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Langer leads at Dominion Energy Charity Classic

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Bernhard Langer, 67-63 – 130 (-14)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 1st / Projected: 1st


• Tied the competitive course record with a 9-under-par 63 set in the final round by Kevin Sutherland in 2016 and matched earlier today by Vijay Singh.
• His 9-under-par 63 was his low round on Tour this year, surpassing a trio of 64s, the most recent coming in the opening round at the PURE Insurance Championship, an event he would go on to win.
• So far in 2017, 55 of his 63 rounds have been under par, with 48 of those in the 60s.
• In his PGA TOUR Champions career, has led or shared the lead 35 times heading into the final round and has won 21 of those, including the last two at the Senior Open Championship and the PURE Insurance Championship.
• Owns the lowest final-round scoring average on Tour at 67.89.
• The winner of the last three Charles Schwab Cups, he has five wins and 10 top-three finishes in 19 starts this year. With $3,012,359 in winnings, it is his third $3 million season on PGA TOUR Champions. He set the single-season record in 2014 ($3,074,189), and he’ll break that record with an eighth-place finish or better.
• Should he win, it would be his sixth victory in 2017, the most in a season by a PGA TOUR Champions player since Larry Nelson won six in 2000.
• Leads all players in greens in regulation at 91.67% (33 of 36), is second in putting average and T2 in driving accuracy (25 of 28).
• The Dominion Energy Charity Classic is one of just 10 tournaments on this year’s 26-tournament schedule that he has not won.
 
Vijay Singh, 70-63 – 133 (-11)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 10th / Projected: 10th

• His course record-tying 9-under-par 63 (Kevin Sutherland/2016) included 10 birdies with the only bogey coming on No. 3. His 63 was later matched by Bernhard Langer.
• Making his first start in this event after playing just six events in 2016.
• Last week, he finished T2 at the SAS Championship, his fifth top-10 of the season in nine starts.
• Has birdied seven of the eight par-5s on this course and leads all players with 15 birdies.
• Teamed with Carlos Franco earlier this year to win the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.
• The World Golf Hall of Famer finished second to Bernhard Langer in May at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
• Owns more than 50 wins worldwide, including 34 on the PGA TOUR.
 
Joe Durant, 67-67 – 134 (-10)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 15th / Projected: 11th

• He has six top-10s this season, with his best showing a T3 at the American Family Insurance Championship.
• Last year, he had playoff finishes of T6, T10 and T15 and finished fifth in the final Schwab Cup standings. He carded rounds of 71-70-67 to finish T10 at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
• Has made just one bogey through his first 36 holes (No. 2 on Saturday).
 
Michael Allen, 71-64 – 135 (-9)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 46th / Projected: 43rd

• Rebounded from a 1-under-par 71 with a bogey-free 8-under-par 64, one shy of the course record.
• The 64 was his best round since a final-round 7-under-par 63 at the 2016 Shaw Charity Classic.
• Needed just 25 putts on Saturday, including 11 one-putts. Had just 29 on Friday and is currently second in putts per round at 27.0.
• Finished T13 here a year ago.
• First and only top-10 finish did not come until last month when he was T9 at the JAPAN AIRLINES Championship.

Second-Round Lead Notes

• One year ago, Tom Byrum and Scott McCarron held the 36-hole lead at 10-under-par 134, two strokes better than Bernhard Langer.
• So far in 2017, 14 of 23 second-round leader/co-leader have gone on to win the event, including the previous two events.
• This is the largest second-round lead since Jerry Kelly led by three strokes at the Boeing Classic.
 
Schwab Cup Projections

After this week, the top 54 players in the Schwab Cup standings will advance to the PowerShares QQQ Championship. Last year, when the first playoff event was the PowerShares QQQ Championship, two players moved into the top-54 and advanced to the second weekend of the playoffs. Lee Janzen finished T25 and moved from 56th to 54th, while Scott Parel finished T10 and moved from 62nd to 53rd.

Other Notes

• Bernhard Langer and Vijay Singh have been paired just twice this year and it came at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship where they played the final two rounds together. Langer shot a 70 on Saturday and a 68 on Sunday, while Singh shot a 67 on Saturday and 70 on Sunday. Langer won the event by one stroke, the first of three major championships this year.
• David Toms now has a streak of 78 consecutive holes without a bogey. The PGA TOUR Champions record is 98 by Morris Hatalsky in 2003.
• There was a big swing in the overall course scoring average on Saturday. After the competitors averaged 71.132 on Friday, the average dropped to 69.433 on Saturday with near-perfect playing conditions.
• Defending champion Scott McCarron is T25 after a 4-under-par 68. He is projected to remain No. 2 in the Schwab Cup standings.
• Kenny Perry bounced back from his even-par 72 on Friday with a 5-under-par 67 and is now T17. He is projected to remain No. 3 in the standings.
• Best finish of the day was turned in by Miguel Angel Jimenez. He finished eagle-birdie-eagle which helped him offset five bogeys in his round of 3-under-par 69.
• Kevin Sutherland shot a second consecutive 2-under 70 and is T25. He is projected to remain No. 4 in the standings.
• Colin Montgomerie, winner of two of the last four tournaments, moved up 15 places in the standings on Saturday from T27 to T12 after shooting a 5-under-par 67. He is projected to move to No. 6 in the standings.
• Jerry Kelly withdrew after four holes due to a back injury. He was fifth in the Schwab Cup race at the start of the week.

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