John Daly, Michael Allen lead Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

NOTEBOOK

Michael Allen / John Daly (-13)

• Playing Top of the Rock on Friday, Allen and Daly carded three front-nine birdies in the alternate shot format, and they followed with five back-nine birdies in the best ball format. Their 8-under 46 was the day’s best score.
• Last year, Allen and Daly finished T13 in their debut as a team at this tournament.
• Allen is one of seven players to win this event with two different partners, winning with David Frost in 2012 and with Woody Austin in 2016. Should he and Daly go on to win this year, Allen would be the first player to win with three different partners.
• Allen has played all eight tournaments so far this season, and his best finish was T17 at the Rapiscan Systems Classic. He is currently 45th in the Charles Schwab Cup.
• On the season, Daly’s best finish was an eighth-place showing at the Chubb Classic, and he is currently No. 58 in the Charles Schwab Cup. His next scheduled start is at the Insperity Invitational, where he broke through with his first PGA TOUR Champions win last year.

Carlos Franco / Vijay Singh (-12)

• Playing 13 holes of best ball at Mountain Top, defending champions Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh carded a 7-under 32 and are part of the three-way tie for second at 12-under.
• Should Franco and Singh win again, they would be the first team to successfully defend their title since Jim Colbert and Andy North won in 2000 and 2001.
• Franco has played in all eight tournaments so far this season, and his best finish was a T10 at the Toshiba Classic. He is currently 44th in the Charles Schwab Cup.
• Singh’s 2018 season includes a win at the Toshiba Classic, his second career victory and first individual win on PGA TOUR Champions. He has three top-10s in five starts and is No. 4 in the Charles Schwab Cup. He has also played six events on the PGA TOUR, and his best finish was 49th at the Masters.

Other notes

• Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer birdied four of their first five holes at Top of the Rock in the alternate shot format. They added two more birdies en route to a 6-under 48, and they are T2 at 12-under. The team has a combined six Charles Schwab Cups, and this is Langer’s first appearance at this event since 2016, when he and Lehman were T8.
• First-time partners Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett made three birdies in each format at Top of the Rock, resulting in a second-round score of 6-under 48, and a 12-under total. Broadhurst is making his tournament debut, while Triplett is making his fifth start, with his best previous finish being third with Craig Stadler.
• Brandt Jobe and Scott McCarron, teammates when they played college golf at UCLA, were 3-under in alternate shot (4 birdies, 1 bogey) and 4-under in best ball (4 birdies) at Top of the Rock. They are one of three teams tied for fifth at 11-under. Jobe is making his tournament debut, while McCarron has twice partnered with Brad Faxon, finishing T22 in 2016 and T30 in 2017.
• After opening with a 5-under 66, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal shot 6-under 48 after carding three birdies in each format at Top of the Rock. The Spaniards finished T8 in their debut as a team last year.
• Steve Flesch and David Toms round out the trio at 11-under. Flesch and Toms are one of two teams of top-10 players (the other is Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, who are T8 at 10-under). Flesch is coming off a win at last week’s Mitsubishi Electric Classic, his first win on PGA TOUR Champions, while Toms has four top-five finishes this season.
• Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. It was the eighth hole-in-one since the tournament moved to Big Cedar Lodge in 2014, and the first to take place on a course other than Top of the Rock. For Haas, it was his second hole-in-one on PGA TOUR Champions, with the other taking place at the 3M Championship in 2011.

Tournament schedule:

Saturday – 18 teams will play 18 holes at Top of the Rock (par 27-27 – 54); the other 18 teams will play 13 holes at Mountain Top (par 39)
o Format (Top of the Rock): Front nine – Alternate shot; Back nine – Best ball
o Format (Mountain Top): Best ball

Sunday – All players will play 18 holes at Top of the Rock (par 27-27 – 54)
o Format (Top of the Rock): Front nine – Alternate shot; Back nine – Best ball

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