores in tournament history. The previous best was 14 strokes by John Schroeder (2005/83-69) and Jeff Sluman (2013/79-65). Both of those came in the first two rounds.

The winner of the Boeing Classic has come from the final grouping in five of the previous six years. The only time it didn’t happen during that span was in 2012 when eventual winner Jay Don Blake was in the second-to-last grouping on Sunday.

In the previous nine Boeing Classics, five second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win the tournament. Saturday leaders to go on and win in Seattle are: David Eger (2005), Loren Roberts (2009), Bernhard Langer (2010), Mark Calcavecchia (2010) and John Riegger (2013). No winner of this event has ever come from further back than four strokes (2007/Denis Watson) on Sunday or further back that the T4 position (Tom Kite/2006).

Thus far in 2014, 11 of the previous 17 events have been won by Saturday leaders. Prior to Bernhard Langer’s come-from-behind win last week, Saturday leaders had won four of the previous five events.

Players in the last group have gone on to win the Boeing Classic six times – 2005/David Eger, 2008/Tom Kite, 2009/Loren Roberts, 2010/Bernhard Langer, 2011/Mark Calcavecchia and 2013/John Riegger.

Tomorrow’s winner will earn 300 Charles Schwab Cup points. Bernhard Langer is the current leader with 3,624 points, 633 ahead of Colin Montgomerie. Langer is currently T28.

After playing to a stroke average of 71.185 yesterday, the TPC Snoqualmie Course had a stroke average of 71.679 today. There were 18 rounds in the 60s today compared to 23 yesterday and 42 sub-par rounds compared to 45 on Friday.

Here is where the players from Washington stand after two rounds – Jeff Coston (T20), Fred Couples (T36) and Rick Fehr (T70).

Scott Dunlap, Joe Durant and Fred Funk all posted bogey-free rounds today.

So far there have been 20 eagles in the event, including six on par-4s.

Scott Dunlap and Doug Garwood have played in the final grouping earlier this year. Dunlap at the Allianz Championship (finished T3) and Garwood at the Principal Charity Classic (2nd).

Hole No. 14, considered the signature hole at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, has yet to yield an eagle through two rounds. There has been at least one each year since the event began in 2005. There have been 22 eagles in tournament history. There was just one a year ago and that was by Kenny Perry in the final round. R.W. Eaks has made an eagle three times on No. 14. Tom Kite has yet to make an eagle on No. 14, but has made the most birdies – 18.


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