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Five tied for The Senior Open lead after Round 2 |

Five tied for The Senior Open lead after Round 2

Scoring Notes

• Through two rounds, only 15 of the 285 rounds (5.26%) have been even-par or better. Only four under-par rounds have been recorded: Bernhard Langer (R1, 69), Mauricio Molina (R1, 70), Carl Mason (R1, 70) and Santiago Luna (R2, 70).
• Friday’s scoring average of 78.515 is the tournament’s second-highest single-round average (since 2003). The highest average was 80.118 in 2005 at Royal Aberdeen in the first round. Thursday’s scoring average of 76.815 ranks as the tournament’s sixth-highest single-round average.
• 82 players made the cut, which fell at 13-over-par. It is the second-highest cut since 2003, as the cut was 15-over in 2005 at Royal Aberdeen. Unofficially, the highest cut in tournament history is 23-over at Turnberry in 1987, but that occurred before PGA TOUR Champions classified The Senior Open Championship as an official event.
• The highest cut in PGA TOUR Champions history (since 1980) was 17-over at the 1984 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Hill.


Second-Round Lead Notes

• This is the fourth time in PGA TOUR Champions major history (since 1980) that the 36-hole leader is over-par.

o 1984 U.S. Senior Open – Arnold Palmer led at 2-over 142 at Oak Hill
o 1981 U.S. Senior Open – Bob Goalby led at 2-over 142 at Oakland Hills
o 1980 U.S. Senior Open – William C. Campbell led at 2-over 144 at Winged Foot

• The leading score of 1-over-par 143 is the highest 36-hole lead in tournament history (since 2003). Previously, the highest leading score at the midway point was 1-under 141, by Craig Stadler in 2005. It also matches Gary Player’s leading score of 1-over 143 in 1991, though the championship was unofficial until 2003.
• The five co-leaders after two rounds is the most since The Senior Open became an official PGA TOUR Champions tournament in 2003. In 2004, four players shared the lead entering the weekend. Pete Oakley was one of the co-leaders, and he went on to win.
• Since 2003, the second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win this tournament seven of 14 times, including three of the last four years: Marco Dawson (2015), Bernhard Langer (2014) and Mark Wiebe (2013).
• In this year’s four majors, one player has turned a 36-hole lead into a victory. At the midway point of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, Bernhard Langer led by two and went on to win by one. The other three Friday leaders were: Fred Funk, who finished T4 at the Regions Tradition; Kirk Triplett, who finished second at the U.S. Senior Open; and Langer, who finished T2 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.
• Last year at Carnoustie, Joe Durant and Kohki Idokoi shared the 36-hole lead at 7-under. Durant went on to finish T7, while Idoki finished T30. Eventual champion Paul Broadhurst entered the weekend T15 at 3-under.

Bernhard Langer, 69-74 – 143 (+1)

• Including today, Langer has been a leader/co-leader after eight of the 18 rounds in major championships this year. His major record this season includes wins at the Regions Tradition and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. He has the most major wins in Tour history (9) and is the only player to win all five majors.
• This is the fourth time in 10 starts he has been a leader/co-leader after the second round of The Senior Open. In the previous three occasions, he went on to win twice (2010, 2014) and finish second (2013, lost in a playoff).
• The 3-over-par 74 was just his sixth over-par score in 38 rounds at The Open Championship. His highest score was a 4-over-par 76 in the second round in 2012.

Tom Lehman, 71-72 – 143 (+1)

• Lehman won the 1996 Open Championship at Royal Lytham St. Annes, and he is one of six players in the field that won The Open (John Daly, Sir Nick Faldo, Todd Hamilton, Sandy Lyle and Tom Watson).
• With a win this week, he would become the fourth player to win both The Open and The Senior Open, joining Gary Player, Bob Charles and Tom Watson. Of this trio, Watson is the only player with a Senior Open win since it became an official event in 2003.
• He has five top-10s and one victory this year, and he is currently 10th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

Steve Flesch, 72-71 – 143 (+1)

• He made 14 pars and two birdies through 16 holes, but settled for an even-par 71 after bogeying Nos. 17 and 18.
• He turned 50 on May 23, and he has two fifth-place finishes in his first five starts on PGA TOUR Champions.
• Flesch played in The Open Championship five times, and his best finish was T20 in 2000 at St. Andrews. During his PGA TOUR career, Flesch had four victories, and his career winnings of $18.4 million ranks No. 37 on the all-time money list.

Billy Mayfair, 71-72 – 143 (+1)

• Mayfair is making his sixth start in a senior major, and this is the second time he enters the weekend in the top five. He was in second after 36 holes of the 2016 U.S. Senior Open, and he went on to finish T2.
• This marks the second time he has been a leader after a round on PGA TOUR Champions. He was tied for the lead after a first-round 64 at the 2016 Toshiba Classic.
• Mayfair played in The Open Championship six times, and his best finish was a tie for third in 2001 at Royal Lytham St. Anne.

Mauricio Molina, 70-73 – 143 (+1)

• He earned his spot in the field as the medalist of his qualifier, shooting 68 at Ashburnham.
• He had three top-10s in 41 starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, the last of which was a ninth-place finish at the 2013 Argentine Open.

Other Player Notes

• Spain’s Santiago Luna carded four birdies Friday and turned in the only round under-par, a 1-under 70. He moved 56 spots up the leaderboard and enters the weekend T11 at 5-over-par.
• In addition to Steve Flesch, Brad Faxon was the only other player to shoot even-par 71 on Friday. He improved 62 spots on the leaderboard and is tied for 20th at 7-over.
• Defending champion Paul Broadhurst carded a second-straight 75 Friday and is T29 at 8-over.
• Four of the five players from Wales made the cut. Phillip Price is T10 and leads the quintet after rounds of 74-73. Mark Mouland and Ian Woosnam are T22 at 7-over, while Stephen Dodd is T70 at 13-over.
• Joe Durant withdrew before the second round, citing a neck injury. Tommy Armour III and Bob Tway did not return a scorecard and were disqualified in the second round.

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