Daly, Allen take lead in Bass Pro Legends of Golf

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Photo: Michael Allen drains a birdie putt on the final hole Friday at Top of the Rock.

From PGATour.com

RIDGEDALE, Mo. — John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.

“Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,” Daly said. “We’ve been buddies since. He’s just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he’s not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I’ll go first.”

On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.

“I went to high school in Jeff City, so it’s cool to have the fans behind us,” Daly said.

Allen won the PGA TOUR Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.

“I’m just here to free up John,” Allen said. “It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.”

Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.

“Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you’re up high hitting to a green that’s down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,” Lehman said. “If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.”

 Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.

First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.

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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