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Langer leads SENIOR PLAYERS entering weekend

PARTIAL SECOND-ROUND NOTEBOOK

Bernhard Langer, 13-under (through 16)


• For just the second time this season, Langer opened with a bogey on his first hole. This year, he is 11-under par on his first hole of the day (13 birdies, 2 bogeys, 22 pars).
• He was on No. 8 green at the time of the first suspension and No. 17 tee at the time of the second suspension. He was 5-under on the nine holes he played between delays, including birdies on Nos. 10, 11, 12, 13, 16.
• This season, he has three victories and seven top-five finishes, and he has led the Charles Schwab Cup standings 11 of the 13 weeks. With his win at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, he became the Tour’s all-time leader in major victories (9) and he became the first player to win all five majors on PGA TOUR Champions.
• He is the three-time defending champion, and if he wins again this year, the four consecutive victories would be the second-longest streak in PGA TOUR Champions history.

Corey Pavin, 65-68 – 133 (-11)

• Pavin birdied his first five holes Friday en route to a front-nine 31. After he bogeyed No. 10, his first shot after the weather delay was a made birdie putt on No. 11. He also birdied No. 13, but finished with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 18 to post a second-round 68. His 133 total is his best 36-hole start since the 2011 Montreal Championship.
• He has nine top-10s in 26 major starts on PGA TOUR Champions, and he finished runner-up at the 2010 Senior Open Championship and the 2012 U.S. Senior Open. Likely, this will be the sixth time he’ll start the weekend in the top-10.
• He missed the better part of the 2016 season due to a torn tendon in his right elbow. His last tournament of 2016 was the Insperity Invitational in May, and his first event after his surgery was in March 2017 at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic.
• His best finish of the season was a tie for second with partner Duffy Waldorf at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge. Individually, his best finish was a tie for 13th at the American Family Insurance Championship. He is currently 50th in the Schwab Cup standings.
• He has two top-10s in six previous starts at this tournament, with his best finish being a tie for sixth in 2014.

Scott McCarron, 67-68 – 135 (-9)

• McCarron birdied three of his first five holes, and he took a one-stroke lead after his birdie on No. 5. He was a co-leader at 11-under through 12 holes, but settled for a 9-under total after bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14.
• He is making his 10th major start on PGA TOUR Champions, and in all likelihood, this will be the seventh time McCarron enters the weekend in the top-10. His best position after 36 holes was T2 at this year’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, and he went on to finish T5.
• This season, McCarron has six top-10s, including top-five finishes at the Regions Tradition (T2) and the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship (T5). He tallied his third career victory at the Allianz Championship, and he is fourth in the Schwab Cup standings.

Other Notes

• This is the third straight major in which a round was not completed on the same day it started. At the U.S. Senior Open, the second round was completed Saturday morning, due to storms on Friday. At the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the first round was completed Friday morning and the second round was completed Saturday morning.
• A day after needing just 22 putts in his opening-round 64, Larry Mize shot 76 with 32 putts on Friday. He fell to 4-under and is currently T15.
• Fred Funk, an alumnus and former golf coach at the University of Maryland, is T21 at 3-under. He was born in Takoma Park, just 40 miles south of Caves Valley Golf Club.

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