The Chrysler Classic in some people’s minds (perhaps mine) plays second fiddle to the Accenture WGC World Match Play. While that may or may not be true the Classic allows some less prominent figures on the PGA tour to strut their stuff as is proved by the occupants of the winner’s circle for the last five years: Carter, Willis, Leggatt, Lickliter and Slocum.
Today’s leader, Mark Calcavecchia, proved today that he can get the job done on the putting green. He two-putted from 65 feet for birdie on the par-5 10th, two-putted again from 30 feet at the second hole (having started on the back nine), drained a 23-footer for birdie at the fifth, and sunk a 37-footer for eagle at the par-5 eighth. With his solid performance on the putting green and lack of bogies Calcavecchia went to 15 under and moved into the lead.
Mayfair, the first round leader, went five under and kept himself in position as a front runner. “I was really happy with the way I played” said Mayfair. You have to give him some props for not posting a bogie this tournament.
One of the most impressive numbers of the weekend was that the 36-hole cut fell at 5-under-par 139, a tournament record, continuing extremely low scores posted at previous Chrysler Classics.
The results of the Chrysler Classic is anyone’s guess, but Calcavecchia and Mayfair have a golden opportunity to reclaim the glory of former days with a win this weekend.
Pos Name Tot R1 R2 1 Mark Calcavecchia -15 64 65 2 Billy Mayfair -14 63 67 T3 Geoff Ogilvy -13 65 66 T3 Lucas Glover -13 64 67 T3 Gavin Coles -13 66 65 T6 Doug Barron -12 66 66 T6 Esteban Toledo -12 65 67 T6 Kevin Sutherland -12 69 63 T6 Joe Ogilvie -12 66 66 T6 Steve Stricker -12 64 68